Winner of OffBeat Magazine’s Best of the Beat Award for Best Piano/Keyboardist

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“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 way around the Mardi Gras music repertoire about as well as anyone.” – Keith Spera The New Orleans Advocate

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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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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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