John was born and raised in a tiny, traditional farming community in Northwest Ohio hugging the Indiana state line. A place where many locals knew and grew up with Glen Campbell as he and his family picked tomatoes when Glen was a boy. The actual cement slab left from the Campbell shanty is still visible and just right down the road from where John lives now.
John grew up listening to his parent's 33 and 78 rpm records of the rock 'n' roll and classic country greats of the 50's and 60's. "I remember listening to my moms 78's on her record player from the 50's. I would listen to those records hundreds of times so I could write the lyrics down so I could learn to sing those songs." During his teen and early adult years, John wrote poetry and did have three poems published in anthology books. However, there was more inside of him that needed to escape. Influenced by such icons as Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe, Del McCoury, Hank Williams and George Jones; he realized that song writing was the path for him. In 2008 John bought his first guitar and a Johnny Cash song book and taught himself to play. He soon after put pen to paper and the words seemed to flow like water. His rhythms are simple and the lyrics relatable. Through his unique sound and original songs, John's passion is to help fill the void in bluegrass/country music with a type of music that has not been popular for over 35 years. In his bluegrass/neo-classical country style, the voices of his inspirations can be heard. "I guess I do want to sound like the greats but where I fall short of doing that is where my original sound comes from."
Whether it is 1940 or today, this sound or style can not be dated. It's all right here. It is John Brodbeck.