John Alexander (UK)
Rain For Sale
© John Alexander 2009
”Sounds so scintillating at times you could be forgiven for losing yourself completely.” Maverick **** (4stars)
John Alexander is an acoustic guitarist, singer songwriter based in Glasgow, Scotland. His performances combine strong songwriting, complimented with riff driven guitar work and rich vocals creating a fine blend of folk blues and country music.
Influenced by the likes of Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, John Martyn and Kelly Joe Phelps, prepare to be transported from the timeless beauty of his native landscapes to the heart felt blues of the Deep South..
John Alexander started out as a classical guitarist before his love of blues and country music got the better of him. Alexander’s musical journey has seen him disappearing for several years from the Northern Hemisphere to the sunnier climate of New Zealand. Basing himself in Christchurch in the South Island John followed various musical pursuits in the local music scene. These circles lead to John gaining vast live experience where he performed at what seemed like every bar, barn and outhouse in The South Island. After recording his debut Album ‘Waiting for Now’ with local artists, John upped roots and returned to his hometown of Glasgow.
Life in his native country as well as experiences of living in New Zealand and travel throughout the USA form much of the inspiration behind his songs.
Influences ranging from the likes of Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, John Martyn, to Kelly Joe Phelps, Greg Brown and The John Butler Trio, are evident in the soulful lyrics and strong guitar riffs in his songs.
Alexander’s performing schedule has seen him open for Newton Faulkner, Karine Polwart, Martin Simpson & Johnny Dickinson and several US based songwriters including Grammy nominee Darrell Scott as well as appearances at Celtic Connections.
'Roots blues played with passion' Americana UK
'Robert Johnson by way of Mark Knopfler'..'Just how the blues should be' Sunday Herald
"Alexander puts his virtuoso skills on slide and acoustic
guitar to fine use on this collection of tunes that will
create a righteous dustbowl around your stereo" Guitar & Bass Magazine
‘a terrific voice’... 'a huge talent' Frank Henessy BBC Radio Wales
“absolutely stunning” Cherie Mcllwhinnie BBC Radio Ulster
“..to focus on a song and to relate words, music and identity. John
Alexander does this with some ease”-IAIN ANDERSON BBC Radio Scotland
“say a prayer of thanks that there are still musicians like John Alexander around to remind us of the unstoppable power of real music”
“gritty yet mellow country/blues music acoustic songwriting a la John Martyn”
Is This Music?
“..... the product of considerable talent and surefooted craftsmanship. Packed with wonderfully-realised imagery, the well-honed lyrics sustain a compelling narrative flow that’s expertly complemented by the music”