John Mooney

Travelin' On

"Two things hit you immediately about John Mooney. First, the manic intensity of his singing and playing, and second, the almost painful authenticity of the bluesman himself. Don't be fooled about either, though, because under the wild surface a second glance will reveal a surprising degree of sophistication in all aspects of John Mooney's work and persona. As a guitar player his choppy, rhythmic attack and extensive harmonic variations instead of endless bent note solos are singular in the world of contemporary blues and probably reveal more of an affinity to Thelonious Monk than to John Lee Hooker.

As a singer we don't need any hype either. The man has spent a large part of

1. Mean Mistreater
2. Phonograph Blues
3. Maybe Baby
4. Junco Partner
5. Kind Hearted Woman
6. Ain't Gonna Marry
7. Standin' Round Cryin'
8. Travelin' On
9. Shortnin' Bread

his life travelling across the country by himself, playing on streetcorners. Here we might use the term "paying his dues" appropriately for a change. And as a youngster, growing up in Rochester, New York, he had a stroke of luck which most aspiring blues musicians can only dream of. He met and became friends with the great Son House, who taught him to, as he puts it, Sing Loud, and when John Mooney, at the end of a performance, comes out on the stage and sings "Grinning In Your Face" a capella the result is truly moving."


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