John Mooney (musician)

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John Mooney
JohnMooney2004.jpg
John Mooney at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 2004
Background information
Born(1955-04-03) April 3, 1955 (age 59)
East Orange, New Jersey, United States
OriginNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States
GenresBlues, Delta blues, R&B
OccupationsMusician
InstrumentsGuitar
Years active1979-present
LabelsBlind Pig
House of Blues
Powerhouse
Bullseye Blues
Ruf
Domino
CrossCut
Live Music Lives
Websitehttp://www.johnmooneylive.com/
 
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John Mooney
JohnMooney2004.jpg
John Mooney at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 2004
Background information
Born(1955-04-03) April 3, 1955 (age 59)
East Orange, New Jersey, United States
OriginNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States
GenresBlues, Delta blues, R&B
OccupationsMusician
InstrumentsGuitar
Years active1979-present
LabelsBlind Pig
House of Blues
Powerhouse
Bullseye Blues
Ruf
Domino
CrossCut
Live Music Lives
Websitehttp://www.johnmooneylive.com/

John Mooney (born April 3, 1955) is an American blues guitarist and singer based in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has developed a unique music style by combining Delta blues,[1] with the funky second line beat of New Orleans. As a guitarist, he is especially known for his slide guitar work.

Early life[edit]

John Mooney was born in East Orange, NJ and raised in Rochester, New York, United States, and he left home when he was 15. The following year, he met Son House, a Mississippi bluesman who became a huge musical influence on him.[2]

Musical career[edit]

In 1976, Mooney moved to New Orleans, and soon he was playing with host of musicians in the New Orleans R&B circuit including Earl King, The Meters, Snooks Eaglin and Professor Longhair.

He released his first album Comin' Your Way on Blind Pig Records in 1979. In 1981, he formed his own band Bluesiana with whom he has been recording and touring since. He has released albums from several different labels including Against the Wall on nationally distributed House of Blues label in the U.S., and also others from German labels CrossCut and Ruf. In 2000, he returned to Blind Pig to release Gone to Hell which featured Dr. John as a special guest. All I Want followed two years later on the label.

His latest release Big Ol' Fiya was nominated for Blues Music Awards' "Contemporary Blues Album of the Year" in 2006.

Family life[edit]

John Mooney has three children, Zachea, Sienna, and Devon Mooney. His eldest son, Zack, was once ranked third in the nation in Yu-Gi-Oh. Sienna, an aspiring photographer, is attending University of Central Florida, focusing on a major in Cinema Studies with a minor in French, and makes videos on YouTube.

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Du Noyer, Paul (2003). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music (1st ed.). Fulham, London: Flame Tree Publishing. p. 181. ISBN 1-904041-96-5. 
  2. ^ Koda, Cub; Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Biography: John Mooney". Allmusic. Retrieved 31 July 2010. 

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