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J5 talks to Guitar & Bass: “I try to play a lot of different styles and have a unique approach to the guitar”

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Check out this career encompassing interview with John 5 by our friends at Guitar and Bass.  John chats about working with Dave Lee Roth, Manson, and Zombie, as well as what drives him to create solo albums and more about his pay per view streaming show “John 5 and The Creatures“.

Tickets are still available for the pay per view, here: http://bit.ly/J5WBPG

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John 5 Interview – Careful With That Axe!

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The former Marilyn Manson guitar-player-in-chief is now a successful solo artist, as well as the lead guitarist with Rob Zombie for nearly a decade. His intense, intricate fretwork has won him legions of fans, and he ain’t stoppin’ yet. Andy Price talks Teles with a true innovator…

There was a variety show I used to love on TV back when I was a kid called Hee-Haw and everyone on that show played Teles!’ John 5 recalls with smile. ‘Whenever I’d think about electric guitars as a kid I’d be thinking about the Tele shape without really realising it. But what great taste!’

John 5 is a Tele-maniac; that much is obvious from just a fleeting mention of the instrument. His impressive gold Fender signature model is perhaps one of the most gorgeous guitars this correspondent has laid his eyes on, and in the hands of the man himself it sounds phenomenal.

‘It was the first solidbody guitar. I know for some people it’s quite a difficult guitar to play compared to others but I love it so much. It just feels like it’s a part of me now.’

Born John William Lowery in Michigan, 1971, the boy who would become John 5 took an early interest in all things guitar. ‘I think I had many epiphanies growing up. TV was one of my major outlets when I was young. TV shows would showcase country guys like Roy Clark, Jerry Reed and Don Rich, and then as I got older I got into more rocky stuff like Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen. I was searching for inspiration there was so much to be found in the era which I was growing up in.’

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John 5’s latest album Careful with that Axe is a collection of songs that link closely to his early years as a guitar player. ‘The reason I called it Careful with that Axe was because I first got a guitar for Christmas when I was seven, and after opening it my dad said, “Be careful with that axe; it could bring you riches and happiness or it could bring you sadness or poverty. Whatever this guitar may bring you just be careful with it!” That has stayed with me throughout my life’
‘Actually the album kind of has a double-meaning,’ John 5 reveals. ‘A lot of the tracks also revolve around axe-murderers from American history, like the track Villisca. Villisca is a place in Iowa where in 1912 a family got brutally murdered by an axe murderer who was never caught. Another track on the album The Dream Slayer refers to a guy who sleepwalked and killed his family with an axe while doing that. Flight of the Vulcan Kelly references the “Vulcan Kelly” axe brand. I find all that stuff fascinating. So Careful With That Axe is a deliberate double-meaning title.’

The album might be an eclectic mix of genres yet all the tracks have an identifiable John 5 stamp, whether it’s the covers of country legend Jerry’s tunes Jerry’s Breakdown and Jiffy Jam, the rockin’ lead single This is My Rifle, complete with instantly memorable, machine-gun riffage, as well as to the flamenco-inspired El Cucuy. 

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One Response

  1. I am a music producer in Austin and have been a Telecaster fan since I was 12 years old. While I love the instrument, I find I’m more fascinated with the people who play them because of the connection they make. Will Ray, my friend Redd Volkaert, John Jorgenson to name a few. I score horror films and I often use some of our great guitarists here in Austin and I have reached out to John as I would love to work with him on a film. I’m absolutely fascinated by his persona and genuinely happy for his success because I think he wears it well and the costuming and make up is excellent too. I also find that some of the best artists are also some of the best people when they reach the consciousness of being a humble servant of the music and a good student. I’m appalled by negative comments in forums I seen lashed upon the backs of some of my favorite artists as if they are negligent in some way at how they deliver their work. It’s art! I’ve yet to see John live. I hope to but in the meantime am certainly enjoying his sound and am a fan and will be watching.

    September 24, 2014 at 7:53 pm


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