John H. French
Born in Kentucky, raised in Texas and Tennessee, John has lived in small towns all across the south and often writes about those influences in his music. He started writing lyrics early, at the age of 13, and taught himself to play the guitar 3 years later. It was a natural progression to combine those lyrics with his own guitar playing style. Over the years, John has built a large repertoire of original music which consists of a unique combination of Americana, bluegrass, and folk.
In 1996, John co-wrote a song on the rockabilly band the V-Roys debut release "Just Add Ice". Co-produced by Steve Earle on E-Squared Records, the band was a regional favorite on the east coast and around their hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee. As a result, John became a published member of BMI music and performed as a solo artist for a number of years.
Currently John is recording his second CD with his band "The French Connection" in Orlando, FL at the studio of internationally known songwriter and musician Bob Rafkin. John's first CD "All Roads" co-produced with Bob Rafkin was released in October of 2011. As well as performing solo, he is joined in live performances with his talented friends, Joe Ramirez on bass guitar, Steve Waters on guitar and vocals, Sean Curran on fiddle, and Paul Smithson on mandolin, dobro, guitar and vocals. The group is known as "The French Connection"...... Other folks that have joined the band from time to time or have shared the stage with the band include: Larry Zigenfuss on violin, Bob Rafkin on guitar, Carlon Harbison on harmonica and guitar, John Stroud on banjo, Larry Testerman on harmonica, and Brian Smalley on guitar and vocals.