But he finally found his niche when, at 18, he picked up the guitar his dad had bought him some years before and started writing songs. His early songs were autobiographical (Stranded on Mitchem Curve), but his writing soon progressed to include rock commentary (Fast Life, Crude Matter), prosaic folksy story telling (Stranger, Good Rest), and fun pop-rock tunes infused with the Funk, Blues, Gospel, and R&B influences he grew up with (Linger).
During college, LB expanded his musical horizons and gained some stage experience performing with two bands. Naked Ape, the powerful songwriting team of LB Johnson and Joe Marwil, created everything from contemplative folk ballads (Time) to driving rock (Wind from the Woods). Shortly after meeting, Joe introduced LB to lead guitarist Doug Howard, and powerhouse rhythm section, brothers Eric (bass) and Shaun (drums) Davis, who were looking for a singer and an auxiliary percussionist to round out the sound in their heavy funk/rock-a-billy band, Lowbrow Nobility. Together, they rocked the band"s old original standards (Over the Edge, Nanny Song) together with an impressive set of classic rock covers (Immigrant Song, NIB). Despite loyalty to Lowbrow"s old works, new tunes resulted from the union, including music and lyrics written by Doug (Crooked Lady), music and lyrics written by LB (Headhunter), and collaborations of Doug"s music and LB"s lyrics (Garbage, Bacchus).
Though LB took a 3 year hiatus from performing while teaching middle school in Texas, he couldn"t stay away. Now living and working in St. Louis, he has rededicated himself to his craft and to building a following among some of the most skillful and unique artists in the country.