John Hammond Jr.
From coffeehouses to concert halls, festivals and beyond, John Hammond has spent forty years entertaining blues, folk and rock audiences around the world, performing intense solo-acoustic blues.
Hammond was born in New York City in 1942 and is the son of record producer John H. Hammond. Inspired by the album Jimmy Reed at Carnegie Hall, he began playing guitar in high school. Hammond briefly attended Antioch College before deciding to pursue music full time.
By the 1960’s, Hammond was living in New York’s Greenwich Village and had befriended many notable musicians including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Dr. John, and Duane Allman. Other artists Hammond has collaborated with include John Lee Hooker, Roosevelt Sykes, Willy DeVille, Robbie Robertson, Mike Bloomfield, and Charlie Musselwhite. He is also close friends with Tom Waits and released an album of his songs, Wicked Grin, in 2011.
Over the course of his career John Hammond has released thirty four albums. He is a Grammy award winner and has been nominated four times. He was a 2011 Blues Hall of Fame inductee.