John Mooney (musician)

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John Mooney
John Mooney at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 2004
Background information
Born (1955-04-03) April 3, 1955 (age 61)
East Orange, New Jersey, United States
Origin New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Genres Blues, Delta blues, R&B
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1979-present
Labels Blind Pig
House of Blues
Bullseye Blues
Live Music Lives

John Mooney (born April 3, 1955) is an American blues guitarist and singer based in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has developed a unique music style by combining Delta blues,[1] with the funky second line beat of New Orleans. As a guitarist, he is especially known for his slide guitar work.

Early life[edit]

John Mooney was born in East Orange, NJ and raised in Rochester, New York, United States, and he left home when he was 15. The following year, he met Son House, a Mississippi bluesman who became a huge musical influence on him.[2]

Musical career[edit]

In 1976, Mooney moved to New Orleans, and soon he was playing with host of musicians in the New Orleans R&B circuit including Earl King, The Meters, Snooks Eaglin and Professor Longhair.

He released his first album Comin' Your Way on Blind Pig Records in 1979. In 1981, he formed his own band Bluesiana with whom he has been recording and touring since. He has released albums from several different labels including Against the Wall on nationally distributed House of Blues label in the U.S., and also others from German labels CrossCut and Ruf. In 2000, he returned to Blind Pig to release Gone to Hell which featured Dr. John as a special guest. All I Want followed two years later on the label.

His latest release Big Ol' Fiya was nominated for Blues Music Awards' "Contemporary Blues Album of the Year" in 2006.

Family life[edit]

John Mooney has three children, Zachea, Sienna, and Devon Mooney. His eldest son, Zack, was once ranked third in the nation in Yu-Gi-Oh. Sienna, an aspiring photographer, is attending University of Central Florida, focusing on a major in Cinema Studies with a minor in French, and makes videos on YouTube.


  • 1979 Comin' Your Way (Blind Pig)
  • 1984 Telephone Blues (Powerhouse)
  • 1990 Late Last Night (Bullseye Blues)
  • 1991 Telephone King (Powerhouse)
  • 1992 Testimony (Domino)
  • 1993 Sideways In Paradise (with Jimmy Thackery) (Blind Pig)
  • 1995 Travelin' On (CrossCut)
  • 1995 Dealing with the Devil (Ruf)
  • 1996 Against the Wall (House of Blues)
  • 2000 Gone to Hell (Blind Pig)
  • 2002 All I Want (Blind Pig)
  • 2006 Big Ol' Fiya (Live Music Lives)
  • 2014 Son and Moon (Fatback Records)


  1. ^ Du Noyer, Paul (2003). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music (1st ed.). Fulham, London: Flame Tree Publishing. p. 181. ISBN 1-904041-96-5. 
  2. ^ Koda, Cub; Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Biography: John Mooney". Allmusic. Retrieved 31 July 2010. 

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