R.I.P. Tom Petty

R.I.P. Tom Petty

“Oh, my my, oh, hell yes Honey, put on that party dress Buy me a drink, sing me a song Take me as I come ’cause I can’t stay long” When I was thirteen, I saved my money, rode my bike to the record store and bought Tom Petty’s Damn the Torpedoes...
Papa joins Little Feat in Jamaica

Papa joins Little Feat in Jamaica

Dreams do come true! Bill Payne, Little Feat’s legendary keyboardist, called me and asked me if I would fill in for him with Little Feat for a week long event in January.  He was contractual obligated to play with The Doobie Brothers that same week and was...
Do Facebook Stats Mean Anything?

Do Facebook Stats Mean Anything?

I was asked if facebook/social media stats measured progress and/or success. here’s my answer…. my thought on measuring stats/content is this.  Do people show up at my shows?  that is the bottom line. when papa grows funk was playing every monday night, my...
Words to Live By

Words to Live By

“It is the hardest of roads and the steepest of climbs but the reward of accomplishment will rise to the top and last forever.” This was a comment I made on a friend’s Facebook post challenging other musician’s to be creative and to quit...
Gumbo

Gumbo

“New Orleans music is like a pot of gumbo, where all of these different ingredients are thrown into the pot and what comes out is a s unique as the cook stirring the it. I play New Orleans music.” this is a common analogy to describe New Orleans music....
A nice quote…

A nice quote…

It’s nice to be recognized for the hard work that gets put in year, after year, after year. John “Papa” Gros is a bedrock New Orleans artist, a keyboardist, singer and songwriter who draws on funk, rhythm & blues and Americana songcraft; he also knows his...