2011 Blues Hall of fame inductee, Blues Music Award winner 2011, 2004, 2003 for best acoustic artist of the year, 2002 for Best Acoustic Album for his Tom Waits produced Wicked Grin and 1985 Grammy award winner, John Hammond Jr, is arguably the best exponent of acoustic blues guitar in the world.
His music career spans nearly 50 years, has released over 30 albums, scoring a soundtrack along the way, (Little Big Man – starring Dustin Hoffman) and the freight train, that is John Hammond Jr., keeps barreling along. “He’s a great force of nature. John sounds like a big train coming. He chops them all down.” – Tom Waits
He has earned the respect of many blues legends John Lee Hooker, Roosevelt Sykes, Duane Allman, Robbie Robertson, and Charlie Musselwhite, all of whom have contributed their musical talents to Hammond’s records. He’s the only musician to boast having Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton in his band at the same time – even if it was only for a short time.
John plays solo and acoustic; a National Steel, Guild 12-String and Stubbs 6-String guitars and harmonica. “ He is a virtuoso. A Conjurer… A Modernist… John is in a very small circle of men with a guitar and a harmonica. Jimmy Reed, Howlin’ Wolf, Bob Dylan.”- T Bone Burnet