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Great Book of John

Great Book of John

The Great Book of John is a Birmingham, Alabama original who has been firmly rooted in their city’s scene and the music community at large for many years now. Their music is eminently lyrical – recalling Jeff Buckley’s psychedelic soul, Leonard Cohen’s poetic (and lacerating) wordplay, and fiery fretwork influenced as much by Stevie Ray Vaughn and David Gilmour as it is by Radiohead. Those may seem like big names to drop, but this is big music – emotional, filmic, but never pandering.
Led by Taylor Shaw, from whom the songs almost ceaselessly flow, The Great Book of John is very much a band – and a formidable one at that. Independently involved in music since their childhoods they have also worked together on projects in the past (including Birmingham’s late great Wild Sweet Orange). With vocalist Bekah Fox, bassist Alex Mitchell, and drummer Chip Kilpatrick they can conjure the sublime in any setting – with or without electricity. The band’s debut album, Yves’ Blues, was a largely acoustic affair recorded in one long session. Their second full length, The Great Book of John, was a deeply-layered production brimming with amplified crunch and a thick, somnambulant atmosphere, provided in part by…

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