A native of Baltimore, John is proof that you don’t have to be from Chicago to have innate blues rhythm. “I grew up on the East Coast playing blues,” says Marx, “I remember the early ’60s…I was a folk singer but I was also into Leadbelly, Mississippi John Hurt, B.B. King, Nat [King] Cole…” Drums were his first instrument but he switched to guitar at age 14.
Upon completing his service in the Navy, John settled in San Diego, recorded an album for Decca with his band The Daddios, and then formed a new band called Nova, which fast became one of the hottest acts in San Diego. “We’d do blues and all the Afro-Cuban music.” After moving to L.A. in 1978, John took what might have been considered a 180-degree turn, joining Captain & Tennille, who were looking for a singing guitarist.
Over the years, John has played, toured or recorded with blues luminaries such as: Jimmy Witherspoon, Larry Davis, Earl King, Floyd Dixon, Albert Collins, Lowell Fulson and Lightning Hopkins and the late William Clarke. In fact, the recent CD and DVD of William Clarke live in Germany feature John on guitar and vocals! He also appears on over a dozen Jimmy Morello productions for JSP Records and on the CDs Wake Up & Worry and Live At Labatt by Mitch Kashmar for DeltaGroove Productions.
Rest assured, John’s 2002 CD …With A Feeling is 100% blues, in all its shades. “We play All-American music,” insists Marx. “It’s blues of course, but we also incorporate jazz, rhythm & blues and traditional rock ‘n ‘roll.” But don’t take our word for it! Jeff Calvin at Blues Revue Magazine gave the following high praise: “Singer/Guitarist John Marx mixes styles: swing, shuffle, funk and more on …With A Feeling. A distinctive soloist, Marx swaps licks with harmonica aces Tetsuya Nakamura and Michael Fell, backed by a terfific rhythm section. Much of the soloing boasts a jazz flavor. Everyone here are great players but Marx is phenomenal. His solos are beautifully composed. Highly recommended!”
So there you have it. Check out “With A Feeling” and see why John insists that blues is the cure-all medicine for what ails ya!
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