John Thomas Griffith

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John Thomas Griffith
John Thomas Griffith posing.jpg
Griffith in 2007
Background information
Born (1960-04-03) April 3, 1960 (age 57)
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".[1]

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.[2] 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.

Known by most music fans as "JTG" or "Griff", John Thomas Griffith was inducted into Buddy magazine's Texas Guitar Hall of Fame[3] in 1999, joining Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Eric Johnson, and others.

When not touring, he resides in Los Angeles, California, and scores motion picture soundtracks.


Griffith performing at the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in January 2009

Cowboy Mouth Studio albums[edit]

Cowboy Mouth live albums and EPs[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Red Rockers albums[edit]

Solo Albums[edit]

  • Son of an Engineer 1987
  • Lonesome Travelers 2000
  • Aluminum 2001
  • Lonesome Travelers – Chicago Live 2003
  • Apples and Onions 2005


  1. ^ Koster, Rick (2002); Louisiana Music; Da Capo Press, MA; ISBN 0-306-81003-4. See p.244.
  2. ^ Koster, Rick (2000); Texas Music; St. Martin's Press, NY; ISBN 0-312-25425-3. See p.151.
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