John Thomas Griffith
|John Thomas Griffith|
Griffith in 2007
April 3, 1960 |
Lubbock, Texas, U.S
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, record producer|
|Instruments||Guitar, keyboards, vocals|
|Associated acts||Cowboy Mouth; Red Rockers|
John Thomas Griffith (born April 3, 1960) is an American singer-songwriter best known as a guitarist and vocalist for the band Cowboy Mouth. John Thomas Griffith first established himself on the American music scene in the early 1980s as lead singer and guitarist for the Red Rockers, co-writing their 1983 MTV hit "China".
Griffith was born in Lubbock, Texas, and raised in Houston, but it was in Louisiana, while attending LSU in Baton Rouge, that he began his professional musical career. Finding a base in New Orleans, Griffith and friends started the early punk rock band Red Rockers. After a short but successful career highlighted by the "China" single and its album Good As Gold (1983), Red Rockers disbanded in early 1985.
Griffith formed Cowboy Mouth in 1990, and the band continues to tour with over a dozen full-length albums in its repertoire. Griffith released his first solo CD, Son of an Engineer, in 2000 on Laughing Gravy Music.
When not touring, he resides in Los Angeles, California, and scores motion picture soundtracks.
Cowboy Mouth Studio albums
- Word of Mouth · 1992
- It Means Escape · 1994
- Are You with Me? · 1996
- Word of Mouth (Remix!) · 1996
- Mercyland · 1998
- Easy · 2000
- Uh-Oh · 2003
- Voodoo Shoppe · 2006
- Fearless . 2008
- This Train . 2011
- Go . 2014
Cowboy Mouth live albums and EPs
- Mouthin' Off (Live & More) · 1993
- Mouthin' Off (Live & More) (Remastered) · 1997
- Cowboy Mouth LIVE! (limited edition 5-song EP issued with Mercyland) · 1998
- Live in the X Lounge "Jenny Says" · 1998
- All You Need Is Live · 2000
- Live in the X Lounge "Easy" · 2000 & 2001
- Uh Oh (5-song Preview EP) · 2003
- Live at the Zoo · 2004
- Mardi Gras • 2010
Cowboy Mouth live DVD
Red Rockers albums
- Son of an Engineer 1987
- Lonesome Travelers 2000
- Aluminum 2001
- Lonesome Travelers – Chicago Live 2003
- Apples and Onions 2005
- Koster, Rick (2002); Louisiana Music; Da Capo Press, MA; ISBN 0-306-81003-4. See p.244.
- Koster, Rick (2000); Texas Music; St. Martin's Press, NY; ISBN 0-312-25425-3. See p.151.