Mississippi John Doude
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Mississippi John Doude

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"MJD is an energetic blend of Hank Williams Jr. and Tom Waits with a mean slide guitar."
- Bryan Ghiloni, Gallery RFD, Swainsboro, GA
- Gallery RFD


"...solo act Mississippi John Doude whips up a soup of working-class rock, dusty blues and hillbilly folk." - Flagpole, Athens, GA

- flagpole

"Rockabilly bluesman"

Mississippi John Doude is a rockabilly bluesman with an old-time sound drawn from greats like Son House and Muddy Waters. He plays guitar and harmonica while keeping the beat with a hi hat and bass drum. His new record is titled “Voodoo Panther,” a name as swampy and rural as the music it contains.

Throughout his tunes Doude employs a raspy, slippery slide guitar style that is more Elmore James than Dwayne Allman. Everything about the tunes on “Voodoo Panther” smacks of traditional roots music, but there is a connection with the California sound of artists like Tom Waits and Lowell George.

The sparse quality of Doude’s rhythmic approach gives his songs a raw, haunting sound that evoke the rural south. “Cornbread Time” shows a lighter side of Mississippi John, with lyrics about the joys of a particular southern food.

The song “Social Inequality Blues” is a fuzzed out, raunchy, politically charged track with a cadence like “Hoochie Coochie Man,” while “Cotton Picking Blues” has an Eric Burdon vibe to it, and a slow, sinister beat.

Mississippi John Doude is a do it yourself musician with a sound that goes well beyond being a gimmick. He manages to capture the essence of the downtrodden delta blues sound while avoiding pure imitation. The best way to preserve music is to replicate the attitude and feeling of music rather than the actual notes, and in that Doude has succeeded.
- The Corner News, Auburn, AL

"Fuzzed out country blues"

Fuzzed-out, country-blues guitar picking sheds light on dark, forgotten places: Mississippi John Doude intones lyrics like a mystic casting a trance with earthy and immortal Southern sounds of gnarled trees, Spanish moss, and trails overrun with underbrush. Guitar in hand, he pounds out a hearbeat on kick drum and hi hat... ...But just as readily as Doude explores the broken and dilapidated machine that is the world, he sees the beautifully crafted cog that still shines, and offters: "There's plenty for all at cornbread time." - The Independant Weekly, Raleigh, NC

"blues machine"

The one-man blues machine digs deep into the swampy, gritty origins of Americana and unearths a raw Southern sound that'll get voices hollerin' and feet stompin'. - The Flagpole, Athens, GA

"Homemade and proud"

Mississippi John Doude is a one-man powerhouse, playing almost all of the instruments on this album, a great testament to what is being known as Americana. All of the songs here are very personal, feeling like pages from Doude's private diary, and whether he plays an acoustic guitar, a slide, a dobro, or drums, he knows how to do all of it with precision. His stories are bold and he sings them in a manner which feels as if he is singing to you, or perhaps making the listener feel as if they are singing his words, which in turn may become yours. In songs such as "Cornbread Time", "Hangman's Rope", and "Rollin' Like A Freight Train", his voice has a lot of conviction and even when his vocal approach is by-the-book, or it sounds as if he's trying to catch up with a chord change, you hold on and hang on because you know he is a storyteller, and one who deserves to be heard and acknowledged. There's rock, blues, country, folk, and even a bit of worldly flavor. When he has a story to tell, he does so with passion. When he sits down on the patio to jam as the rain falls, he does this too, as he does with J. Adams on djembe in "Drunk Buddha", or as he does in "Katrina", he lays on a bluesy electric guitar solo where you can feel a bit of the sorrow and hurt that is expressed in his playing. The CD cover has him just playing an acoustic guitar and the drums (which he often plays at the same time, one-man band style), but his music is not as simple as the cover suggests. Homemade and proud! - Reviewer: John Book, Music For America


Smattering 2004
Mississippi John Doude 2007
Voodoo Panther 2009




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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THE REAL DEAL! ---> Check out the video on my myspace page for a recent live recording in my garage!!!