Apr 16, 2010 12:43 PM by Melissa Canone
John Mooney & Bluesiana will be at Downtown Alive tonight at Parc International.
Throughout the years John Mooney has developed one of the most distinctive and easily identifiable guitar and vocal signatures of today. Influenced by his grandfather who was a musician, John left home at 15 and began playing with Joe Beard. He was introduced to the first and most enduring influence on the development of Mooney's music, the legendary Delta blues singer, Ed "Son" House. Son's heavily rhythmic style allowed Mooney to adapt acoustic playing to a modern electric format, which is one of his most distinctive trademarks. In 1976, John moved to New Orleans and immersed himself in that city's vibrant music scene. John regularly played with the likes of Earl King, The Meters, Snooks Eaglin, and the man who was to influence his music greatly, the father of New Orleans piano, Professor Longhair. John successfully combined the sounds of the delta with the syncopated rhythms of the Crescent City to create the style that has become uniquely his own.
Since 1981, he has been touring with his group, the Bluesiana Band, performing throughout the U.S., Canada, Panama, Europe, Australia, and Japan. After the loss of long time friend and band member Jeff Sarli, Mooney has called upon Rene Coman of the Iguanas for Bluesiana Bass rhythms and renowned New Orleans drummer Kevin O'Day to keep the beat. Over the years, John and his band have earned a musical reputation that have gained them invitations to play at numerous folk, jazz, and blues festivals across the globe, including the Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Newport Folk Festival, the Chicago Blues Festival, and a yearly appearance at New Orleans' world renowned Jazz & Heritage Festival. In 2000, Mooney released "Gone to Hell," with special guest Dr. John adding some extra spice. The critics welcomed this comeback with open arms and high praise. His newest disc, "Big Ol' Fiya" with special guest Jon Cleary has been a long time coming but Mooney has brought some profound musical styles and songwriting to his signature syncopated delta blues sound. www.johnmooneylive.com