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#WhyListen with hosts of NPR’s Mountain Stage & WVPB’s A Change of Tune

Thursday February 4th, 2016 I will be sitting on a panel with Joni Deutsch (Host of West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s A Change of Tune) and Larry Groce (Host/Artistic Director of NPR’s Mountain Stage).

#WhyListen is a “first listen party” where attendees will get a glimpse of new music from both regional and national stages. The attendees will vote and we will have conversation. Maybe even have some beer. Yea, I think we will have some beer. Then more conversation.. Maybe even beer and conversation simultaneously.  Don’t worry we will all be very careful.

Check the link for more info. The event is happening at Black Sheep Burritos in Charleston, WV. Although is currently at capacity, if you’d like to be on the waiting list please visit the #whylisten event page on Facebook or the actual website link above.

Also, new shows are coming in left and right. So, keep checking the “Schedule” page to stay in the loop!

Until next time..

J


When the Bob Thompson Unit was on Mountain Stage..

Back in the July of 2010 the Bob Thompson Unit performed on NPR’s Mountain Stage radio show. We did a few tunes from our record “Smile” which had just come out a month prior to the show. The set opened with a song that Bob and I wrote together called “Feel The Heat”.  Here is a link to the archived performance. It also features a beautiful tune that saxophonist Doug Payne and Bob also collaborated on called “First Born”.

Hope you enjoy!

John


Thanks Dave! (Gazette Daily Mail)

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photo by Josh Saul

Dave Mistich is a Gazette Daily Mail writer and digital editor/coordinator for West Virginia Public Broadcasting. He wrote this article just prior to the cd release. Thanks for the kind words Dave!

 


Hitting the ground running..

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Hello and welcome to my brand new site! Thanks for stopping by. I am going to be posting in here as much as possible to keep everybody up to date on all things SlugfestBob ThompsonJohnny Staats, and everything else.

Anyway, now that that’s out of the way I can tell you that I cannot wait to get started with the new year. 2015 has been good to me for the most part. It’s been a pretty damn good year in a lot of ways, and naturally not so great in others.  One highlight was the release of my debut record Slugfest. For the past several months Randraiz Wharton (keys), Ryan Kennedy (guitar), Chris Tanzey (trumpet), Tajae Mosely (drums), Chris Clark (sax), and myself have been performing the music from the record and it has taken on a life of it’s own. High energy to say the least and the pocket keeps getting deeper. Excited to take it even further.

We are going back into the studio in late January to capture the attitude of what we’ve been doing live. A little more experimental but still grooving like a sumbitch. So, keep a look out for our EP which should drop in the spring of ’16. I don’t normally get worked up over another trip around the sun but I have to tell you I am jazzed for 2016. Many great things to come!

And before I forget!! We will be playing January 29th at the Empty Glass @ 10:30pm. Joining us is DJ Charlie Brown Superstar.

Keep checking back! Thanks for stopping in

John


John Inghram’s Slugfest New CD Review

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New Cover by Mark Wolfe Design

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Great review of the new CD by Lee Turley in the December issue of Appalachian Jamwich Magazine. It is only available in print currently. So, go find a copy now! Big thanks to Lee and Jamwich. 2016 is looking up!
https://www.facebook.com/AppalachianJamwich/?fref=ts


John Inghram’s Slugfest Playing the ‘Empty Glass’

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Photo by Mark Wolfe

FRI JANUARY 29, 2016 – 10:00 PM

John Inghram’s Slugfest

Empty Glass 410 Elizabeth Street

Great review of the new CD by Lee Turley in the December issue of Appalachian Jamwich Magazine. It is only available in print currently. So, go find a copy now! Big thanks to Lee and Jamwich. 2016 is looking up!
https://www.facebook.com/AppalachianJamwich/?fref=ts