Southern Singer Songwriter

john Mohead

Media Quotes

Soulful Americana. Rocks Like a Freight Train


Effortlessly combines
Southern traditions
from country to blues and captures the images that are crisp as fried catfish.
–Blues Revue

Of his heroes, Mohead
comes closest to [Lowell] 
George; he’s got a
similar duck-and-punch,
drunken vocal style.
–Dirty Linen

 Nothing goes down
better than a good dose
of Southern rock and
this year’s model is
Mohead. A staunch upholder of Dixie-fried faith. -  the Commercial Appeal Memphis  

If you like Stephen Stills, the Allmans Brothers or Little Feat. See Mohead live. You will not be disappointed. 



     Deep down in the heart of the Mississippi delta near the banks of that mighty river, there’s this artist. His name is John Mohead and creates. He’s a multi-instrumentalist, writes songs and long form stories. He records, performs and produces critically acclaimed music. He produces festivals and shows.  He can list Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams and the late Greg Allman among his legion of fans. He makes furniture, paints, builds and designs. During a 10-year hiatus from the music scene, he renovated an 80-year-old restaurant and built it into a successful funky fine dining establishment as chef and general manager.  

   You see, Mohead was raised in a cotton field not central park. He comes from the dirt and water of his region. His first job was chopping cotton. He learned to play the blues from Robert Nighthawk’s famous son Sam Carr and harmonica legend Frank Frost, both members of the Jelly Roll Kings. John grew up listening to the delta blues on KFFA’s King Biscuit Time radio show broadcast live from Helena, Arkansas. He heard the country workin’ man’s music of Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings on WREC in Memphis.    Blues and gospel from the “Soul Man” Early Wright on WROX in Clarksdale and the late night AM signals from Chicago and Texas border stations.   

    At age 8, with Sun Studio’s Sam Phillips in attendance, Mohead played “Midnight Rider” on a talent show in Memphis on a four-string ukulele. 
Mohead got his first major label deal with Rounder Records for “Lula City Limits” produced by Living Blues publisher Jim O’Neal. John  was a staff writer for Pat Higdon and Universal MusicPublishing Nashville, co-wrote a Billboard top 20 hit “Southern Women” with Kent Blazy. Mohead has recorded over seven full length cd’s of original music with some very special guest along the way. Country superstar Keith Urban played guitar on several tracks on Mohead’s “Mary’s Porch” CD along with the Allman Brothers Johnny Neel, who toured with Mohead, and was captured on the “Live From Telluride” album recorded at Blues and Brews Festival in Telluride, CO. In addition, John Mohead has numerous film, TV and production credits to his name.

Mohead has performed with everyone from Bob Dylan, David Allen Coe, the Allman Brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Warren Haynes, Billy Joe Shaver, Kenny Neal, Fred Eaglesmith, Buddy Miles, North Mississippi Allstars, Jerry Reed, Tower of Power, Little Feat, Charlie Musselwhite, Blind Boys of Alabama, Sam Bush, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tony Joe White and Widespread Panic just to namea few. Mohead spent 20 years touring the world playing festivals and shows, performing over 200 dates a year.  John Mohead is hailed as the “staunch upholder of Dixie Fried Faith” who is “deeply steeped in Kentucky Bourbon and Mississippi Mud.”
Mohead's latest project, “Mograss”is available on all streaming platforms, and is a slight departure from his southern blues rock past. "Mograss" is a different taste from John's conventional musical palette. "Mograss" takes a behind the beat groove mixed
with fine bluegrass instrumentation; from David Pierce on mandolin, award winning banjo player, Ryan Cavanaugh, Blue Mother Tupelo's Ricky Davis on do bro and Grammy Award winning artist, Charlie Musselwhite, on harmonica resulting in an unpredictable gumbo feast!
Mohead’s lyrics read like a collection of short stories you finish too quickly. His music leaves you tapping your foot and wanting more. Fans of Lowell George, Van Morrison, Greg Allman and Gram Parsons have a new name to add to their list.
“The greatest songwriter you never heard of” is John Mohead. A true “Son of the South”. Go check him out.
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