“"This rootsy, delta grass rock, goes down like good bourbon on a summer night."” - Beth Lamberson Warren
— Telluride Blues and Brews
barry bays: bass
nick aultman: guitar
john mohead: vocals, guitars
will garrett: drums, percussion
libby switzer: bacground vocals, percussion
david pierce: mandolin
If you like Van. If you like Stills. If you like Allmans. You are down with Mohead.
John mohead was born in the same hospital in Memphis where Elvis died just blocks away from the mighty Mississippi River. John's first public appearance was a talent show at age 8 where he played Greg Allman’s “Midnight Rider” on a four-string ukulele. At 15 he began playing backyard barbeques for Conway Twitty’s mother. Mohead recorded “Lula City Limits” for Living Blues founder Jim O’Neal and Rounder Records. He was as a staff writer for Pat Higdon and Universal Music Nashville, co-wrote a Billboard top 20 hit “Southern Women” and has recorded over 7 full length cd’s of original music. Mohead’s lyrics read like a collection of short stories you finish too quickly. In the band's twenty year history, the two original members, John Mohead and Barry Bays, have performed with everyone from Bob Dylan, Little Feat, David Allen Coe, the Allman Brothers, Warren Haynes, Billy Joe Shaver, Widespread Panic to name a few. Mohead, the band, has spent years touring the world and at one point doing over 200 dates a year on four continents.
Original bassist Barry Bays can usually be found teaching guitar and bass at Delta State University's prestigious Delta Music Institute when Mohead's not working. Barry has toured and recorded with world renown artist like guitar guru Shaun Lane, Jonas Hellbourg, country artist Steve Azar and many others. Drummer Will Garret who hails from the home of Jimmie Rodgers in Meridian Mississippi, anchors the groove. He also plays with the band, American Blond. Libby Switzer, who grew up down the street in Gulfport from Allman Brothers drummer, Jaimoe, lends her vocals and percussion in the studio and for the live shows. Libby has her own original touring band, Jimi's People, that have a hot college following and tour regionally. Native Memphian, David Pierce grew up in a musical family who called Elvis and Sam Phillips as friends. He started playing mandolin at age 17 and joined the legendary bluegrass group The Tennessee Gentlemen and more recently the Tennessee Bolt Smokers. David is also a NARAS Premier Player award winner. Some have referred to guitarist Nick Aultman as quite the renaissance man. In addition to being an virtuoso guitar player in any genre, Nick is also a regional jujitsu champion.
Mohead is hailed as the “staunch upholder of Dixie fried faith. Steeped in Southern Comfort rather than counterfeiting it.” Fans of Lowell George, Van Morrison, Greg Allman and Gram Parsons have a new name to add to their list. If passion for music is what moves you, look no further. You need to see this band live. They will not disappoint.