John was born in Poughkeepsie New York, 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, he 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 played throughout the United States and Canada with many Groups including his own "Second Hand Rose," which played at the DJ Convention in 1974 at the "Peavey Room, King of the road hotel," and also the group had a spot on the "Grand Ole Opry 50th Anniversary" radio show.
Earlier in 74 John played for an audition to be one of the first Steel players at Opryland, John passed the audition but decided to work with his own group on his own music projects. In March 1979 John left for Brussels, Belgium to play & tour with various groups that he had made contact with. In 1980 John moved to Germany, and in 1981 moved to West Berlin where he played with the group "Western Union." WU Released 3 albums and 7 singles and were two time winners of the prestigious Marlboro Competition for West Germany, John toured through out Europe with the group.
In 1983, John was the featured Steel Guitarist for Germany's first "Steel Guitar Seminar." While in Europe John started to play the Flute and Saxophone. In 1985 John returned back to the USA and immediately went to Nashville. Here John worked at the World Famous Stockyard/Bullpen Lounge from April of 86 till November of 95. While there many artists would come by to sit in with the band, those included Jerry Lee Lewis, The Beach Boys, Reba McEntire, The Everly Brothers, Lorrie Morgan, The Kentucky Headhunters, Rick Astley, Steppenwolf's John Kay, Travis Tritt, Shania Twain, and many others. In 1991 John took a three month leave of absence from the Bullpen lounge to work with "Hank Williams Jr.."
In 1999, John recorded saxophone at the famous "Fame Studio's," in Muscle Shoals, Alabama with "Wayne Jackson," the Trumpet/leader of the "Memphis Horns," on a session for the famous country group "ALABAMA," with producer "Rick Hall". This studio is where all the "Stax Records" songs such as, "Knock On Wood," "Dock Of The Bay" and "Soul Man" were recorded and produced. John is a studio musician in Nashville, his talents on the Steel Guitar, Saxophone, Dobro and Flute, have made him in demand.
John is currently with Ronnie Milsap performing on Pedal Steel Guitar, Saxophone and Dobro. John says "I have many friends around the world today thanks to the Steel Guitar and music." John 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, he now owns 3 awesome Pedal Steel Guitars given to him.
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What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
I am a Pop music writer and performer, 70s on up through today. I do vocals music as well as instrumental music. My music touches on Rock and Jazz as well.How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?:I came up with the name "HEINRICH MANEUVER" when I was in Berlin, Germany working with a group in 1983. I had decided to start writing my own music and I gave any future projects this group name.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Charlie Parker, Ronnie Laws, Adele, Buddy Charlton, Pete Drake, Beethoven, Wagner, Liszt, Mozart, Luther Vandroos, Gerald Albright, Aretha Franklin, most R&B music from 60's on up, Ernest Tubb, Craig Morgan, Hall and Oats, Much More!
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
Producing an artist right now by the name of Tim Andrews and we are currently looking for material for him in the genre of Pop, Rock, New Country and just a great song. Also working on my next Pop vocal project, Saxophone, Flute, Oboe & English Horn Project, Pedal Steel Guitar and Dobro Project. Just co-produced a with an artist by the name of Adam Grant and he wrote and sang his own songs which came out great! Also mixing and mastering 2 projects one by an artist by the name of Gracie Metheny and Trey Gilliland. Always talking and planning with songwriters and singers about future projects. I also working in other studios around Nashville for other producers/artists/songwriters.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
I have achieved what I set out to do and which was to be active in the music business and working on music projects for myself and other people.What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?:My favorite track to perform is a song I wrote by the name of "Leap Into The Storm Of Time" off my "3 FACES" CD project.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
Circumventing the BS! I have had a lot of people in the business tell me that the higher you get the harder it gets and that's true.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
I am always coming up with a melody and depending on what that suggests to me I'll come up with a general theme about what the song is going to point at. I am always aware that things change and I might need to dump what I've got and look at new perspectives.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Social Media today is very important and I network every chance I get. You have to have yourself and your music out there unless you want to take the "hard road and make the mountain come to you"
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
I'm listening a lot to my artist Tim Andrews cultivating that and growing it. I listen to Luther Vandroos, David Sanborn, Gerald Albright and Jr. Walker and other Sax players from time to time. I like to listen to the early Beatles. Listening to a lot of various Oboe and English Horn players currently as I am also performing in a classical setting. I listen a lot to my own material to check and re-check for anything that might need to be changed.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I was into art work as in drawing, water colors and considered a job in technical Drafting. Still interested in Water Colors.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Work everyday on something for your career, network and get the word out, do social networking, pass out and take business cards, don't say anything bad about anyone else, be the friend to others, stay organized and keep records of who you have talked to, their contacts and what they do, keep all your pass words and user names in a book and never save them on your computer, feel free about contacting other people in the business and be clear about who you are, don't forget to smile, currently wear a mask and do social distancing, look to the positive side but don't forget about the things that might turn bad, stay away from people that your gut feelings tell you they will not be good for your career, don't be arrogant with anyone and keep your temper, ask others about themselves and don't force yourself on others.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
I would try to take radio, which is controlled by the Labels right now, take it back to the time with a live DJ and let the audience decide which record is going to be a hit, unfortunately everything right now depends solely on the big dollar and only the people that have it or have an investor can get in. This is why what you are doing with College Radio so important with helping artists get their music out and listened to, it somewhat offsets what the major labels are doing and gives one a chance. You are helping the "Change" to happen!
How Do You Feel About Originality?
This is a must hands down, of course through the time that I have been listening to music form an early age I took all that and boiled it down and eventually came out with my own way to do music. Even when I'm playing a Sax solo for a client on their track I can break that down to motifs and say "you hear that lick? I got that from such and such.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
Yes, if you are in Nashville, TN sometime please feel free to contact me and me can meet for coffee, but you need to wear a mask and stay 6 feet away otherwise no meet and greet, such are the times. I am currently playing Pedal Steel, Saxophone and Dobro with an artist you may not have heard of by the name of 40 number 1# Billboard hits - Ronnie Milsap, if you see that we are playing a concert close to you, (if they will let us do concerts anymore!), come on out and say hi. Feel free to contact me regarding anything else that might be needed. Thanks for this chance!