John Mooney (#1012)

Traditional Delta blues on the slide guitar.

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Slide guitarist John Mooney, who has performed his Delta blues throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia, and Japan, has played with Junior Wells, Champion Jack Dupree, and Jimmy McCracklin. His 1998 release Dealing with the Devil was nominated for a Handy Award in the Best Acoustic Blues category.

Mooney grew up in upstate New York and listened to the radio often during his youth. “Late at night, I’d fish around the radio, and I’d pick up these live shows from Knoxville, Tennessee,” he recalls. “They’d be playing the blues, and it seemed more real than anything else on the radio.”

Mooney started playing guitar by age 10 and by 12 was performing with friends at church gatherings, coffee houses, and barn dances. At 14, he was performing at large outdoor concerts.