John Fohl. Since his arrival in New Orleans in 1996, John Fohl has become one of the busiest guitarists anywhere. He’s released two records, 1998’s I Got News For You and this year’s Time Ain’t Waitin’, and is cultivating a successful solo career that keeps him in demand locally and abroad. Both recordings feature John’s formidable acoustic guitar skills and rich, soulful voice in an intimate setting with some special guests sitting in. In addition, John’s eclectic style has become key to many of the Crescent City’s top acts. Whether funkin’ it up with The Joe Krown Organ Combo or George Porter jr, playing rock and soul with Tommy Malone, swinging with Ingrid Lucia or backing up blues legends Pinetop Perkins and Hubert Sumlin when they come to town, all agree; John comes to play!
This Montana native’s ten years spent in the musically vibrant Pacific Northwest found him recording and touring with many of that region’s most successful acts as well. His work with the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies helped their “Zoot Suit Riot” CD sell more than 1 million units earning John a platinum record in 1998!
Twenty years in the music business has also found him backing up artists such as Bo Diddly and Joe Huston, and he’s appeared on recordings alongside Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Henry Vestine, Spencer Bohren, David Doucet and many others on over 25 records.
John has found a natural home in New Orleans and is grateful for the opportunity to live, learn and work in such a rich musical culture; and he’s received a warm welcome from the community; you can hear it !
Papa Mali. Malcolm “Papa Mali” Welbourne is an American record producer, guitarist, singer, and songwriter who grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana, United States, and lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. His debut recording Thunder Chicken, produced by Dan Prothero, has been referred to as “one of the few truly wild and unruly records to come from the rock & roll tradition in the 21st century”.
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux
The Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans have had a huge impact on New Orleans music-especially funk and r’n’b. Big Chief Monk Boudreau, the most important living link to this tradition, delivers soulful vocals and evocative lyrics over hypnotic grooves created by Dr. John, Cyril Neville, Anders Osborne, Tab Benoit, The Golden Eagles and more!