John Papa Gros

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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The Long Haul

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 there eventually.

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The City Saved My Soul

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. Louis Armstrong changed the world with his trumpet and...

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The Ultimate Music Experience

Being there in person is the ultimate music experience. It doesn't matter whether it's classical, jazz, punk, rock, rap… it just doesn't matter. You really get to feel and hear what the artist is trying to convey. And from the stage, the artist can really feel and...

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Enjoying It

I don't know how long all of this is going to last, but I sure am going to enjoy it.

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Lost In The Moment

The older I get, the easier it is to get lost in the moment during a show. By opening yourself to it, you invite your band mates and the audience to join in. They leave a lasting emotional impact. It’s another reason why people come back for...

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New Orleans Music Is Always Relevant

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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Each Song Has What It Needs

When we were recording "River's On Fire", I wasn't worried how we would play the songs live. I just wanted to make sure each song had everything it needed and then we would figure out how to perform it live later.

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