John Black

John Black

 Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

John Black sings, plays guitar and harmonica and sometimes astounds audiences by doing all in the same song. He has been accused of playing Folk, Blues, Celtic, World and Rock music with grace and style which he has neither confirmed nor denied. His music has been selected for these compilation CDs “Minnesota Homegrown” a collection of Minnesota’s best singer/songwriters “The Last Bar” a collection of Minnesota’s best Celtic musicians “Strings Along the North Shore” a collection of some of t

Biography

Now a resident of Santa Fe I am currently working on several new songs and instrumentals. Last year I added harmonica to my live and recorded act by using a rack. And it's not just for blues. I have found that several originals and covers sound great this way. I also play mandolin and bass.

Growing up in Philadelphia I was of course interested in rock and r&b. But in my late teens I became very interested in folk and traditional music as well as jazz. There was a thriving scene on the U of Pennsylvania campus including the Cherry Tree Folk Club and the Fox Hole Jazz Club. After learning with friends and private instructors for a few years I enrolled in the music program at Naropa University in Boulder Co. It was a very diverse and international program including studying with guitar great Ralph Towner.

I then spent the next ten years playing bass in afro-carribean and funk rock bands mostly in the S.F. Bay area as well as national tours. During that time I kept up with singer/songwriter and acoustic guitar instrumental work as well. After moving to Minneapolis in the '90's I went solo producing one singer/songwriter album and two instrumental albums and toured the Midwest and the east coast.

I moved to Lanesboro in 2000 and became involved with the Commonweal Theatre, The Lanesboro Art Council and performing regionally for the most part. Currently I am recording new material, exploring a relationship with New Folk Records and touring more extensively.

Lyrics

O Mistress Mine

Written By: John Black, William Shakespear

O mistress mine, where are you roaming.
Stay and hear, your true love's coming.
Who can sing, both high and low.
Trip no further pretty sweeting.
Journeys end at lovers meeting.
Every wise mans son does know.
Every wise mans son does know.

What is love? It's not hereafter.
Present mirth, has present laughter.
What's to come is still unsure.
In delay there lies no plenty.
So come and kiss me, sweet and twenty.
Youth is stuff will not endure.
Youth is stuff will not endure.

100 Year Flood

Written By: John Black

What were the chances I'd run into you.
At the victims relief barbeque.
But then it's just like something you would do.
So I guess I should have known.
Bagging sand down in the parking lot.
To people hear you know that means a lot.
It's not as if we thought that you forgot.
It's just a hell of a way to get you home.

Chorus:
And now we've got you here, and you've dried away our tears.
We hope you come back soon.
You know they say this happens, every hundred years.

Seemed like it never would stop coming down.
It went around the bridge and into town.
It's a wonder there weren't more folks drowned.
I wish that there'd been none at all.
Remember Nicky's little brother Lance.
The little fella' never had a chance.
The day they put him in that ambulance.
A day this town won't soon forget.

You must have heard about me and Lou.
We had a good run but what can you do?
I admit I don't know what's up with you.
But I heard that you have come alone.
What ever made you think that I'd forget.
I've changed a little but not that much yet.
And now I have a chance to not regret.
All the things I never said to you.

Chorus:
And now I've got you here, and you've dried away my tears.
Ihope you come back soon.
You know they say this happens, every hundred years.

Walk me over to the old canal.
Come on and hold me closer now.
It's been a long time but we still know how.
My God but your a sight for my sore ey

The Minnesota Blues

Written By: Glen Bowen Lyrics, John Black Music. from the play "Catfish Bones"

I WENT BACK TO THE CITY, IN MY WORN OUT SHOES
OUT ON THE MAIN STREET, WHERE PEOPLE WALK IN TWOS
I WAS JUST A LOOKING, COULDN‘T WIN OR LOSE
=CUZ I WAS ALONE WITH THE MINNESOTA BLUES.
WITH SO MANY CHOICES, YOU KIND OF HATE TO CHOOSE
I COULD SAY I HAVE MY REASONS, BUT IT MIGHT BE A RUSE
=CUZ I CAN‘T SHAKE THIS FEELING THAT I CAN‘T WIN OR LOSE
WHEN I AM ALONE WITH THE MINNESOTA BLUES
YEH, BACK IN THAT OL‘ CITY, BACK WHERE I PAID MY DUES,
BLOWING THROUGH THE ALLEY, LIKE YESTERDAYS‘ NEWS,
NEVER COMING BACK HERE, WHETHER I WIN OR LOSE,
COULDN‘T STAND TO BE ALONE WITH THE MINNESOTA BLUES

Discography

Streets and Rivers
Acoustic Guitar Instrumentals
O Tannenbaum

Compilations
Strings Across the Northshore
The Last Bar
Minnesota Homegrown

Download EP
Root River Confluence

Set List

Partial List of Cover Songs

Country Road, James Taylor
Windows are Rolled Down, Amos Lee
Let it Be Me, Ray Lafontagne
You Ain't Goin' Nowhere, Bob Dylan
Sugaree, Grateful Dead
Lovers in Dangerous Time, Bruce Cockborn
New Coat of Paint, Tom Waits
Babylon, David Gray
Something About What Happens, Lucinda Williams
Driving Sideways, Aimee Mann
Kind Hearted Woman, Robert Johnson
Special Rider, Skip James
Down by the River, Decemberists
Been Around the World, Cracker
Just Like Heaven, The Cure
Ghost in You, Psychedelic Furs
Blue, Jayhawks
What's So Funny Elvis Costello
Harvest Moon, Neil Young
More Than I can Do, Steve Earle
Favorite Mistake, Sheryl Crow
First Glimmer of Light, Paul Westerberg
Be Here Now, Mason Jennings
Hickory Wind, Graham Parsons
Pancho and Lefty Townes Van Zant
Reckless Kind, Richard Thompson
When You Were Mine, Prince
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