|Badder than Beefheart.|
|Meaner than Muddy.|
|Louder than God.|
|it's . . . johnny lowebow|
|Finally a FREAKIN' UPDATE!!! JOHNNY NOW HAS HIS OWN YOUTUBE PAGE!!! Can I get a "hell yeah!?!" HERE'S THE EXTERNAL LINK
HE'S ALSO BROADCAST ON "THE GOAT RADIO," the internet's ALL-CIGAR BOX GUITAR radio station. It's free to listen. HERE'S THE LINK
Dec 2007: Johnny Lowebow story on the AP Newswire (link)
|Holy hell...Johnny's got a Myspace page!!! Click here!|
|click on a Lowebow for all the low-down|
|JOHNNY'S GIGS ARE POSTED ON YOUTUBE GO HERE|
|He's got the goat in him!
Welcome to the unauthorized fan website. This site is dedicated to the world's greatest outsider bluesman, Johnny "Lowebow" Lowe. This site is run by me, Shane Speal. I'm the frontman for the band Jug Fusion, the curator of the National Cigar Box Guitar Museum and I play one of Johnny's LOWEBOWS. I'm also Johnny's biggest fan. Not only does he make incredible electric cigar box guitars, he's also the total embodiment of all that is great in rock, punk and blues.
Known for his wild, double-necked cigar box guitars, a full drumset at his feet and the most brutal blues music on the planet, Johnny is gaining followers everywhere. He's opened up for Iggy Pop. He was a headliner at the first Cigar Box Guitar Festival in Kentucky. What's next? Who knows.
Many people will associate Johnny with another contemporary bluesman, Richard Johnston. Johnston has made a name for himself by winning a major blues competition while playing a Lowebow. This site really ain't about Richard. It really ain't even about the Lowebow cigar box guitar. It's about the Memphis Madman... the One Man Wonder and his live performances.
Johnny is a legend. I really believe it.
With Johnny, you either love him or hate him. There is no inbetween. Either you get it or you don't. Unless you've been prepped ahead of time, you won't know what to make of a Johnny Lowebow concert. He plays punk, rock and country on his Lowebow cigar box guitar and massive foot drum system. He's been known to sing the Batman theme song in strange African Tuvanese chants. I've been told that he'll even pull a lagerphone out and practice Native American divination in his shows. For those initiated in the world of outsider music, Johnny could best be described as Hasil Adkins having a gang-bang with the Shaggs on Hound Dog Taylor's back porch. Johnny's evil. He's wicked. He's also the best thing to happen to Memphis since Howlin' Wolf walked into Sun.
I was there for Johnny's gig at the Cigar Box Guitar Festival in Carrolton Ky on May 15, 2004. I saw it all. I watched as the crowd stood there with their jaws on the floor and their ears bleeding. I was there to party with Johnny after the show. There is nobody like him. He is an astral plane all his own.
Either you get it or you don't. I get it...and I'm his biggest fan.
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|"...they danced down the street like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I've been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the centerlight pop and everybody goes, "Awww!"
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