Meet John Marshall
As one of six kids, I started this musical journey when my parents piled us into the station wagon to take us to see “A Hard Days Night” at the drive-in. I was four years old, and remember it still. Mom and dad had a vast record collection, of both rock and country music. Dad was a guitar player and would host his buddies in our kitchen till the wee hours of the morning, drinking and playing honky tonk.
I finally became inspired to play at the age of fifteen, when I saw a friends band playing. Although we were poor, my dad bought me a guitar, and since there was no money for lessons, I bought a beginners book and I was off studying guitar. I found huge inspirations in listening to the guitar solos of Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimmie Page, David Gilmour and Mark Knopfler. I studied guitar more than my school studies. I stopped playing for awhile to raise my family. I continue to study the instrument today, nearly 43 years later. I’ll be a student of the instrument forever. I’m inspired by improvisation. I fear the world in its absence.