Encore The Moment - Episode 8 - Special Guest Doobie Bros. Tom Johnston
January 13, 2021
Hosted by Chris Epting
Tom Johnston was born August 15, 1948, in Visalia, CA. Johnston fell in love with R&B music at a young age and learned to play the songs of Little Richard, Bo Diddley, and James Brown when he received his first guitar at the age of 12. He played in soul, blues, and even a Mexican wedding band in his teens and continued playing in a blues group while attending college in San Jose. It was there he met the legendary lead singer of Moby Grape, Skip Spence, who was drumming for the Jefferson Airplane at the time. Spence introduced Johnston to John Hartman and the two would play together in numerous bands, finally finding success when they formed the Doobie Brothers. Johnston wrote/sang lead vocals "Listen to the Music" "Rockin' Down the Highway" and "China Grove" among other hits for the band.
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The Moment features host, best-selling author and TV host Chris Epting, in conversation with some of the world’s most interesting artists, athletes and public figures, zeroing in on “the moments” where their lives took a dramatic turn. Exploring both the highs and lows, The Moment reveals those life-changing episodes in vivid, expansive ways that they have not been discussed before.
Chris Epting is an award-winning travel and music journalist and the author of over 30 books on history and popular culture. Some of his best-selling titles include “Roadside Baseball,” “James Dean Died Here,” and “Change of Seasons,” musician John Oates’ memoir which Chris co-wrote. His passion for storytelling has made him a sought-after speaker all around the country and on many TV and radio shows, whether he’s sharing little-known, hidden history about Americana, music, baseball, landmarks and more. He’s written for the Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Travel and Leisure and many other outlets. In March 2017, “It Happened Here,” a TV show based on his travel books, began airing on the Reelz Network. Chris serves as executive producer and appears in each episode as a host.