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June 21, 2013

Texas Opry Theater revving it up Saturday

Rev. Cadillac Johnson and The Revelators headline special Parker County Live Show benefiting Parker County Meals on Wheels

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In 1973 Johnson moved to Fort Worth to join Lou Ann Barton in her first band Rockola, which yielded an obscure release. In Fort Worth he found a home at Robert Ealey’s New Bluebird Nite Club. Johnson backed Robert Ealey for years, right up to Ealey’s passing in 2006. It was at the Blue Bird that Johnson met Freddie Cisneros, whom he dubbed with the nickname Little Jr. One Hand. Johnson and Freddie formed the infamous band The Blasting Caps, which still gets together for an annual Texas tour.

Johnson has been fortunate to share the stage with Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughn, Kim Wilson, Doyle Bramhall Sr., Omar Dykes, Cornell DuPree, Buddy Guy, BB King, Albert Collins, Sonny Landreth, Room Full of Blues and many others over the years.

Johnson played with Ray Sharpe, who is the penman of Linda Lou, and became part of Johnnie Red and the Roosters, which released In The Red Zone in 1996. He has been a staple in the Fort Worth blues scene as a journeyman bass player for many years, playing with Holland K. Smith, Dave Millsap, Buddy Whittington, Johnny Reno, and the list goes on. Along with his gospel-blues project with The Revelators, he also plays bass for Guthrie Kennard, Blind Dog Cooley, and co-hosts a weekly jam with Dallas blues great Hash Brown.

After battling years of serious addiction, destructive living and near fatal diseases, Johnson has emerged healed, delivered and redeemed by the power of God. Ordained in 2002, Cadillac has now begun a ministry focusing on youth and those who need encouragement while battling and overcoming areas he himself has dealt with.

Music and ministry remain the focus for Cadillac these days. He is often overheard telling folks, “The best is yet to come.” Those who know Johnson believe he is right.

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