John Curley (musician)

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John Curley
Born (1965-03-15) March 15, 1965 (age 54)
Trenton, New Jersey
OriginCincinnati, Ohio
GenresAlternative rock
InstrumentsBass guitar
Years active1986–present
Associated actsThe Afghan Whigs

John Curley Jr. (born March 14, 1965 in Trenton, New Jersey)[1] is an American musician best known as the bassist for, and co-founder of, the Afghan Whigs.[2] When he co-founded the Afghan Whigs, Curley was working as a staff photographer for the Cincinnati Enquirer.[3] He also produced or engineered the Ass Ponys' first four albums, all of which were recorded at his recording studio, Ultrasuede Studios.[4][5] Ultrasuede Studios is located in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Camp Washington. As of 2016, Curley still works at Ultrasuede.[3][6]

Personal life[edit]

Curley and his wife, Michelle, have two children.[3] His father, John Curley, is the former CEO of Gannett Company.[7]


  1. ^ Thompson, Dave (2000). Alternative Rock. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 147. ISBN 9780879306076.
  2. ^ Diehl, Matt (18 February 2014). "Afghan Whigs Return on 'Do to the Beast' With New Lineup, No Rules". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Bentley, Anna (14 April 2014). "Afghan Whigs' bassist balances family, rock stardom". USA Today Network. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  4. ^ Baker, Brian (11 November 2015). "How Ass Were My Ponys". Cincinnati CityBeat. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  5. ^ Alden, Grant (30 June 1996). "Would the Ass Ponys, by any other name, smell as sweet?". No Depression. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  6. ^ Abney, Barb (21 October 2016). "Newly Discovered Music At Cincinnati's Ultrasuede". WNKU. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  7. ^ Winternitz, Felix (April 1992). "Observer's Notebook". Cincinnati Magazine. 25 (7): 14.