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Will H. Johnson: News

Started an acoustic folk duo: Pelican's Grin - April 4, 2012

Yes, another new project! I recently heard Gavin Parsons singing a song by Adele and her tone and pitch really caught my ear. We began rehearsing and discovered that we have good chemistry, and our voices blend well. Check us out, we are called Pelican's Grin.

Joined a band: Chill Factor - March 1, 2012

I recently auditioned for a band called Chill Factor, and I got the job! I replace the local celebrity John Tracy of Channel 2 News as male lead singer. This band plays private parties, municipal and state functions, and various other spots where hours of music and dancing are expected.

Press Picks: Best Solo Act of 2011 (runner up) - October 23, 2011

Just a quick thank you to all my fans and friends who voted for me in the Anchorage Press Picks!

I came in 2nd in the "Best Solo Act" category. I did a lot of hard work this year, and when I get recognition like this it really feels great. Thanks again everybody, and I will be giving even more effort going forward to build on this!

FB/Twitter - June 10, 2011

Hey friends and fans,

Just a reminder, I don't really use this section as a blog anymore (as you can probably tell from the few-and-far-between posts).

You can find me on Facebook (Will H. Johnson) or Twitter (@WillGuitar).


Reducing work, Increasing music - February 13, 2009

Well, after being bogged down for what seems like forever, we finally hired another manager at Garcia's to take some of the load off me. My plan is to devote that free time to the music scene and participate as much as I can.

Manager Will? - September 5, 2007

I have taken a job in management, at my old favorite place, Garcia's Cantina in Eagle River.

We will see how this goes!

Back in AK to stay! - July 15, 2007

Crossing the border near Chicken, AK, I suddenly felt a sense of belonging like never before. I had to get out to realize that this is where I want to be!

Bartending at Mykonos - April 13, 2007

I have landed a very cool job at an upscale Greek restaurant called Mykonos. I am working full time, and I am enjoying it very much. This job solidifies my residence in Bellingham for at least another year or 2, but I will continue working on music as well! Sorry to all my fans in Alaska who won't get to see me this summer.

Alaska here I come! - June 6, 2006

July 5th to the 25th I will be back in the fine state of AK! Woo-hoo!

I've got a lot of gigs in the works, and as they fill in I will update the CALENDAR. I can't wait to see everyone!

Keith & Amy's Wedding/Rhode Island pics - September 5, 2005

I have added pictures from my good friends Keith and Amy's wedding. This was the second leg of a two-coast venture!

CHS 10-Year Reunion - PHOTOS - September 4, 2005

Having just returned from a double destination trip, I have posted photos from the first leg of my two-coast venture. Enjoy!

Bellingham or Bust!! - August 5, 2005

Yes folks, the rumors are true...

I am totally packed and will be hitting the road very soon, within a week. I can't wait to start meeting new people and checking out the Northwest! It's gonna be a long drive though!

Hats off to Palomino!! - July 15, 2005

I was thrilled to get to open for Utah-based Palomino, not once, but TWICE while they were in AK recently!!

I heartily encourage everyone to check these guys out...I have a link to their website in my LINKS section...I really support this band!

Thanks again to Brinton, Fish, Marcus, and Wes (Palomino). : New Look - May 26, 2005

As you can tell the website has had a dramatic facelift...

What do YOU think? Comments welcome!

ADN opinion letter - May 12, 2005

The Anchorage Daily News has published Will's opinion letter regarding Poker in Anchorage.
Scroll down to the 12th entry on the page... - everyone's invited! - May 3, 2005

Hey everyone,

I found this great site for networking. If you are a friend, fan, or musician that wants to link up, just go to
Click 'add to friends' and become part of a cool thing.

I have already reconnected with several long lost friends because of (there are over 14 million members and its still gaining steam).
Check-i check-i check-it out!

ITUNES! - March 8, 2005

After months of processing and waiting, all tracks from the album "Paper & Fire" are available at Itunes!

Be the first on your block to have these tunes on your mp3 player!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! - January 1, 2005

Best wishes to everyone in 2005...

I am working hard on new material for my next album, (tentatively titled "Highway of Souls") and hopefully I will be able to perform a lot of it soon.

I'm soon going to get back on track with gigging and catch up with everyone soon.

Song of the Year results are in... - November 5, 2004

The song "Paper & Fire" took 2nd place in the Pop category of this year's contest. Unfortunately, it didn't win its category or make the top 5 overall songs, so I wasn't invited to perform at the Song of the Year Concert. I will try again next year!

Saturday Market gigs a success! - September 13, 2004

I just wanted to thank everyone who made it over to the stage at the Saturday Market the last two Saturdays. I met a lot of new people and had a great time.

"Home" gets Track Of The Day Award! - August 20, 2004

Big news! The song "Home" has been chosen as "Track of the Day" at! It has also advanced to round 2 of the contest!

Can it go all the way? reviews "Paper & Fire"! - August 16, 2004

There's a nifty site I discovered called

It's kind of like "billboard charts" for independent artists. Songs are reviewed "blind" and ratings are compiled.

Right now the song "Home" is carrying a 5 out of 5 star rating and is quickly climbing the pop/rock chart!

See the link to under "links" tab, and read some of the great reviews!

CDBaby page is up! You can now BUY CDs online! - August 5, 2004

Its easy and reliable...and they ship within 24 hours!
Plus sound samples of all the tracks on the new album! What a great service!

CD Paper & Fire arrives! - July 23, 2004

Yes it's true, the long awaited debut solo CD from Will Johnson is now here and is available locally. Very soon it will be available on the net at!
Check out sound samples for free here at!

Beaten at Bellagio - April 18, 2004

Unfortunately, our hero was bounced from the $2,500 buy-in Bellagio WPT supersatellite after just 19 minutes of play! With A-7 suited in diamonds, Will called a small raise pre-flop. When the board came T-8-3 with two diamonds, Will raised all in, partially hoping to push his opponent off the hand, partially to try and win a big pot. His opponent (Captain Tom Franklin) quickly called with J-J and the board finished out 9 and 9, neither a diamond. But on the upside, Will enjoyed 3 days at the Venetian, gratis breakfast, and meeting several star poker players for his original $100. Excellent parlay!
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