For over a decade, bassist John Inghram has been making a name for himself as one of the most sought after musicians in the Appalachian region and beyond. John has offered his talents to a wide range of well-known musical acts including jazz pianist Bob Thompson, bluegrass mandolinist Johnny Staats, jam bands Fletcher’s Grove and 600lbs. of Sin!, guitarist Ryan Kennedy, and more. John’s ability to play a variety of musical genres sets him apart from other artists; from jazz to bluegrass to funk and rock n roll, John’s versatility allows him to adapt to all styles with authority and ease. Conveniently based out of West Virginia’s capitol city of Charleston, West Virginia, John takes advantage of his central location to perform predominately throughout the east coast.
In addition to his long-term stints with the Bob Thompson Unit and Johnny Staats & the Delivery Boys, John has also backed artists such as Janis Ian, Vic Chesnutt, Landau Eugene Murphy (America’s Got Talent), Catherine Russell (Steely Dan), Kendra Foster (D’Angelo, George Clinton), Larry Coryell, Branford Marsalis (Sting, Grateful Dead), The Sea The Sea, Ron Sowell and many others. He has also performed several times on NPR’s Mountain Stage radio show featuring Larry Groce and this year will mark John’s ninth year playing for pianist Bob Thomspon’s “Joy to the World” Christmas jazz concert, which airs annually on NPR and Public Radio International. Look for John on Thompson’s latest release “Look beyond the Rain” out now on Blue Canoe Records.
As a sideman John’s resume speaks for itself, but it is his effort as a leader, composer, and producer that have earned him his most recent accolades. His debut record “Slugfest” was released in November of 2015 and features some of West Virginia’s best and most revered musicians. Throughout each of the album’s groove-heavy, bass-powered compositions, John’s skill as a soulful player and eclectic writer & producer is showcased. John and the Slugfest band continue to receive outstanding reviews, and the crowds continue to have a blast during their funky and high energy live shows.
John and the band have exciting things in the works for 2016. So, keep checking in and thanks for stopping by!