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[Interview] J5 speaks to Syracuse.com ahead of his Valentines Day show

From Syracuse.com:

Celebrated guitarist John 5 can pinpoint the moment he knew what he wanted to do with his life.

At age seven, John Lowery watched a young Jimmy Henley play banjo on a family variety show called “Hee Haw.” He knew then he had to learn this instrument. Then the guitar. Then the mandolin.

Once he started, he couldn’t stop. Today, he’s an expert in all three.

“It’s crazy there’s this exact moment when I realized I wanted to play,” said John, 47, in a call to syracuse.com. “It changed my life.”

Read the interview in full here: syracuse.com/entertainment/2018/01/john_5_plans_valentines_day_shredfest

John 5 and The Creatures will be playing at Lost Horizon in Syracuse, NY on Feb 14. Tickets and meet and greet info is here: tourdates.bandsintown.com/event/20670094


John 5 in July’s Guitar Tricks Insider

John 5 Guitar Tricks Insider interview July 2017

John 5 Guitar Tricks Insider interview July 2017

John 5 is featured in the latest (July/August) edition of Guitar Tricks Insider magazine.

In the interview, John 5 talks about his love of Hee Haw, how it influenced him and how it helped him with the love of the Telecaster.

You can read the interview in the magazines’ digital edition right now by going here: http://joom.ag/HmXL/p14


John 5: Wired and Inspired with Premier Guitar

John 5 Premier Guitar

John 5 Premier Guitar

On May 15th John 5 will be the featured cover star of Premier Guitar magazine. Before that he took part in the magazine’s Wired and Inspired feature.

From Premier Guitar:

John 5 uses his solo albums to showcase his mastery of diverse styles, although his standout non-metal style is country. He’s as comfortable fingerpicking, mimicking a banjo, and executing complex chord/melody arrangements as he is doing sliding arpeggios, sweep picking, and 7-finger tapping. That versatility has served him well. In addition to metal, his curriculum vitae includes recordings and tours with such diverse artists as k.d. lang, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rod Stewart, and Meat Loaf.

We spoke with John 5 about his roots, practice techniques, learning disparate styles of music, using less distortion to get heavier tones, and how he created some of the crazier sounds on Season of the Witch. As you’ll see reading this interview, John 5’s excitement is contagious. He’s an amazing guitarist, but an even more inspiring person.”

Read the feature in full here: premierguitar.com/articles/25587-john-5-wired-inspired
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Photo by Stephanie Cabral


[Interview] John 5 talks to the Huffington Post: “I appreciate and love music so much. This album is really who I am”.

One of the last dates on the Season of the Witch tour saw John 5 returning to his home state of Michigan. Ahead of that show he had a chat with the Huffington Post.

As much as his collaborations have varied, his own solo material runs the gamut even more displaying influences of everything from heavy metal and hard rock all the way to country and bluegrass.

Recently, John 5 released his solo project Season of the Witch, an album he rolled out in an interesting fashion by releasing music videos first before any of the actual music. I got to chat with John 5 recently about growing up in Michigan, why he took that route releasing his music, and the differences in making his own music compared writing for others.”

To read the interview in full, please go here: huffingtonpost.com/entry/famed-guitarist-john-5-talks-of-times-growing-up-in_us


John 5; “inspiration is one of the most important things you can have…it will change someone’s life forever”

John 5 Rob Fenn

The brand new and very first Greatest Hits album from John 5, will come out digitally on Oct 31.  You will be able to purchase a physical copy from the store in November complete with a DVD of one of the John 5 and The Creatures shows from earlier this year.

The Creatures will be back on the road with special guest Doyle in November.

In the meantime, read this great interview with John 5 from AXS.com in which John talks about his influences, the importance of influences in music, how he approaches song-writing and much more.

Read the interview in full: axs.com/john-5-talks-inspiration-and-greatest-hits


A career spanning interview with J5 from Screamer Magazine

John 5 Rob Fenn

John 5 Rob Fenn

This is one of those interviews worth taking the time over. Before he sets out on two tours – one with The Creatures and the other with Rob Zombie; John 5 chatted to Screamer Magazine about EVERYTHING.

In this truly career spanning interview, John 5 talks about growing up, the Manson years, his early days in LA, his influences, family, Zombie and his solo career.

Enjoy! screamermagazine.com/interviews/the-mastermind-of-john-5/


[Watch] FRET12 conducts a special ‘artist connect’ interview with John 5

John 5 Fret12

John 5 Fret12

Check out this interview from Fret12 with John 5 as he discusses his career to date, how he got started, his big break and more.

To watch the interview in full, and find out how to connect with more John 5 photos and videos, click >>>  (more…)


John 5: ‘The meaning of life is to do what you love and be happy’

John 5 is out on tour right now with Rob Zombie on the Twins of Evil tour.  The show is currently half way through the USA leg and will go to Europe in late November.  In the meantime, the Examiner chatted to John 5 on the phone during some down time about the music that influenced him, the work he does and working on an acoustic album with Dave Lee Roth.

Read an excerpt here but to see the full interview go to examiner.com/article/john-5-the-meaning-of-life

John 5: “The meaning of life is to do what you love and be happy” by Alison Richter

John 5 is late. Not tardy, late. Really late — as in 40 minutes late — but when he finally calls, he’s genuinely apologetic about the delay. Interviews, a television taping, a meet-and-greet — it’s been one of those days. Backstage in a very noisy arena, he’s moments away from soundcheck and the clock is ticking. So we begin.

We all ask you the same questions, over and over. How do you keep interviews from becoming the department of redundancy department, certainly for yourself?

I think that not everybody reads the same interviews, so people want to know certain questions. That’s why they’re asked over and over, because people want to know these things and not all the same people are going to read it, so I think it’s fair that if somebody says, “Where did you first learn to play guitar,” not everybody knows that who is reading the interview.

To see the full interview go to examiner.com/article/john-5-the-meaning-of-life