Mississippi John Doude

Mississippi John Doude


Mississippi John Doude's Voodoo Panther - - - Drum thumpin, Guitar pickin, Harp howlin, Storytellin, Jubilee! - "Outlaw country meets juke-joint trance"



Mississippi John Doude is blues, rock, folk and country all rolled into one, yet none of these would quite describe his unique style. With a sound that’s as swampy as snake oil, and as gritty as the cloud of dust on a dry dirt road, MJD’s sweaty blues riffs pull you in like quicksand, while his driving beats hypnotize like tribal war drums, creating a juke joint trance that’s infectiously nasty. From barn-burning country bluegrass to delta blues, MJD’s stripped down roots music takes you back to where American music began.

At shows, people invariably stomp their feet, clap, whoop and holler a lot. They just can’t seem to help it. The steady throb of the kick drum is infectious, and the swampy sound of an old dobro and finger-picked guitar just gets people excited. Currently touring as “Mississippi John Doude’s Voodoo Panther”, with Ernesto Gomez on bass, MJD is taking the Southeastern circuit by storm.

MJD is first and foremost, a songwriter, spinning yarns of tragedy and murder, of love lost and hope found, and of the desperation born of hard times. Representing the traditional music of poor Southerners, MJD’s songs conjure images of abandoned shacks overrun with kudzu, old-time tent revivals, and run-down fish houses. Blending musical styles of groups who rarely interact, MJD’s music celebrates the common elements of all humanity, while crucifying the perceptions that drive us apart. At times, lighthearted and at others, serious, MJD’s music is undeniably genuine. “…at some point in my development , I quit trying to be anything in particular, and just let whatever comes naturally, happen.” says John, “Truly inspired music flows through you, not from you.”

Growing up in Mississippi exposed John to a unique blend of music and culture, which is reflected in his songs. From church, where his parents led the singing every time the doors were open, to the juke joints he would slip off to on the weekends, music was always his therapy, his escape. “I was actually forbidden from listening to blues, rock, and country by my family. That’s probably why I love them so much.”

Following his debut solo release in 2007, on Blues Mutation Records, MJD has been touring the southeast, gathering momentum as his “anti-band” approach earns him the respect of seasoned musicians and party-goers alike. With full digital distribution, placement in local record outlets, growing radio support on SE college radio stations, under blues, and Americana programs, and increasing satellite radio exposure, MJD continues to build a fan base across the SE, and beyond. The sophomore release, “Voodoo Panther” is due to be released in February, 2009, with a full tour and promotional support pending.

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Smattering 2004
Mississippi John Doude 2007
Voodoo Panther 2009

Set List

We can play up to 3 hours, but my legs get real tired. We prefer to play no longer than 2 hours.

Originals: (We have lots more songs than this...)

One fine day
Power of Rock & Roll
I will not back down
Hangman’s Rope
One Day
Cornbread time
Let it go
People get ready
Walls of Jericho
You took it all
Rollin like a freight train
Santa Maria
MS blues
Drunk budda
Leaving home
Lay my burdens down
Mean old rodney
Racecar motorcycle
Voodoo Panther
Cotton Pickin Blues
You don't know
king of the wolves
Hill Funk
Southern dues
Covers: (I prefer not to play too many covers)

Down & out
Ramblin Fever
Thanks a lot
Sunny side of the mountain
Your cheatin heart
Country death song
Live forever
Your cheatin heart
Georgia on a fast train
Poor man’s house
Beauty of grey
Heart of Saturday night
Murder in the red barn
Long black veil

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