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Monday, 03.02.2014, 20:20
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John The Conqueror (USA)
This tight-knit trio plays the kind of whiskey-soaked blues that rocks, belts, bellows and brawls. Spiked with sumptuous but hard-assed soul, it's music that's honest, riverdeep downlow and mountainsky high. Watch its spirit and power raise the roof over our music dome.

They're originally from Jackson, Mississippi, now hail from Philly, The City of Brotherly Love (Not exactly...). In their music they tell the gritty truth as they see it and you'll hear an influence as varied as that of Savoy Brown and Foghat. It began simple enough: First it was charismatic frontman Pierre Moore belting the songs and hot-licking the guitar and his cousin Mike Gardner was the force of nature on drums. Then this superpower trio in the making was completed by Ryan Lynn's meaty beat on bass. (You might have first come across Pierre and Mike as members of the Indierockpunkband The Slack Republic, immortalised by James Spooner in his doc «Afro-Punk», 2007).

Says Pierre: «I'm a Blues man; all I got are stories.» Their still fresh second album is «Once Upon A Time» and the title sounds like a collection of kiddy fairytales - not. With titles and lines like «I just Wanna», «Let's burn Down The Cornfield» and the crying-out-loud «What Would You Do If You Was In My Shoes?» in the closer «3 More», they'll lift you straight out of your wintry galoshes.

Expect no less from the trio that's named after a mystical prince from Africa, sold as a slave but never broken due to his wit and the tricks he was able to play on his masters. You might have your fairytale here but John The Conqueror is also the folk name of a root that is rumored to have magical powers. Listen to them and you'll feel like you chewed on that root for a while. 

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