John Papa Gros

Album Goal

My main goal when writing and recording "River's On Fire" was to use as much of my musical background as I could in order to paint a more complete picture of who I am as a musician.

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Alive And Breathing

New Orleans is not a pop culture. We're an indigenous, Jazz, R&B, funk, roots culture. Our music, food and culture is alive and breathing today. And that's why people want to come to New Orleans, because they can't experience what we have in their own home town.

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Faith And Trust

At Jazz Fest I will play with five to ten different groups, each of which has 20 to 30 songs to prepare for. That's where it comes back to your training and having faith and trust in the musicians you are playing...

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The New Orleans Music Scene

I think the New Orleans music scene is in a better place than I have ever seen it in my life. The musicians coming up are THAT good and THAT focused.

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