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Johnny Lowebow

Johnny Lowebow (USA)

John Lowe puutus esimest korda kitarriga kokku pärast põgusat tutvumist klaverimängu ja trompetiga. Sõpradega jämmimine ja mitmetesse koosseisudesse kuulumine on tema muusikuks kujunemisel olulist rolli mänginud. Noore muusikuna sulandus John kiiresti kohalikku Fayetteville’i muusikaellu. Aastad hiljem avas ta oma naisega ühe muusikapoe teise järel. Ühel päeval tuli tema juurde üks inspireeriv klient. Pärast seda külastust hakkas John kitarri helipeasid ise kerima ja puidust kaelaga pulk-kitarre ehitama.

Tõuke pilliloomega tegelemiseks andis Johnile kohalik bluusimees, mille tulemusena arenes tema pulk-kitarr Lowebow-nimeliseks instrumendiks. Sellest on kujunenud ikooniline pill käsitsi valmistatud muusikainstrumentide maailmas. Neid topeltkaelaga cigar box kitarre on mänginud muusikud nagu Ben Prestage, Lyle Lovett ja The North Mississippi Allstars. Richard Johnston on mees, kes suunas Johni loomingu juurde ning võitis 17-nda iga-aastase Memphises toimuva International Blues Challenge’i just Lowebow kitarriga.

John’i muusika on unikaalne kombinatsioon käte ja jalgade perkussioonist ning käsitsi valmistatud pillide mängust. Memphises asuv tänav nimega Beale Street on olnud koduks mitmetele John’i tänavakontsertidele. Ta on köitnud paljude möödakäijate tähelepanu oma ühe mehe bändi stiliseeringutega kantrist punkmuusikani. John on oma Lowebow kitarriga regulaarne esineja ka parimatel süvabluusi ja cigar box kitarri festivalidel nagu Huntsville ja Chicago CBG.

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Years after a short stint with a trumpet and a brief introduction to boogie-woogie piano, John Lowe was introduced to the world of guitar playing. He developed the most as a musician while jamming with friends and playing in several bands in various clubs. He immersed himself into the Fayetteville, AR punk scene, ultimately opening music stores one after another. One day an inspiring customer came to his shop. After that visit, John learned to wind his own magnetic pickups and to build a stick guitar with a wood dowel.

With creative input from a local bluesman John’s stick guitar evolved into the Lowebow which has become an iconic instrument in the handmade musical instrument movement. These double dowel-necked cigar box guitars have been played by touring musicians like Ben Prestage, Lyle Lovett, and The North Mississippi Allstars. Richard Johnston, who helped to steer John towards this creation, won the 17th Annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis with a Lowebow in his hands.

With his unique use of hand and foot percussion blended with his playing on handmade stringed instruments, Beale Street in Memphis has been home to many of John’s busking sessions. He has entertained passersby with his one-man-band musical stylings that range from rough and tumble country to blues, rock, and punk. John is also regularly part of the lineup at some of the best Deep Blues and Cigar Box Guitar festivals, including the Huntsville and Chicago CBG fests.