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Pickin' for the Lord

by Johnny Hiland

The first Gospel album from a master chicken picker recognized as "One of the 50 Fastest Guitarists of All Time" according to Guitar World magazine.
Genre: Country: Country Boogie
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Living up on the Mountain
4:11 $0.99
2. What a Friend We Have in Jesus (feat. Greg Martin)
4:09 $0.99
3. I Saw the Light (feat. Brent Mason)
3:08 $0.99
4. Old Rugged Cross
3:24 $0.99
5. Old Time Religion (feat. Thom Bresh)
4:08 $0.99
6. Just a Closer Walk with Thee (feat. Phil Keaggy)
3:25 $0.99
7. Walkin' in Jerusalem (feat. John Jorgenson)
3:27 $0.99
8. Farther Along (feat. Hargus "Pig" Robbins)
5:13 $0.99
9. Hallelujah, I'm Ready
2:42 $0.99
10. Oh Happy Day (feat. Jack Pearson)
7:02 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Guitarist Johnny Hiland began his music career in 2002 and, by 2004, he signed his first record deal with Steve Vai’s Favored Nations label, releasing a self-titled debut album later that year. Legally blind, he is world-renowned as a guitarist, clinician, guitar instructor and session musician.

Johnny Hiland has been named to many “Best of” lists in the guitar world over the years including being named one of the “Five Best Chickenpickers” by, one of the “50 Fastest Guitarists of All Time” by Guitar World magazine and, most recently, one of the “Top 3 Country Guitar Players” in a 2017 Vintage Guitar magazine reader’s poll. In addition, Johnny has played on records for such artists as Toby Keith, Ricky Skaggs, Hank Williams III, Randy Travis, The Dillards, Lynn Anderson, Janie Fricke, Rebecca Lynn Howard, The Ventures’ Nokie Edwards and many others. He has performed on stage with Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, John Jorgenson, George Clinton and P-Funk, Joe Bonamassa, Ricky Skaggs, Toby Keith, Albert Lee, The Kentucky Headhunters, Jack Pearson and others as well as multiple appearances on the Grand Ole Opry.

Ricky Skaggs once said of Johnny, “I think Johnny Hiland is the most versatile guitar player I’ve ever heard. From Bill Monroe to Eddie Van Halen, he can play it all.”

Johnny has released instructional materials for a number of respected companies - Truefire, Mel Bay, Hot Licks and Jam Track Central. He has an enthusiastic fan base from all over the world, and a number of signature products on the market through his many endorsements.

Ted Nugent said of Johnny, “I’ve jammed with the best the world has produced. Johnny stands spirit-to-spirit with them all.”

In 2008, Johnny independently released his second album, "Loud and Proud," with a standout track, “Chicken Pickin’ Heroes,” that includes Vince Gill, Steve Wariner and Ricky Skaggs. In 2010, he signed with Shrapnel Records and recorded his third album, "All Fired Up," which was released to rave reviews.

Sammy Hagar said of Johnny, “We jammed for days … We’re not trying to hype nothin’, he doesn’t need no hype.”

In August 2015, Johnny signed with Crush Worldwide for management, production and booking. Since that time, he has re-released "Loud and Proud" in August 2016 (with a bonus track featuring Thumbpickers Hall of Famer Thom Bresh) and a new studio album, "Standing Strong," in August 2017 and he has Gospel (April 21, 2019 release date) and Christmas albums in the planning stages. In addition, Steve Vai and his Favored Nations label has given us permission to produce physical copies of Johnny's out-of-print first album, "Johnny Hiland," released in March 2019. A weekly radio show, "Guitarmania with Johnny Hiland," co-hosted with Crush Worldwide’s John Haring, began in late 2017 on Renegade Radio and has garnered a worldwide listenership. It is currently on hiatus until late 2019. A video podcast, "Guitar Talk with Johnny Hiland" is being prepared for a July 2019 roll-out and features Johnny interviewing some of the world's finest guitarists.

In January 2018, Johnny signed an endorsement deal with Kiesel Guitars and will play their instruments exclusively. With significant input from Johnny, on June 28, 2018 Kiesel released a Johnny Hiland Signature Model of their Solo guitar, the JH6, which is available now.

Crush Worldwide is currently booking Johnny Hiland for performances, appearances and guitar clinics. He is available for both in-person and phone interviews. Please contact John Haring at 615-974-4886 or

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