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Soul of John Black ready to make festival-goers dance
Written by By DAVID DUPONT/Festival Program Editor   
Monday, 23 August 2010 13:10
When John Bigham put together his CD “The Soul of John Black,” he did it with an ear to taking it to the stage.
“That record was built to play live,” Bigham said in a recent telephone interview.
And not just for folks sitting around listening, but people who want to get to their feet and dance.
“It’s just a lot of jam music that we can stretch out for days,” Bigham said.
The Los Angeles-based musician will bring Soul of John Black to the Black Swamp Arts Festival’s Main Stage Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. with a show on the acoustic stage at 2 p.m.
That’s not to say Bigham as a musician is locked into any particular groove. The Soul of John Black emerged from his playing blues clubs where dancing is a priority. He’s also played with the rock-funk-ska band Fishbone for eight years and worked in the studio with Dr. Dre, Eminem and Everlast.  His previous effort was a more pared down blues effort that was nominated  for Best New Artist Debut from the Blues Music Awards. Other efforts have incorporated elements of hip-hop and jazz, and on the project he’s putting together now, there’s a strong influence from electronica. “That’s what will make it different.”
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