A sound and style that could easily have come from Memphis
or Chicago is perhaps what makes John Lackard and his Green Mountain
origin so unique. Not just another trip on the "Blues Bandwagon"
that is so ever popular today. This is the real thing. His apparent
connection and understanding began when his father brought the
Boogie Woogie piano and records into the household, and started
a career that has lasted over a quarter of a century.
John's first real musical instrument at the age of five was
a Hohner harmonica. Being only eight when he went to work selling
greeting cards for points toward a plastic electric guitar. It
was followed by a Silvertone "Stella" 12 string acoustic
guitar when he was nine. During this time, John moved next door
to Buddy Truax, jazz guitarist of "Buddy Truax And The Playboys".
This early influence was enhanced by Buddy's sons who played bass
and drums, providing a rhythm section to jam with in addition
to Buddy's informal "lessons". By age fifteen he was
ready for his first professional stage appearance. Touring New
York and New England for a few years led to a stint with Sam the
Sham, sit-ins with James
Rogers and Bob Margolin , working with Cotton's drummer as Ken Johnson and Co.,
in addition to opening shows for Jimmy and James. After which
Jimmy declared "That boy kicks the hell out of the Blues!"
James simply stated "The Blues is in Vermont".
Currently in process of recording a CD, one of the tracks titled
"I Wanna Go Back" can be heard on the compilation album
"Best of The Green Mountain Blues Vol. 1". The future
promises a continued extensive touring schedule that previously
prompted a radio D.J. to proclaim the John Lackard Blues Band
"The Hardest Working Blues Band in New England".