"This soulful, rootsy, delta blues grass rock, goes down like good bourbon on a summer night."” - Beth Lamberson Warren

— Telluride Blues and Brews

john Mohead

Funky. Soulful. Real Southern..

 

If you like Van. If you like Stills. If you like the Allmans. You'll be  down with Mohead.

Bio

   John mohead was born in Memphis, TN just blocks from the mighty Mississippi River, Sun Studio and Beale Street. John was raised up in the cotton fields and swamps near Clarksdale, Mississippi, hearing  the music first hand from the juke joints and honky tonks drifting thru the thick night air.  John's first public appearance was a talent show at age 9 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 and learning slide guitar from blues legend Sam Carr, Big Jack Johnson and Frank Frost.  Sam even let John play electric blues pioneer, Robert Nighthawk's Gretch guitar and copper slide.   By age 18, mohead headed to Nashville and signed his first publishing deal with Pat Patrick and Nineteenth Avenue South. There he teamed up with hit writer Kent Blazy, of Garth Brooks fame,  and wrote his first top 20 Billboard Country hit, "Southern Women." Mohead also was a staff writer for Patrick Joseph Music and Universal Music Publishing where he received many film and TV cuts of his music. 

Mohead began to garner commercial and critical success during this stint in Music City but the confines of the Nashville machine drove John back to his delta roots.  Mohead rented a house on Moon Lake and began to write about what he saw and heard and dreamed.  The songs had a country like Gram Parsons feel  but they definitely had a whole lot of soul. John played some of the new tunes for Living Blues founding editor Jim O'Neal and Jim was impressed enough to sign mohead to his first full length CD “Lula City Limits” on Rounder Records.  John was now on a world stage receiving  much critical acclaim, touring around the world and even capturing the interest of Bob Dylan who invited John to open some shows for him.    John Mohead has gone on to record over 7 full length cd’s of original music and one live show recorded at The Telluride Blues and Brews Festival, "Live From Telluride," which featured former Allman Brother,  Johnny Neel, who toured and recorded with Mohead. 

John  Mohead’s lyrics read like a collection of short stories you finish too quickly.  In the twenty year's of performing,  Mohead have performed with everyone from Bob Dylan, Little Feat, the Allman Brothers, Sam Bush, Warren Haynes, Billy Joe Shaver, David Allen Coe, Widespread Panic and the North Mississippi Allstars to name a few. Mohead has spent years touring the world and at one point doing over 200 dates a year on four continents.

John 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 and Greg Allman have a new name to add to their list.  If passion and soul is what moves you, look no further. You have to see him live. You won't be disappointed. 

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