John Crampton was born in London. He is self taught on the
guitar and harmonica. He has played in many bands including Woody and the Splinters,
a hard hitting R 'n' B trio with John on vocals and lead guitar singing John's
own compositions. Next was a band called Daddy Yum Yum which played a mixture
of skiffle, gospel and blues. This band toured frequently and supported Ian
Dury and the Blockheads and also Wilco Johnson and the Solid Senders.
After Daddy Yum Yum came a band called Big Bamboo which was
an eight piece band including a brass section of trumpet, trombone and saxaphone.
This band played a combination of jazz and blues.
Since then John has been playing as a solo act creating a very
big and powerful sound of hard hitting and very danceable uptempo blues. John
plays slide or bottleneck style on a 1930's National steel guitar with harmonica
and thumping his foot on foot box to provide a driving rhythm. This style has
proved very popular with audiences in worldwide. John plays mostly his own songs.
His influences are Howlin' Wolf, Bukka White, John Lee Hooker and Ry Cooder.
Recently he has played played in Florida, Greece, Ireland,
Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Czech Republic, Poland, France and Slovakia.
John Crampton's albums:
"Live 'n' Stompin' VOL 2" (live in recording studio)
"Raven" (instrumentals only)
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