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John Schnabel

"I learned those 3 chords when I was 14; just never bothered to learn any more!"

John started playing guitar shortly after hearing his first Johnny Cash album. John was born and raised in Bucyrus, Ohio...a small burg about an hour north of Columbus and in a direct line with all Cedar Point traffic. High school introduced him to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and as they say, the rest is history. His first band was Via-Crusis, a short-lived venture that focused on the singer-songwriter genre. Enter life, and essentially a 20 year sabbatical to raise children, just playing enough benefits to keep his musician card valid. In early 1991 the band Gabriel's Highway was formed (yes, named after the Arlo Guthrie song) and they played John Prine and Nanci Griffith songs across north central Ohio. John was always writing songs, looking for outlets to play original material. At a friend's request in 2004, he entered a couple of songs into the Zoe Speaks, Clear Creek Music Festival and was selected as a finalist. He came in 3rd out of the 8 finalists at the festival outside of Berea, Kentucky. He has recorded 5 cds of original material, a series of 3 cover cds called "The Storyville Series" and 3 cds of duet cover material. He has been selected to perform at Columbus, Ohio's Comfest (Goodale Park) each of the last 6 years, including 2017's upcoming festival. He plays sporadically with a couple of bands (Stateline Sinners and The Hobos) from his hometown, focusing mostly on fairs and festivals. If he doesn't have a guitar in his hands, he's probably on his way to a concert.