Johnson was one of the first guitarists to employ distortion, while playing. Most noticeable on, "How Many More Years," this technique marks his place in history as one of the pioneers of electric guitar.
"I feel if you don’t go out there, if you don’t mingle among the people, how are you going to know what they need to know, and hear what they need to hear? That’s the good part. That’s the best part. Just treat everyone right."
Winning his first W. C. Handy Award (Blues Music Award) in 1981, Magic Slim & The Teardrops won "Best Blues Band of the Year," no fewer than six times, garnering over 40 nominations in the first three decades of the awards' existence.