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Cowboy Johnson to perform May 31 in the Listening Room

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  • Louis "Cowboy" Johnson will be playing in the Listening Room at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31.

    Louis "Cowboy" Johnson will be playing in the Listening Room at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31.
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Submitted by Cori Cooper

On Saturday, May 31, country artist Cowboy Johnson will perform at 7 p.m. in the Listening Room at the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park in Crystal Lake.

With many years of experience, Cowboy tells stories of his life through his music.

"We are excited to bring country music to the Listening Room. We offer diverse programming and having Cowboy perform adds a new, exciting genre to our repertoire," stated House Manager Roger Repeurt. "The Listening Room is the perfect space to experience this type of music. Do not miss this rare concert of a rugged, authentic American country singer."

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. To reserve your tickets today, visit or call (815) 455-8000.

Louis "Cowboy" Johnson shares in his lyrics that he "grew up fast, and hard, and somewhat bitter". From hitch hiking as barely a teen, Cowboy was constantly on the run to rebel from his strict Baptist upbringing. Both as passenger and driver, hitch hiking led him down roads less traveled. He learned to ride bulls, was a miner for a gold mine, and got the nickname "Cowboy" for shooting up mailboxes one drunken afternoon after being left on the side of the road. Cowboy fell deeper in with trouble and ever deeper into blind addictions during this point of his life and, after enough scars, eventually traded routes to find the road of recovery, seeking instead a clean and sober approach to dealing with his demons.

Cowboy's bluesy Americana music is served up by way of his hard life led experiences balanced by the rich, soulful quality of his voice; his voice is commanding and strong without resorting to theatrics. Staying true to his approach to life, Johnson's honey tobacco, smooth vocals are accompanied only by his guitar and a straight forward, true grit delivery.

Come to the Listening Room on May 31 at 7:30 p.m. to hear the music of Cowboy Johnson. Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased at or by contacting the box office and asking for Cori or Roger (815) 455-8000. If online sales have not sold out, tickets can also be purchased at the door for $20. Lakeside encourages people to purchase tickets in advance. If you purchase tickets at the door on May 31, however, please arrive by 7 p.m. A cash bar is also available during the concert. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

The Listening Room is located within Lakeside Legacy Arts Park at 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake. Lakeside Legacy is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and is also home to the Historic Dole Mansion.

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