Pappy Johns Band

Pappy Johns Band


The Pappy Johns Band play original blues that comes from a deep and soulful place... deep within their roots as Native men...Men who have lived and breathed the blues all their lives on the Six Nations Reservation in Ontario, Canada.


THE PAPPY JOHNS BAND are long time friends and brothers of the blues. The core players of THE PAPPY JOHNS BAND, Oren Doxtator and Don Powless , have been playing together for 25 years. Their two previous award winning CD's titled "Blame it on Monday" and "Full Circle" were recorded with Faron Johns and Murray Porter. Currently, they have added the services of an outstanding young guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Josh Miller. The band has also been blessed with the addition of well- known keyboardist and songwriter John Lee.

THE PAPPY JOHNS BAND are 2005 JUNO Award nominees for Aboriginal Recording of the Year. The band has won 2 Best Blues Album at the 2004 and 2009 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. They were also nominated for a 2005 and 2009 Indian Summer Music Award for Best Blues, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as well as Best Blues at 2009 Native American Music Award and 2009 Niagara Music Awards.

For the first time in their career, The Pappy Johns Band, performed in Europe. They performed at Blues sur Seine, a blues festival in Mantes la Jolie, France in November 2005, to an extremely enthusiastic response!

In Canada, they can be seen on REZ BLUEZ TV on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network ( and BRAVO Canada and in the U.S on Sunshine Network, which starting airing in Dec. 2005 and is currently in re-run on the same networks. Josh Miller was part of the posse of hosts and writers for this series. The Pappy Johns Band are in Show 1, and are seen performing at the 2003 Chicago Blues Festival.

The band also completed taping of Season 2 of Rez Blues currently airing on APTN. Rez Bluez 2 was shot in HIGH DEFINITION and 5.1 SURROUND SOUND. Pappy Johns bass player Don Powless and drummer Oren Doxtator also provided the rhythm section for Billy Joe Green and the Blues Hounds for segments on the show. Drummer Oren Doxtator provided back up for Wes Mackey as he did in Season 1 of Rez Bluez. WATCH FOR IT !!!

The band has also won four (4) awards at the 2002 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards: for Best Male Artist (Faron Johns); Best Group/Duo; Best Producer/Engineer (Alec Fraser & Band); Best Song & Songwriter for Blame It On Monday (Faron Johns).

The band has played such prestigious festivals as the 20th Annual Chicago Blues Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, and the Grand Opening of the Smithsonian Institution’s `National Museum of the American Indian’, on the Four Directions Stage (mainstage) for the closing concert.

DON POWLESS: Bass player, Mohawk, is originally from the Six Nations Reserve and currently resides in Fort Erie, Ontario. He has played in blues bands in Canada and the United States that include Bar Road Band, The Roadhouse Band, Painted Pony and most recently, the Pappy Johns Band.

OREN DOXTATOR: On drums, Oren, originally from Oneida Settlement, near London, Ontario, grew up in Buffalo, New York and currently resides in Fort Erie, Ontario. Don Powless and Oren, who are brothers-in-law, have formed a solid rhythm section for over 25 years.

JOSH MILLER: Also Mohawk from Six Nations, Josh plays guitar and vocals. Josh began his career at an early age, when he toured with Murray across Canada while still a teenager. Now a seasoned veteran of the blues scene, fronting his own bands, The Soul Kings, and Three Wheel Drive, Josh has performed across Canada and the U.S. His addition to the band is a mixture of youth and savvy.

JOHN LEE: Keyboards, born in Montreal, John currently resides in Kitchener, Ontario. John has played keyboard with some of the best blues bands across Canada and the U.S, some of which are Mel Brown & the Homewreckers, Matt Minglewood, Dutch Mason, Cheryl Lescomb, Charity Brown, Snooky Pryor. John has co-written and co-produced with too many artists to mention all.

Performance Highlights:
- Grand Opening of Four Winds Casino Resort in Michigan
- Opened for Jeff Healey, Jackhammers, Brantford
- Kiwannis Club "5 Bands for Kids", Brantford
- Opened for Jeff Healey, Little Big Horn,Cambridge
- `Blues-sur-Seine' Festival, Mantes la Jolie, France, November 17-20, 2005
- Rez Bluez Showcases in London, Ontario; Ottawa and Toronto in 2005
- Native Canadian Arts Festival, Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 2005
- `FestiBlues', Montreal, Quebec August, 2005
- Aboriginal Day Celebration Concert, Ottawa, Ontario June 21, 2005
- JUNO Aboriginal Honouring Celebration & JUNOFest, Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, April 2005
- Second Canadian band ever to perform at the 20th Annual Chicago Blues Festival, 2003
-Grand Opening of the Smithsonian Institution’s `National Museum of the American Indian’, Four Directions Stage (Mainstage), Washington, D.C.; September, 2004
- National Aboriginal Day, Ottawa, July 2005
- 25th Montréal International Jazz Festival, Labatt Bleu Stage (Mainstage), July 2004
- National Museum of the American Indian, Manhattan/NYC; August 2004
- Planet In


- "Havin a Good Time Now"2008
-"Kitchener Blues Festival Compliation 2008
- "Got Mojo" Grand River Blues Society Compilation 2007
- "Selected Tracks" 2006
- "Dig Your Roots Aboriginal" Compilation 2006
- "Blues sur Seine" compilation, France, July 2005 -
- “Toronto Blues Society 20th Anniversary
compilation 2005” TBS, May 2005
- “Full Circle” Independent, November 2003
- “Blame It On Monday” Independent, 2002
- “Skin Tight Blues” A First Peoples Blues
Compilation Sweet Grass Records/EMI Music

Set List

60-90 minute sets:
-Songs from `Full Circle', `Blame It On Monday' , Havin a Good Time Now, all original songs with a few cover tunes as requested