John Heinrich has a New Release called “Leap into the Storm of Time” and it’s really worth checking out. We’ve recently done an amazing interview with John, and you can check it here.
John was born on October 26, 1951, in Poughkeepsie New York. He moved to Lexington Kentucky in 1957 with his Parents. In 1964, John got his first Guitar and soon after was playing in bands with friends around his neighborhood. In 1970, John went to the University of Kentucky to major in stand-up Bass but soon realized that he was thinking in terms of Melody, “I knew that if I was going to work I needed to find a melody instrument.” John Had already begun playing the Lap Steel in addition to bass guitar so the move to pedal steel seemed logical. John practiced day and night, brought his guitar home every night from a job, and listened to as much steel as possible. “Some of his early influences were Don Helms, Buddy Charlton and of course the master at being commercial Mr. Pete Drake.”
John says “I have many friends around the world today thanks to the Steel Guitar and music,” Heiko Aehle is a friend of John’s that lives in Germany. John says, “I was trying to contact the North Tennessee Steel Guitar Assoc. on my computer and when I typed in the address and clicked on ‘go,” Heiko’s Home page came up and after e-mailing with him, found out that he lives in the same area of Germany that my family the HEINRICH’s came out of in the Eighteen Hundreds”! “Heiko and I probably would have known each other long ago or played in the same bands if my family had never immigrated.”
John recently was presented a custom EXCEL Steel Guitar built by Mitsuo Fujii, President and Owner of the “Fuzzy Steel Guitar Products Company,” in Tokyo Japan. John considers it a great honor to be presented this beautiful guitar and Full Endorsement! from the makers of such a high quality instrument. Read more here: