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.

Jeremy Pinnell grew up in Northern Kentucky just south of the Ohio River, where the towns are equal parts Southern hospitality, Northern attitude, and Midwestern charm. As a kid he sang in church and learned how to play the guitar with his dad, and as he got older he figured out he wasn't just carrying a tune; he could really sing. When Jeremy sang, the room got quiet. Heads turned. at 18 he left home and began writing and singing country music. His voice made him a hometown hero but his demons kept him a secret to the world.


“OH/KY” tells the story of the next 18 years of Jeremy's life, and it's a damn good story. It has all the things people love to read about. And most of all, it's a true story that's been recorded in the most honest way possible. The album was cut live over the course of three days ina recording studio located in the small river town of Covington, KY. The group of players on the album are The 55s, a honky tonk band out of The Queen City who lay the foundation so Jeremy's voice can shine and his story can come to life.


“One of my favorite new finds.” – Sean Moeller / DAYTROTTER

"Kentuckian Jeremy Pinnell hits all the country-tune sweet spots. His voice is strong and a little mournful -- you can feel his ache seep through the speakers as you listen -- and the rhythm section shuffles along gently. Weepy pedal steel licks feel just right as Pinnell sings a regretful refrain of ‘I did it again,’ a familiar sentiment for any of us who've ever done a little backsliding.” - THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION

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)

Ian Mathieu

..of Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle

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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