Black John

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ARTIST: The Soul of John Black
TITLE: Black John
FORMAT: Compact Disc
LABEL: Eclecto Groove Records
RELEASE DATE: February 17, 2009
UPC NUMBER: 850021001308

John Black: vocals & guitar
Adam McDougal: keyboards
Shawn Davis: bass
Oliver Charles: drums
Jake Najor: drums
Scott Seiver: drums
Davey Chegwidden: percussion
Satnam Ramgotra: bowed cymbals
Laura J. Jones: background vocals
Kandace Linsey: background vocals

01. Black John (4:07)
02. Betty Jean (4:04)
03. Ever Changin’ Emotions (4:17)
04. Forever (3:44)
05. Bottom Chick (4:32)
06. I Knew a Lady (5:31)
07. White Dress (3:51)
08. Never Givin’ Up (4:37)
09. Better Babe (4:41)
10. Push Into the Night (3:56)
11. Holiday Inn (4:56)
12. Thinking About You (2:27)

Black John

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The Soul of John Black is John “JB” Bigham, an adventurous artist who isn’t afraid to take risks while pursuing his musical vision. His stage moniker is a name shrouded with an element of darkness and mystery, inspired by the 1976 cult film, “J.D.’s Revenge.” JB declares, “I tend to like artists who lean toward the shadows and walk the edge and wanted my music to reflect that.” He draws his inspiration from blues and soul pioneers of the past and stands as a true testament to the dynamic beauty and freedom of musical expression, which he strips down to the core – guitar, voice and exposed human emotion conveyed in sparse, soulfully-captivating performances wrought with raw, spontaneous power.

JB’s musical history boasts an impressive resume. He’s written songs for Miles Davis and played percussion in the Davis group. His track “Jilli” is featured on the trumpeter’s last studio album, “Amandla,” and he appeared on the Davis DVD, “Live in Paris,” recorded at the 10th Paris Jazz Festival. Bigham also played guitar and keyboard for the pioneering rock-funk-ska band Fishbone for eight years, contributing songs, guitars, keyboards, background vocals and production expertise to several of their albums, and later toured as a side man and played on sessions with artists as varied as Eminem, Dr. Dré, Rosey, Joi, Nikka Costa, Bruce Hornsby and Everlast.

The Soul of John Black is a celebration of the African American musical heritage. On “Black John,” JB masterfully combines soul, gospel, funk and hip-hop, while tracing its roots all the way back to its humble origins – the blues. JB infuses his uniquely crafted music with contemporary urban rhythms and hauntingly earthy, acoustic slide guitar, which at once pays tribute to a bygone era of such legendary figures as Leadbelly, John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters, while boldly crossing over into new innovative territories and sonic frontiers. Backed by notable musicians Adam McDougal on keys (Black Crowes, Macy Gray, Maroon 5, Nikka Costa), Oliver Charles on drums (Ben Harper, Rhythm Roots All-Stars), Scott Seiver on drums (Nikka Costa, Inara George), Jake Najor on drums (Carl Denson, Connie Price, Breakestra), Shawn Davis on bass (Beck, Nikka Costa), Davey Chegwidden on percussion (Rhythm Roots All-Stars, Bitter Sweet, Ghost Face Killer, Big Daddy Kane), and Bill Botrell on 2nd guitar (Grammy-winning producer for Sheryl Crow, Shelby Lynne, and many others), The Soul of John Black has reached a new plateau; transcending the crossroads and arriving upon an unexplored intersection on the aural highway. It’s soul music for a whole new generation.

“Retro soul-tinged in country, funk and blues…primed for jam-band fans.” – Rolling Stone Magazine

“(The Soul of John Black’s)…anguished wail will grab your gut and turn it inside out.” – Esquire Magazine

“It’s relentless…what matters is the soul and funk, and Bigham brings it on every track. He’s a fine singer, too, throwing in Godfather of Soul grunts and gospel melismas and pleading, sexually-charged asides that are worthy of Al Green.” – Paste Magazine

“The Soul of John Black singer-songwriter John Bigham has worked as a sideman for Miles Davis, Fishbone and Dr. Dre, but on his latest solo release, “Black John,” he charts his own course of simmering, groove-heavy modern blues that belongs on a bass-heavy dance floor as much as a rickety porch in the Delta.” – Los Angeles Times


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