Johnny U & Karla - Shoshone, Idaho
Just a couple years into their lifetime of wedded bliss, Johnny and Karla have been playing together for about 3 years. Between the two of them, they’ve been playing more like 50 years, but much of that comes from Johnny, in all fairness. In previous incarnations, Johnny was a high school math teacher, then a professional rodeo cowboy, and finally a Nashville singer/songwriter who traveled the country and world playing his own hits like, “Everybody Wants to be a Cowboy” and “Last of a Dying Breed.” He was on the road for the better part of two decades before Idaho called him home. Karla’s story is similar only in that she, too, had other incarnations across the country—going to college in North Carolina—before the sage and big sky called her back to her native Idaho. Today, the two spend most of their time running a non-profit organization called Idaho Horse Therapy, Inc., which serves populations ranging from Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, to troubled youth and their parents. They still find time to dust off their strings and chase each other around a few of their favorite tunes. Their musical tastes range from Patsy Cline and Marty Robbins to George Strait and the Beatles and their main goal in performing is always fun.