Red Johnson and Friends play to a sold-out crowd in Coon Rapids

With laughter, love songs and soulful country tunes, Red Johnson and Friends performed for a sold-out crowd at the Coon Rapids Senior Center for a dinner show June 4.

Red Johnson and Friends performed songs from many of Johnson’s albums, including many love songs Johnson had written. “If you’re not in love you should be, somehow,” he said. They also performed “There’s a Grand Ole Opry Show Playing Somewhere,” a song Johnson wrote with country composer Bud Auge and other songwriters after Patsy Cline died. The song grew in popularity and Capital Records picked it up. Pictured are Chuck Peterson (left) and Red Johnson. Photo by Bethany Kemming

Red Johnson and Friends performed songs from many of Johnson’s albums, including many love songs Johnson had written. “If you’re not in love you should be, somehow,” he said. They also performed “There’s a Grand Ole Opry Show Playing Somewhere,” a song Johnson wrote with country composer Bud Auge and other songwriters after Patsy Cline died. The song grew in popularity and Capital Records picked it up. Pictured are Chuck Peterson (left) and Red Johnson. Photo by Bethany Kemming

One of Johnson’s friends, Rich Bellert, opened the show as the official “Cowboy Poet.” The crowd was soon laughing with Bellert’s reading of poems like “Susie Lee Done Fell in Love,” and “Buying a Bra” by Bill Hirschi.

Johnson started the show off by singing and playing guitar for “You Are My Sunshine,” with the crowd singing along.

Johnson’s friends joining him on stage included Chuck Peterson on bass guitar, Fred Seldon on bass guitar and Don Grubb on harmonica.

Red Johnson and Friends performed songs from Johnson’s recorded albums, and Johnson finished many songs by thanking the crowd “for making that song the way it was.”

They performed “There’s a Grand Ole Opry Show Playing Somewhere,” a song that Johnson, country composer Bud Auge and others wrote together after the death of Patsy Cline in 1963. The song became so popular that Capital Records picked it up.

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