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JOHN HENRY'S and the MISSISSIPPI KINGS:Friday, July 4th. Pepper Jack's


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PJC presents







Friday, July 4th

@ Pepper Jack's--10pm--$6





"If Gram Parsons, Neil Young, The Band and Otis Redding had an orgy... You might get something like this." - CHART MAGAZINE

"cosmic country-rock sounds of Gram Parsons-era Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers down to a science. Sweet little bits of heartache underneath pedal steel and raucous barroom sing-alongs… what's not to love?" – ITUNES CANADA

"The John Henrys' Sweet as the Grain is a rootsy masterpiece." - Allan Wigney – OTTAWA SUN

"A twangy twist feel good vibe." Tim Perlich – NOW MAGAZINE

Although four band members contribute to the songwriting – songs that are rich in storytelling tradition, it is the band's unmistakable musicianship that reveals THE JOHN HENRYS are not as traditional as the legendary character of their namesake.

The John Henry of popular folklore, and immortalized in dozens of traditional songs, was a giant of a man who labored laying railway tracks and digging tunnels. He challenged the first steam powered drilling machine to a race to determine what was stronger – man or machine.

"We picked The John Henrys for our name because the story has so many undertones that we can relate to", says vocalist/ guitarist Rey Sabatin Jr, whose multicultural heritage, and equally varied influences, are reflected in the band's song driven influenced and precise musical arrangements. Rey, along with Steve Tatone (keyboards) Doug Gouthro (Guitar) Daryl Quinlan (Bass), and Geoff Ward (Drums) have been creating music and working together since 2003, writing, arranging and rehearsing so many songs that they have trouble deciding what to play in a live set.

Their self-titled debut album, released locally in their Ottawa, Ontario, hometown in 2004 went all the way to 1 on the influential college radio station CKCU, and was featured extensively on CBC radio, who asked the band to perform on their nationally broadcast "Definitely Not The Opera" program. Over the next few years while all holding down full time day jobs, the band performed selectively - more concerned with writing songs than being road warriors - accepting invitations to perform with in-the-know artists like The Sadies, Cuff the Duke, The Golden Dogs, Elliot Brood, and Femme-bots.

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