Johnny B. Moore

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

24 January 1950, Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA. Moore was first taught to play the guitar at the age of seven by his Baptist minister father. Four years later he was already playing in early evening sessions at local juke-joints. In 1964 he moved north to Chicago to join his father who had moved there six years earlier. He learned to read music at school and after leaving to work in a lamp factory, played evenings and weekends around the city. In 1975, Koko Taylor asked him to join her band, the Blues Machine. Two years later, he took part in the New Generation of Chicago Blues, a Berlin concert hosted by Willie Dixon. He subsequently toured Europe three times with Taylor and twice with Dixon, working with the latter until his death in 1992. His records show him to be a worthy performer, adept with a bottleneck and an adequate soloist in the post- B.B. King manner, who nevertheless conducts himself with undue restraint.

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