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Genres You Will Love
Urban/R&B: Soul Moods: Mood: Sex Music Blues: Funky Blues Urban/R&B: Rhythm & Blues Moods: Mood: Christmas

By Location
United States - California - LA

Links
The Soul of John Black on Facebook Yellow Dog Records on Facebook The Soul of John Black's Official website The Soul of John Black on Yellow Dog Records The Soul of John Black on YouTube

The Soul of John Black

John "JB" Bigham is a singer, songwriter, performer, producer and innovator — an artist who blends the sounds of the past and the future with the smooth confidence and authority of a card shark shuffling a hot deck.

But when it comes to creating visionary music under the moniker of his alter-ego/band The Soul of John Black, there's no gambling involved. Bigham's smart blend of rock, funk, hip-hop, and R&B — all embraced by his love of classic and modern blues — makes him a true twenty-first-century soul man.

The musical foundation of this Los Angeles-based innovator who has worked with Miles Davis, Dr. Dré, Nikka Costa, Eminem, and other A-list talents was built during his childhood in the Windy City.

"I learned about music from my friends, my parents and the radio," JB says. "In Chicago a lot of soul-blues was popular, and even doo-wop, but when I got turned on to Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, as a guitar player there was no turning back."

With that broad stylistic education under his belt, Bigham moved to L.A. to pursue a career in music and began working as a touring sideman and session player. His first high profile gig was playing guitar for R&B hit man El DeBarge. But JB's personal history as an experimenter goes back to 1989, when he began an eight-year tenure playing guitar and keyboards in pioneering ska-funk-punk band Fishbone.

"Oddly enough, I didn't get into really deep old school blues until I was working with Miles and he recorded songs with John Lee Hooker for the soundtrack to a movie called The Hot Spot. That music affected me profoundly. John Lee Hooker became one of my main guys. I also figured that if his music and Miles Davis' could blend so beautifully, I should be able to find my own way of combining everything that I love. And that's what The Soul of John Black is about."