John’s also a global ambassador of superior made-in-the-USA roots music. Starting in 1989, he’s played in Europe many times; on an especially noteworthy visit to France in early 2016, he won over concertgoers at the acclaimed Edition de Bain de Blues Festival. His fan base spreads across the Continent, from Poland to Denmark. John has traveled to blues outposts like New Zealand and the Fiji Islands, as well. Between his USA and overseas gigs, he’s busy about 150 nights a year.
When not igniting fires of excitement in clubs and at festivals, John gives it his all in the recording studio. His well-received debut album, Let Yourself Go (Rip Cat), released in late 2015, found him in excellent form, supported by his regular sidekicks--Scott Abeyta (guitar) and John Shafer--plus ace guitar-playing guests Rusty Zinn, Kid Ramos, Roger Perry, and John’s brother Bill. Not to forget rollicking pianist Bob Welsh and Polish piano great Bartek Szopinski. Let Yourself Go points out not only his considerable musical skills but also his ability to write strong, memorable songs. Moreover, the well-received album signaled that he’s a connoisseur of fine old r&b and blues tunes; he updates the likes of Titus Turner’s 1960s rhumba “Big John from Mississippi” and Les Cooper’s 1962 chart hit “Dig Yourself.”
Today, the blues and its related musical forms demand fresh infusions of heart and soul. John delivers the goods effortlessly. He provides just the right blend of incantation and inspiration that results in completely honest music that can make a listener want to shed a little tear one moment and get up and shout the next.
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