Illustration by Ed Sherman

Illustration by Ed Sherman

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Daniel Johnston is a critically acclaimed singer songwriter and visual artist.  With over 20 albums to his name, his songs have been performed by Tom Waits, Wilco, The Flaming Lips, Beck, Yo La Tengo, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Dead Milkmen, Death Cab For Cutie, Sparklehorse, TV on The Radio, Bright Eyes and countless others.  Daniel is the subject of the 2005 Sundance Film Festival award winning documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston. The Miami Herald called the film "a heartbreaking, yet strangely uplifting and inspirational exploration of the fine line between genius and madness, and how sometimes, one becomes impossible to discern from the other."  In addition to his music career, he is also an acclaimed visual artist whose drawings were featured in the prestigious Whitney Biennial, appeared in galleries across the globe, and have also been celebrated with an art book published by Rizzoli.  Among his many influential fans was Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain who listed Daniel’s 1983 recording Yip/Jump Music in his personal journal as one his 50 favorite albums. Cobain was also photographed multiple times wearing a Daniel Johnston Hi, How Are You? T-Shirt, including his appearance at the 1992 MTV Music Awards. In 1993, Daniel painted his Hi, How Are You? mural featuring his "Jeremiah The Innocent" character on the side of the Austin, TX record store Sound Exchange. While the store closed in 2003, the mural on the building remains to this day with the support of the neighborhood.   In 2012 Daniel’s first comic book "Space Ducks - An Infinite Comic Book of Musical Greatness" was published. Last year, Daniel concluded what was billed as his final live tour. The performances featured members of Wilco, Fugazi, Built To Spill. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Mike Watt, Ben Lee, and others as members of his backing band in each city. Daniel’s struggles with mental health issues have been well documented throughout his career. This year, the city of Austin, TX honored Daniel on his birthday by making January 22nd Hi, How Are You? Day. It was a day to support those battling mental health issues and to also celebrate the launch of the Hi, How Are You? Foundation.  The non profit organization’s website describes the foundation, created with the support of the Johnston family, as one that provides a platform for the exchange of ideas and education on mental well-being.

 

www.hihowareyou.com

www.hihowareyou.org

 

Originally aired during Fidelity High Radio on WXNA 101.5 FM Nashville - Monday, June 4th, 2018

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