John Papa Gros

Exploring The New Songs

It's fun exploring these new songs live. They have to live and breathe every time. We can't just play them by rote. The search to find new ways to make them fresh each and every night is a reward in itself.

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An Honor And A Responsibility

Being a native New Orleanian has been an honor and a responsibility, especially as a musician. As a child, I grew up in Baton Rouge, 80 miles upriver from New Orleans. I was lucky enough to have New Orleans as a second home, because my Mom would bring me to stay at my...

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About the song “Why’d Ya Do It?”

One of my favorite performers is Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals. I spent a week playing in Jamaica and came home singing a reggae bass melody for a week. I figured I better make a song out of it before I forgot it. So I did. “Why’d Ya Do It?” on the album...

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Contributors

It is a lot of fun playing my music with guys who are into what I'm doing. They want to contribute to it. They want to be a part of it. They're not just doing it to punch a clock.  

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Touring

I’m doing the best I can to play as many cities as financially possible. The struggle is real. The good news is, I’m in it for the long haul. Which means, I’ll get eventually there.  

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New Orleans Music

This is what's important about New Orleans music: It's always important. It's always relevant. No matter what age group. Today's kids are still going to Mardi Gras parades and hearing second line rhythms and songs like “Hey Pocky Way” in the streets. It is a part of...

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A Purpose

How has New Orleans music saved my soul? It's given me a purpose. There's such a tradition of New Orleans music. I'm just carrying on and trying to uphold this legendary, historic tradition that changed the world.  

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