Johnny Sandlin found fame on the hard edge of Southern Rock as one of the men most responsible for the sound that came out of Macon, GA in the ‘70s. His music career began in the early sixties playing with other musicians who went on to leave their mark in music history including; Dan Penn, David Briggs, Norbert Putnam, Jerry Carrigan, Roger Hawkins, David Hood, Eddie Hinton, and fellow “Hour Glass’’ band members, Paul Hornsby, Pete Carr and Gregg and Duane Allman.
When “Hour Glass” broke up, Sandlin became staff drummer for Tone Studios in Miami but soon moved to Macon where he again joined the Allmans, first as the drummer in the Capricorn rhythm section and then as recording engineer, producer and Vice-President of Capricorn and head of A&R. As part of the powder keg of talent that blasted Capricorn Records to stardom, Sandlin produced, mixed and mastered albums for the “Allman Brother’s Band”, Gregg Allman, Gregg and Cher, Richard Betts, Elvin Bishop, “Wet Willie”, Bonnie Bramlett, Alex Taylor, “Cowboy”, Delbert McClinton, Widespread Panic and many others. He has five platinum albums and ten gold albums to his credit.
Since leaving Capricorn, Sandlin works as an independent engineer and producer and stays busy recording in his own studio, Duck Tape Music, in Decatur, AL
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