Rocky comes from rough circumstances, but overcomes it all to be the champ. With the help of an unlikely little Hobbit, the ring makes it back into Mordor. Even Lassie eventually finds her way home. So as guitar players, we would love a movie that maybe went something like this… A boy is born in a small town, and he is legally blind from birth with an eye disease called nystagmus. But he gets his first guitar at age 2, and by age 4 he is playing gigs and getting paid! Oh yeah, and he meets and marries the girl of his dreams as well.
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Rocky comes from rough circumstances, but overcomes it all to be the champ. With the help of an unlikely little Hobbit, the ring makes it back into Mordor. Even Lassie eventually finds her way home. So as guitar players, we would love a movie that maybe went something like this… A boy is born in a small town, and he is legally blind from birth with an eye disease called nystagmus. But he gets his first guitar at age 2, and by age 4 he is playing gigs and getting paid!
Oh yeah, and he meets and marries the girl of his dreams as well. That would be an awesome story! But who would believe all of that? Johnny Hiland would.
Not a script written for the big screen, but a life lived to the full in spite of having to start with a handicap. I received my first guitar at age 2. I dragged that poor old guitar everywhere. I still have that old guitar and there would never be enough money in the world to take her from me. Up until then, he had been playing shows with his brother Jerry and sister Jodi. So they started singing harmonies with me and clogging. Not by a long shot. Wait a minute.
That sounds even crazy for our Hollywood movie! But Johnny plays them all. You know, baritone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, saxophone, and so on. Currently, I have my own studio in Nashville, where I sometimes get to play some of these other instruments along with guitar. Music is a true blessing! He can go from soulful blues to mean Van Halen-esque licks and of course completely leave you slack-jawed with his country chops. Besides playing, Johnny also really enjoys teaching.
However, as I established myself in the industry, I found that I really loved showing people how to play in the style of chicken pickin. I have never held anything back from anybody. As I learned something new, I was never afraid to turn right around and show it to someone else. TrueFire has really been a blessing to me, and I love everybody there as family. He can go on for days talking about pedals and amps and getting great tone. He really has a knack for getting the right sound for the situation.
For the full list, you can check out his gear list on his website. There you can also check his touring schedule, which is something he is really excited about.
New management, new record, and I will definitely be on a bus, with my band, and we will be performing in a town near you real soon! This business is not easy, especially today. It seems as though our music is being pirated on the Internet more and more. Artists have to be on the road in order to show any true record sales these days.
But, my advice would also be that they find proper representation and management to help build their career. Always stay true to yourself, and your music, and never stop having fun. Even when things get tough in our industry, we always have to remember that music is a gift.
It is possible to overcome obstacles, live the dream and enjoy the ride along the way! Fade to black, roll credits. Go Johnny go. From the Vault.
Interview: Johnny Hiland - Chicken Pickin’s Champion
So before we go any further, I want you to send some all kinds of love to the sweetest Motif girl in the entire world who we love of my life. Much and I want you to send out a bunch of love to miss Kimmy. Thanks for the hearts. Hello We are beautiful. Chatham Virginia. Yes, we are sunny little breezy outside chilly not too bad, though not bad and actually guys the very first ring, which was Friday this whole boys fish down on Angela Pond and it felt good to have some fish on the end of that.
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Peabody Conservatory trained guitarist Steven Herron is available to answer questions and make recommendations that will help you become a better guitarist! Just call Toll-Free now!! Johnny is currently completing his first solo album clearly identifying him as a major force in style and innovation. Much to his credit, within his first few years in Nashville Hiland has performed as a solo artist twice on the famed Grand Ole Opry and twice as a solo artist at the Ryman Auditorium. Each time Johnny showcased his stellar guitar abilities, much to the delight of our audiences. Additionally Hiland has interviewed and performed live on "Mainstream Drive" a national public radio show in Nashville and "Radio West" a national public radio show in Utah. Guitar hero Steve Vai was quoted in a recent issue of Guitar Player saying, "I have never heard anyone in his genre of music play with such precision and virtuosity.
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