John Lowe, inventor of the Lowe Bow stick guitar
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Richard Johnston shocked the blues world last saturday night, by winning The International Blues Talent Competion. It was the first win for the Local Beale St. Blues Society, the first time anyone has won the First place and the Albert King Award, the Double crown so to speak, and the first time anyone has won who played a "Diddly Bow " cigar box Instument; "The Lowe Bow".
John: How did you get involved with the blues?
John:What got you started playing hill country Blues?
Richard: My first show in the states was with Mose Vinson and Junior
Kimbrough. Junior no-showed. I was curious about him so Bill Ellis and
I went to Chulahouma to see his place and meet him properly. He was
not there that night but the band played "All Night Long"
and it stuck with me. Later that year, Mark Simpson gave me a full collection
of Junior's music and a compilation of all the hill-county players,
as well. Within a week of that, Mark and I went back to Junior's to
see if Kinney Kimbrough aka Malone and Garry Burnside would like to
start a band with us. Immediately, I was thrown into the middle of the
whole North-Ms scene playing in Junior's chair. It was overwhelming.
I was performing this music as I was learning..
John: How has the Lowebow changed your playing style?
Richard: It has forced me to really use my ears. It's like playing
a trombone, I would think.
John: Many people thought "Jesus On The Mainline" was the
best song in your peformance at the the Blues Challenge. How did this
song come to you?
Richard: A friend in Como named Sherman Cooper (hey Sherman!) gave
me a tape with that song, it was the most incredible performance of
the song that I have ever heard. We still don't know the man's name.
Many of the songs I play have come from such tapes that friends have
turned me onto.
John: Was" Shelby Co. Courthouse Blues"based on your experience?
Richard: Yeah, it happened just like that. It only took 18 hours in
there to cement 201 Poplar in my mind, forever.
John: What are your plans for the future?
Richard: Now, I get to work. I want to work until I'm dead.
John: Hopefully that will be many years from now and we can keep on
enjoying your soulfull Music.
Copyrite 2001 John M. Lowe