Ken Johnson worked as a professional songwriter in Nashville for 15 years before moving to the beach.
In addition to singing and writing songs, Johnson is also known in certain circles for his love of cooking.
"Several years ago, a group of us started a little supper club and everyone would chip in a little and I would go buy the groceries and cook," Johnson said.
After he and his wife signed on as regulars on the realty show "I Love Kellie Pickler," Johnson's cooking was incorporated into the show, which is now known by the Hillbilly Supper Club.
Johnson laughs as he recounts how the supper club got its name.
"I was on an airplane flying across the country and I connected flights," he said. "At the connection I was seated next to a woman from Connecticut. As we talked I told her about my supper club that I did with friends. She thought it was funny that I referred to them as sit-down suppers and asked me, 'What could hillbillies possibly eat? You eat the same thing every day, don't you?'"
Although he was a bit offended by the comment, the supper club then became the Hillbilly Supper Club.
Johnson started a blog featuring his recipes of the dishes he would prepare that week on the show and the CMT network puts it out every Monday.
"Then, I get all these emails saying my recipes are too fancy," he said with a laugh. "I'm not a chef, but I'm a pretty good cook. I have tried to expand some horizons."
Johnson inherited his love of cooking from his parents.
He has explored connecting with farmers and went to Tuscany and learned from the Tuscan Mamas.
"I'm interested in all kinds of food and the blog and Hillbilly Supper Club is a fun platform," he said.
While he doesn't have a business as such, Johnson said that people do hire him.
"Typically I just cook for friends and fellow songwriters," he said.
But he does join the Hit Songwriter House concerts to provide a meal and music at people's homes on occasion.
Johnson brings down hit songwriters and books songwriters into people's homes for those who want private parties or intimate events. Johnson sometimes joins them and cooks for those events for a house concert and supper, a meal and music. These average $2,000 to $3,000 for the evening and parties without the meal average $1,000 to $1,500.
"And we get some of the biggest hit songwriters," said Johnson. "One guy has had 12 No. 1 songs."
Johnson has joined with his friend, local songwriter Tim Jackson, to write songs for Jackson's albums.
Visit hitsongwriterhouseconcerts.com for information on how to bring Nashville to your next party, and hillbillysupperclub.com to keep up with the Hillbilly Supper Club.