John Papa Gros

An Amalgamation

What I call New Orleans music is an amalgamation. We always use the reference of a gumbo. Our music is like a pot of gumbo, where all of these different ingredients are thrown into the pot and what comes out is as unique as the cook stirring the pot. I play New...

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Rick Wakeman’s Influence

Another big early Hammond organ influence on me was Rick Wakeman with Yes. I really liked "Roundabout" when it hit the radio. I loved it on the live record “Yessongs.” His work on the studio records was incredible but hearing him perform it in a live setting blew me...

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The Exciting Part Of Music

You play a song one day. Then you go to the next town, set up your stuff, and play the same song. But for whatever reason you started it faster tonight and it has a different kind of energy to it. Or you started it slower and all of a sudden it just changed the whole...

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A Thrill

It’s a thrill just to be able to play great music with great friends, and having solid friendships is really what makes the music even better.

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The Central Force In My Music

New Orleans as a city and a culture is the central force in my music. It is the sound that shaped my childhood memories of family celebrations. I have been hearing the sounds and rhythms of Fats Domino, Dr. John and the Meters since I was a young boy. So when I began...

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My Musical DNA

I grew up in the 70s and the 80s, so I consumed everything from Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, ZZ Top, Yes, Journey, Peter Gabriel, Ohio Players, Sly and the Family Stone… all of that thrown in with Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Huey Piano Smith, Allen Toussaint, Dr....

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Live Performances

You have to accept the inconsistencies of live performances. One night you play a song fast, another night it might be slow. Embrace the moment and make sure, no matter what, the song feels good.

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Music Is Alive

Music is alive and it's breathing. Our heartbeats and breathing patterns are in constant change, whether you are relaxed, anxious, sleeping, etc. There are so many different factors in every day. And to share that with three or four other guys – however many you have...

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When Ideas Come To Fruition

That's my favorite part about working on a record: Getting an idea, when you're coming out of the shower, singing this ditty in your head, and then turning it into a full-blown song that someone else might enjoy and become a part of their...

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