When John Armstrong was 10 years old and growing up in Nashville, his father tried to create a new sales territory three hours away in Knoxville. Every Friday evening, John and his parents would pile into the family car and hit the road. Saturday nights would find the family driving back home to make it to church on Sunday.
These were the days of AM radio which meant that every Friday and Saturday night was a three hour session with The Grand Ole Opry. Sunday mornings, his Dad was the first one ready so he would sit on the couch playing and singing “Unclouded Day,” “Wreck of the Old 97,” and “Gone Home.”
During John’s teenage years his parents prayed because they felt that he spent too much time in his room playing the guitar, growing his hair, and listening to Poco, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and James Taylor. Inspired by the melodies and feelings of the music he grew up with, John began to write his own music. This led to signing a contract to publish his first song at age 17.
Since then John has spent his time playing in churches, prisons, jails and the writers clubs in Nashville. One of his projects, “Baby Brother Jesus,” has been performed worldwide to enthusiastic response. His original Easter musical, entitled “I Know What Love is Now”, has been performed for over 15 years in Mount Juliet, TN, most recently during Easter 2013.
John has released two solo CD projects of original material with Two Fish Records: “Stone” in 1998 and “Concrete and Steel” in 2010. That same year, John hit the stage with the John Armstrong Band. Composed of seasoned Nashville players and singers, they have been performing their original brand of country and classic rock at local venues such as Douglas Corner and the Listening Room. In 2013, the band released its debut album "Not Home Yet" available on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and other digital outlets.