About John Howardson – Musician Days
This picture is of John Howardson and friends from his Musician days performing at a Rock Concert on Citadel Hill, Halifax, Nova Scotia. It was an outdoor concert for about 40,000 people in celebration of Halifax’s birthday, Natal Day.
This picture is John Howardson playing his Gibson Les Paul guitar. The background lights were bright and hot. Take note of the long hair in those days. ‘It used to be longer!’ Yikes! This picture was taken at a local venue in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia then called ‘The Palace’. The Palace hosted only the top bands in the area. At times, John Howardson and bandmates were the opening act for famous international recording artists.
This picture is a close up photo shot of John Howardson and friends performing live in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Citadel Hill, on Natal Day before an audience of about 40,000 people. John performed at hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of live performances in those days. The East Coast of Canada, being a very musical place, supported musicians like John and friends, and was the birth place of some very creative and accomplished artists. Outdoor concerts like this one were put on by the city and held every year to celebrate Halifax natal day and show off the top local bands and other great talent in the Maritime Provinces.
This picture is of John Howardson years later in Vancouver, British Columbia. ‘Looks like his hair is shorter in this one. At this time, John played a very hot Ibanez lead electric guitar, most of the time. Cool design eh?
Over the years, John has played Gibson, Fender, and Ibanez lead electric guitars in his live performances. He also plays acoustic, nylon string, and 12 string guitars, as well as a number of other stringed instruments including mandolin, banjo, and bass. John is also a high tenor vocalist.
The various amplifiers John has used over his professional years has included Marshall, Ampeg, Orange, Peavey, Vox, and a Fender Twin Reverb.
John’s main musical styles have included Rock, Country, Jazz Fusion, and American Blues. John has also been influenced by a variety of other secondary musical genres including traditional Jazz, Classical, Latin, Folk, Bluegrass, and Dixieland.
Some of John’s favorite famous guitarists are Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Ritchie Blackmore, Carlos Santana, Eddie Van Halen, Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Roy Nichols, Don Rich, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, John McLaughlin, Al DiMeola, B.B. King, Django Reinhardt, Les Paul, Lenny Breau, and Andres Segovia.
Some of John’s favorite famous keyboardists are Jan Hammer, Jon Lord, Oscar Peterson, and Chic Corea.
Some of John’s favorite famous vocalists are Whitney Houston, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Edgar Winter, Glenn Hughes, Ian Gillan, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, George Jones, and Terry Hatty.
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