He jammed on guitar and keyboard for the pioneering rock-funk-ska band Fishbone for eight years and has toured and recorded with artists as acclaimed and diverse as Miles Davis, Eminem, Dr. Dré, Nikka Costa, Bruce Hornsby and Everlast. His 2003 self-titled debut as a frontman earned raves in the New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, and Rolling Stone.
Now John “JB” Bigham, aka The Soul of John Black, turns his prodigous talents to The Good Girl Blues, a “funky blend of blues, soul, and rock” that merges rootsy, bluesy fundamentals with modern soul, funk, and hip-hop influences.
From “The Hole,” a wailing 21st century re-imagination of a 100-year-old field holler, to the old-school, uptown soul vibe of “I Got Work”, to “Slipin’ and Slidin,’” an instrumental with a mysterious backbeat highlighted by DJ Phizz Ed on turntables, Bigham’s sly, intimate vocals and unique guitar technique on acoustic, electric and slide provide the unforgettable groove.
“All hail one of the new faces of soul… his fusion of soul and blues sounds new, even as it harkens back to the classic feel of past styles.” —Mix
“Smooth soul, swamp blues and hip-hop beats meld, the resulting sound at once sublime and raw, modern and somehow ancient, haunting and transcendent. The album is destined to cause a stir and likely to end up on many critics' best-of-the-year lists.” —Tuscon Weekly
“A testament to the strength of African American music and the undeniable influence of the blues... Bigham’s anguished wail will grab your gut and turn it inside out.” —Esquire
“This is hot Gospel sex moan music... one of the best records I've heard in a LONG time.” —Tastes Like Chicken