Colin John loves playing the Blues.
"Itís really honest music and it speaks from the soul and I think thatís why it connects with people from every walk of life".
An accomplished, versatile musician, John commands the stage with both his guitar prowess and passionate singing honed from years steeped in Memphisí rich music community. His infectious, genre-defying style was described by the British music magazine Mojo as "ferociously entertaining funked - up R&B" and a reviewer in Akronís Beacon Journal suggested John sounds like "Albert King channeling Steve Vai".
Born in Cleveland, Colin spent his youth in Memphis, picking up guitar by accident. "I was playing trumpet in the school band and I punctured my ear drum in a football game. So the Band director put me in the concert band playing couble bass with a bow, and from there I progressed to electric bass in the jazz band at school and then switched to guitar". Colin was also busy soaking up classic Chicago blues and Memphis soul during this time.
After graduating from Ohio University, Colin turned pro. Answering an ad in The Village Voice, he landed the guitar spot with the NYC based Little Mike and the Tornadoes. While he had to share the spotlight with guest heavy weights, such as Howliní Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin and Ronnie Earl, Colin represented himself will in solo spots. This stint with Little Mike gave Colin the chance to mingle with a number of blues notables, including one-time Muddy Waters pianist Pinetop Perkins, who continually referred to the upcoming guitarist as "Collard Greens". Eventually, Colin and the Tornadoes rhythm section would head off to tour the South as the Root Doctors. Discouraged after a hurricane stranded them in Florida, the threesome went their separate ways. Colin chose to hook up with friends in Memphis.
The timing couldnít have been better.
Memphis became fertile ground for the budding musician. Playing lead in the house band on Saturday afternoons at B.B. Kingís Beale Street club, Colin would often back visiting artists from Hank Ballard to James Cotton to Pinetop Perkins and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. Absorbing all those influences, Colin learned that the main thing was to be sure to have your own style and identity; use all your influences and distill them in your own voice.
Moving to London in 1993, Colin spent ten years in the U.K. playing with some veteran musicians who worked with Eric Clapton- Henry Spinetti - one of Ericís old drummers who also played with George Harrison and Paul McCartney; Dave Bronze, who plays bass on and off with Eric and Gary Brooker from Procol Harum.
Family matters drew him back to Ohio in 2002, where he built a solid fanbase in the heartland, while travelling between Europe and Hawaii. Hawaii and the music of the islands stole his heart and that is now where he makes his home.