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Johnny Compton is one of the great veterans of the Charleston music scene and over the years has done a little bit of everything, from hosting open mics to playing in some of the best rock bands in the valley.
His current outfits include the Diablo Blues Band, the metal edged Black Cross Brotherhood and hard rocking Prank Monkey. Hej’s added a different side to the rock and blues axe-man, but that may be because he recently started listening to vinyl.
Black Cross Brotherhood
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PLAYING GUITAR?
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I’ve been playing guitar for almost 30 years. I got a guitar for my 13th birthday but didn’t pick it up seriously until I was 16. I was a singer and got fired by the guitar player, so I decided to show him by learning to play better than him.
WHAT WAS THE FIRST SONG YOU LEARNED ON GUITAR?
The first song I ever learned to play was Johnny B. Goode. My Mom loved that song and I wanted to make her proud.
WERE YOU A NATURAL PERFORMER OR DID YOU HAVE TO WORK AT IT?
I’ve always been a natural performer…lol. I started out as a singer. Playing the guitar was different, I used to practice 4-5 hours a day. When I first started, I played so much that my finger tips split, so I put band-aids on them and kept playing.
WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST MUSICAL INFLUENCES?
My biggest influences are Randy Rhoads, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Dimebag Darrell and Bill Holstein. Bill was a local player and the only one of my influences that I actually got to sit and talk to. He once told me, if you’re playing a solo and you hear 10 notes in your head….play 5. If you hear 5, play 2…if you hear 2, shut the hell up.
WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT AS A MUSICIAN TO DATE?
My proudest moment as a musician yet has got to be the first Black Cross Brotherhood show. We were having terrible technical issues but when we finished the first song, the whole crowd just stood there in stunned silence for a full 5 seconds and then just exploded. I knew then and there that we had something extremely special.
FAVORITE RIFF TO PLAY
My favorite riff to play….hmmmm…I would say Born into the Machine from our upcoming album is a current favorite. It’s a crushing but still melodic riff that’s a hoot to play. A close second would be the harmonized sweep in our song Hell Rider. It always takes folks by surprise…lol.
MOST EPIC MOMENT ON STAGE?
My most epic moment on stage would have to be the very first time that my son Jonathon played a gig with me. We had a band together called American Bonehead. He was 16 and I had to turn my back to the crowd a couple of times to wipe my eyes.
IF I WERE TO LOOK INTO YOUR MUSIC SELECTION, WHAT WOULD IT CONSIST OF?
My taste in music is really broad. You would find everything from B.B. King to Goatwhore. I love old classic outlaw country as well. I’ve always found that the more music you expose yourself to, the better. I’ll often throw country or blues licks into the heavy stuff. It adds color and keeps things interesting.
ON THE ROAD, WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT?
On the road, the one thing I can’t live without….hmmmm….Barton’s American Whiskey. It kills the jitters before a show and helps me sleep in the van afterwards.
IF I WASNT A MUSICIAN, I WOULD BE… ?
If I wasn’t a musician, I would be dead. Pure and simple. Music is life for me.
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