john Mohead

Mohead the band

Mohead the band

A Son of the South

Singer Songwriter

Slide Guitar King

John Mohead was delivered into this world within site of the Mississippi River in Memphis. He was raised in a cotton field and grew up listening to delta blues and country music along the banks of Moon Lake near Clarksdale, Mississippi.  As a teenager, John started jamming with the likes of Frank Frost, Sam Carr, Big Jack Johnson, Willie Cobbs and rockabilly hall of famer C.W. Gatlin. He played fish frys for Conway Twitty's mother on Moon Lake in addition to playing some of the most notorious honky tonks and bars in the region. Some complete with chicken wire in front of the stage.  Mohead dropped out of college and headed to Nashville where he got his first publishing deal and penned his first Billboard top 20 country hit. John was signed by Jim O'Neal to the Rounder/ Okratone label where John began getting critical worldwide interest and along the way caught the ear of Bob Dylan. After performing on Billy Blocks live radio show with Lucinda Williams, John signed with Universal Music Nashville that helped propel his career even further. During this time, John was managed by Steve Gumble of Telluride Blues who began to take the band more into the jam band scene where they routinely would play 3 hour sets with no breaks every night. Gumble began billing the full band as "Mohead" and the singer/songwriter shows as "John  Mohead" so as to distinguish the different shows to the audience.  Under Steve Gumbles guidance Mohead toured the world for the next 10 years opening and headlining with everyone from Bob Dylan, the Allman Brothers, Little Feat, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Widespread Panic, Wilco, Warren Haynes,  David Alan Coe, Keb Mo, B B King, Lucinda Williams, Billy Joe Shaver and the North Mississippi Allstars to name a few.  John has recorded 7 studio albums and one live album, "Live from Telluride." John performed and presented on "The Handy Blues Awards" and is featured on a Mississippi Blues Trail Marker, "Livin In Lula." John, or his music, has appeared in numerous broadcast around the world in film and TV not to mention 8 spots on "The Young and the Restless." An authentic interpreter of the South, John conjures up all of it's many musical forms and dialects and easily makes it into one rich gumbo. As Bill Ellis of the Memphis Commercial Appeal said,   "John Mohead is the best, most soulful songwriter you never heard of."