Jackson Danger Presenting: Gibson Vintage J-45…. Taaa Taaa!
Gibson began making acoustic guitars in 1934. In 1942, Gibson introduced the J-45 guitar. It was part of the round-shoulder, dreadnought line. It was a durable no-frills guitar and the manufacturer called it their “workhorse guitar.” In 1942, the list price was $45.00…and was made during the war while others were discontinued. The wood had a sunburst look, which hid small defects in the wood. Wood was very hard to find during the war. The Gibson J-45 became a huge success.
The J-45 Gibson Guitar is one of the most loved acoustic guitars in history and is still produced today. Because of it’s distinguished rank, Gibson released the 1942 “J-45 Legend” in honor of its great legacy.
The J-45 is know for its warm deep sound and good projection. It is also easy to play.
With that introduction, I would like to tell you about my Gibson Vintage J-45.
My beginning guitar Read On!
The Grateful Dead was a band that was formed in 1965. They played rock, folk, blues, country and bluegrass music. The band came along when the Beatles, The Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones were popular. Singers like John Prine, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan were on the move.
They traveled all over the country performing and had a large group of fans that would follow them from concert to concert. Those fans became known as the “Deadheads.”
The concerts were never alike because Read On!
John Prine is one of my favorite musical artists. He is considered an American country folk singer, songwriter and musical icon.
He was born in 1946 just after World War II. When he was 14 years old, he was taught to play the guitar by his brother, David. When he came home from the army in the late 60s, he began his career.
His first album was made in 1971 which featured his own songwriting. Some of the songs he has written are: “Illegal Smile,”” Sam Stone,” “Far Fr0m Me,” and “Hello In There.”
One time when he was performing in a New Your club Read On!
I like to share the music I love with people. I’ve never been afraid of singing in front of any kind of audience… young or old.
Quite often, my mom Sarah, drops me off at the Senior Citizen Center with my guitar and she picks me up a couple of hours later. I really enjoy preforming for these kind old ladies. (Sometimes they show up an hour before I get there so they can get a good seat.) They never tip, but I love to see them smile.
Last Christmas , my friend Bailee and I sang a Christmas song at my church. The Bishop was a little reluctant to let us play because I would be playing a guitar. I think that in the Bishop’s mind it would be loud…. like electric guitars. He wasn’t sure it would be appropriate for Church.
My dad assured him it would not be loud and that the song was a beautiful Christmas song about the baby Jesus.
We sang a song by Bruce Cockburn Read On!
The album called, Harvest Moon was recorded by Neil Young in 1992. One of my favorite songs is Harvest Moon… which Neil Young wrote and performed. Several artists have recorded the song since it was introduced.
Neil Young was born in 1945 and began to perform in 1960. He sang with Crosby, Stills and Nash before he released his first album in 1958. He has made 34 albums and is still performing.
A few of the musicians that influenced Neil Young are Elvis Presley, The Fleetwoods, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. He really liked Bob Dylan too.
He first started to play music on a plastic ukulele, then a baritone ukulele. Finally he picked up a guitar. Read On!
Article from the Daily Herald – By Andrea Nelson – June, 2011
I was quite surprise when the local paper wrote an article about me.
LINDON — Jackson Danger Tuomisto, a 12-year-old guitarist from Lindon, has no trouble with stage fright. And with a middle name like that, he had better not. The young musician performs as “Jackson Danger” at small venues across the valley.
“I can play for five or 5,000, no difference,” he said. “I just think of girls.”
He frequents Guru’s restaurant on Center Street in Provo, where he has gained quite a following, and also entertains at health care facilities. In addition, his YouTube videos have nearly 30,000 hits worldwide. Read On!
Nearly every Friday night, I perform at Milagros in Orem, Utah. I’m kind of a single “Jackson Danger Band” while I’m there. I walk among the tables and sing songs from the 60s and 70s… which are my favorite.
I love those old songs from legends like Neil Young, John Prine, Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead… just to name a few. I like what they did with a simple acoustic guitar. My parents think I’m an “Old Soul in a Young Body.” I don’t know about that.
At Milagros, I walk among the tables and sing to folks while they are enjoying the best Mexican Food in Utah. Of course, I can say that because my dad, Dave owns the place and I know what goes into giving his customers the best Mexican Mexican food around.
Sometimes people ask me to sing their favorite songs. Read On!
I’ve been playing a Baby Taylor Mahogany Top Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar. Boy, that was a mouthful! It is my first guitar.
This guitar is a Dreadnought, which refers to the shape. This familiar shape is one that people generally think of when they visualize a guitar. This shape became well know because it was used by the musicians and folks singers of the 60’s and 70’s. It is also used by Bluegrass musicians. Read On!