Ray Johnston Band Aiming for 'No Bad Days' With New Album

Defying the odds -- that's what the story of the Ray Johnston Band has long been about.

The namesake of the Texas-based band has enjoyed a multi-faceted career so far -- playing some of the more prestigious stages in the Lone Star State as well as donning a basketball jersey for the Dallas Mavericks. Making the team as the result of a free-agent workout, Johnston didn't get to enjoy being on the team for long. Just three months into his time as a Maverick, he was diagnosed with leukemia.

"It was over so much of my body that they had to induce me into a coma that lasted two and a half months," Johnston recalled to Billboard. "It was crushing. I woke up and had lost 75 pounds, had seven toes amputated, and I saw the challenge that was going to be ahead of me."

Read the entire article on Billboard at http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-615/6297033/ray-johnston-band-no-bad-days-interview