Biography 2018


Austin’s newest rising star, Johnny McGowan is blazing a trail across the Hill Country faster than a prairie fire.

Hailing from the Smoky Mountain of Knoxville Tn, Johnny was reared on moonshine, honky-tonks and classic country music. “Mom told me when Dad took his teeth out at Lightnin’s Tavern, brother you’d better back the heck up!” 

Although his natural father skedaddled early on, Johnny’s truck driving step-father took up the wheel, showing him how to pick guitar on his 1962 Gibson J45. “I would ask Robert (step-father) to let me play guitar a few minutes longer,” he recalls, “so that way, I’d get out of mowing grass. Ha!” 

His group, Johnny McGowan’s Rugged Gents, have all the authenticity you’d expect from a twenty seven year music veteran. With his honest vocal delivery and haunting guitar work, Johnny brings songs of love, good times, heartbreak and loss to life, with his truck driving, hillbilly roots shining through. 

Wielding his beloved vintage Silverstone archtop guitar named “Betsy”, expect face-melting, two-stepping county honky-tonk from Johnny McGowan’s Rugged Gents that will knock your hat in the creek.


Comal Country Showcase Nov 2018

Country Night Celebrates 20th Anniversary

“The house band performs alongside Johnny McGowan during the Comal Country Show at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 20 2018. 
The show celebrated it’s 20th anniversary. All proceeds from the show are donated to the local Meals-On-Wheels program. “ Mikala Compton - Herald Zeitung New Braunfels