Video: Hometown Sound Episode 7 with Zachary Scot Johnson

Zachary Scot Johnson enjoys playing music so much that he makes sure there is proof of it literally every single day. He started “the song a day project” over 1,090 days ago, for which he plays either an original or a cover song and posts it to YouTube each day. He’s had guests, including Jeff Daniels from “Dumb and Dumber” and Creed Bratton from “The Office.” He doesn’t feel like the project will be coming to an end anytime soon.

“I honestly think it could go on for a really long time, I mean, kind of crazy. People think I’m nuts when I say 10 years, but I think 10 years is totally doable,” Johnson said. 

Johnson plays a variety of music, whether it’s performing on the electric guitars, dobro, banjo, violin, viola, drums, ukulele or several other instruments. Being a musician isn’t his only talent, as he founded and ran an improv comedy group at Lawrence University for four years. His music has brought him to NBC, Fox, CBS, and ABC morning shows and radio shows around the United States. He has performed with artists including Shawn Colvin, Marc Cohn and Keb’ Mo’. 

The Racine, Wisconsin, native now lives in St. Paul and has released three CDs. He is looking forward to releasing a six-disc, 125-song tribute to Tom Waits’ music soon. 

“I feel so lucky to be able to do what I do, and I just feel so good that this is my job,” Johnson said.

To hear more of his music and get more information, visit