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Lonnie Mack

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Lonnie Mack is a roadhouse blues-rock legend — modern rock’s first true guitar hero. His playing has influenced the course of rock and roll and had an impact on many of modern rock’s current guitar heroes, including Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and especially Stevie Ray Vaughan. His early music bridged the gap between ’50s rockabilly and the psychedelic blues-rock of the following decade, and, like the best rock and roll, his work continues to embody a mixture of white and black roots music. Rock, blues, soul and country — Lonnie brings them all together for a sound that has been all his own for nearly forty years.

Lonnie was born in 1941 in Harrison, Indiana — some forty miles west of Cincinnati. Learning his first cords from his Mother at the ages of 5, Lonnie grew up playing bluegrass, country and gospel with his family and friends and listening to old radio stations which were playing black blues, jazz and gospel. Taking from all these influences he created his own personal style and when Rockabilly emerged to the music scene, Lonnie was already playing it!

He began playing professionally in his early teens when he quit school after a disagreement with his 7th grade teacher. He worked clubs and roadhouses around the tri-state border area of Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. In 1958, he bought the guitar he still plays today — Gibson Flying V old number 7. In addition to his live gigs, Lonnie began playing sessions for the King and Fraternity labels in Cincinnati. He recorded with blues and r&b greats like Hank Ballard, Freddie King and James Brown.

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