John "JT" Thompson writes and performs songs from many genres, but with his soul firmly planted in the Blues his music swings and boogies and flows with joy that brings light to the dark side of life.
Thompson grew up in central Pennsylvania, but soon found himself in himself in the deep South, playing in Louisiana music dens, Texas cowboy bars, Mississippi juke joints, and absorbing bayou culture. After a Biloxi hurricane, JT headed to Atlanta, where he continued working up and down the East coast, eventually becoming Music Director for Lotsa Poppa (400 Lbs of Soul) touring the Southeast and appearing regularly at Atlanta Blues clubs.
In 2002, JT returned North, where his piano playing and entertaining have made him a fixture on the central PA music scene. He regularly performs solo and also with notable groups The Triple A Blues Band, Maxwell Strait, Natascha & The Spy Boys, The Doug McMinn Blues Band, and fronts his own band The Denicats.
In September of 2012, JT partnered with Triple A Blues Band guitarist Andy Tolins, and won a competition that will have them going to Memphis TN in early 2013 to represent the Blues Society of Central PA in the 29th International Blues Challenge. Thompson was a Top 8 Finalist in the 2011 IBC where he represented the Billtown Blues Association.
He’s a Jamarama host for the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, and his 2012 CD “This Way That Way” has been delighting Blues fans everywhere, proving to be a complimentary follow-up to his internationally acclaimed 2010 album “Chase Away Your Blues.”