Few musicians have ever entered room 414 of The Gunter Hotel in San Antonio Texas – the hallowed ground where Robert Johnson recorded 16 out of his 27 songs in November of 1936. Singer/songwriter, John Ford was fortunate enough to spend a couple days there, in October of 2012, recording a collection of original & traditional blues songs. The yet to be released “Songs from Room 414” will be available in the spring of 2013.

Ford is a veteran of the Cincinnati music scene, playing classic rock, punk and alt country in various bands, influenced by everything from classic & college rock to country blues. currently playing a repertoire of self-composed American roots music. “I’ve been writing songs since my early teens” John explains, “Whether it be songs I’ve written or an old song from the 1930’s, I play what I fall in love with. Many times people ask if I’m doing all original music; sometimes I do, depending on the venue, but sometimes it’s just an old Son House song or a new Chris Smither song that people have never heard, that I consider to be a great song.”

Over the past couple of years he has performed at “The Purple Fiddle” in West Virginia, “The Old Time Music Festival” in Metamora, Indiana & “The Bluebird Café” in Nashville, as well as many local Cincinnati venues including Fountain Square (Acoustic Thursdays) and The EdenSong Summer Concerts. In 2011, he put out his first solo EP, “Injection of the Blues” and is currently working on a couple other projects, including a song called “Ma Sibbi’s Chicken & Dumplin’s” with Katie Lauer lending her vocals.

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Lauren Houston

Hailing from Morning View, KY, Lauren has been wooing and winning fans far and wide since her last appearance here. She has one of those wonderfully rare voices than can sing the phonebook or the alphabet and make it sound like a Wagner aria. Luckily she has better muses from which she draws her material, the biggest, best and most significant being herself. Her flawless voice is equaled only by her original lyrics and music and I’m sure we’ll be graced with a bounty of those.” (Monteray Outpost)

Straw Boss

Hillbilly country revivalists Straw Boss are a Southgate House favorite, with Hank Sr. and Dwight Yoakam-influenced Honky Tonk boogies and Western Swing classics. This superstar rockabilly crew is headed up by Edwin Vardiman, and features plenty of other special guests.

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John Ford with Jeremy Pinnell, Lauren Houston, Ian Mathieu, Straw Boss

Sunday, July 21 · Doors 1:00 PM / Show 5:00 PM at The Southgate House Revival-The Lounge