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WHY IS "REVEREND" RICHARD JOHN?INTERVIEW EXCLUSIVE with CBBlues.com
- Name - Richard John
- Location in Spain - Rural Granada
- Roots - East London
- Website - http://www.reverbnation.com/reverendrichardjohn
Q. THE REVEREND RICHARD JOHN - I am sure that everyone asks you about where the "Reverend" part of your name comes from?
Are you a real man of the cloth? or is it a stage name like the Reverend Gary Davis?
A. No - I am not an ordained minister, I just added the title "Reverend" to my christian names out of respect for the Reverend Gary Davies. It was after watching some amazing film footage of him peforming. The emotional effect on his audience was incredible and he was a great influence during my early blues awareness.
Q. You have a real delta sound and style to your music and stage performance, but you are British? How did you become influenced by this rootsy southern United States musical genre?
A. Like many in the 60's - I tried to play guitar in different styles of rock and pop, but I was never comfortable with those styles. Then I tried blues and found I really enjoyed the feel of playing it, especially the slide. I have had it said that my style is attuned to the delta sound, but I am not really aware of it.
When I was growing up there were many old blues 78's in the house (I wish I had them now) and they are my earliest memories of music- so I think that is where the initial influence came from.
Q. How did you end up in Spain?
A. By chance really - I had just sold my house in Essex and bought myself a new car. I advertised my old car for sale in a free ad paper and they sent me a copy of that issue where I spotted an ad for a cave house for sale in Granada. So I took the earliest flight over and bought it.
It is the best thing I ever did. Spain suits me perfectly.
A. My favorite gig in Spain is in Madrid. It's a tiny underground "dedicated" blues club called La Coquette. Like The Cavern in Liverpool it oozes nostalgia and I am very proud to say I have managed to get a slot there for the last 5 years.
As in much of Spain, the people who run the club and the regulars who patronise it are also very proud of their blues heritage. It is an exceptional feeling to be even a small part of that.
The spanish response to music is almost always passionate. Blues music is, I think, a very direct form of music, which if played with passion will draw the best out of a spanish audience.