Apparently, Johnny would get pretty shy about compliments like that, but Travis pressed him on it:
“And John was the kind of person, if you embarrassed him, he’d get real humble on you, you know?
Head down, you know, if there was a rock on the ground, he’d kick it, you know, that kind of thing. And I said, ‘No, JR, I’m serious.'”
And ya might wanna grab a pen and paper for what Johnny tells him, because especially in this day and age of social media, I think the advice can go for just about anybody.
It also explains everything about what made Johnny such an immortal legend with a presence you usually only read about in books:
“When I said that, his eyes came up and met mine, and he said ‘There’s a little thing in our industry that has been forgotten. It’s called mystique.’
He said, ‘Don’t ever wear out your welcome, don’t ever forget where you came from and always be humble, always be kind to people, but always keep a little something back that you don’t show everybody.'”
Amen to that, Johnny. If there’s anyone who would know a thing or two about that, it’s certainly him.
It’s pretty incredible to hear Travis tell the story himself, though, so make sure you check that out here: