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Rock: Roots Rock Moods: Type: Acoustic Moods: Mood: Fun Moods: Type: Vocal Blues: Soul-Blues

By Location
United States - Michigan

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John Latini

John Latini may have grown up in Queens, New York, but he’s as truly a son of Michigan as if he’d been issued a passport.

It’s not just that this singing, songwriting, guitar-slinging, uber-performing bluesman seems to be a perennial nominee for every Southeast Michigan music award, and winner of many, including the Metro Detroit Songwriting Grand Prize in 2004 and the Detroit Blues Challenge winner in both 2008 and 2009, and songwriting honors in North Carolina and Texas. And it’s not just that he’s been awarded an official Proclamation from Paul Schreiber, mayor of his Ypsilanti home town, or that he received a “Letter of Recognition and Appreciation” from Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm.

It’s more that, whether he’s fronting his band the Flying Latini Brothers, working in duos with longtime sidekicks Whit Hill or Jamie-Sue Seal, or, most often, commanding the stage alone, John Latini personifies the best that the heartland, and especially Michigan’s righteous rock history, have to offer: an honest, straight-ahead, no-nonsense commitment to real songs about real people.

Latini also knows that all the best American music flowers from blues roots, and whether he’s tearing it up at a blues fest or captivating a room with original songs, folk and blues go arm in arm in his music like the blood brothers they are.

In addition to being a serious crafter of clever, literate songs, Latini is the purveyor of a slick, blues-soaked, economically hard-driving guitar style---but more than anything he’s an intense, incandescent performer, with an emotional, testosterone-charged voice that the Ann Arbor Observer called “alternately celebratory, remorseful, seductive and dangerous.”

A popular, well-established voice in Michigan, he’s begun to build an enthusiastic fan base throughout the Midwest and beyond to Colorado and New York--Smokin’ Sleddog Records artist John Latini is more ready than ever to break out to a much wider audience.
"...a key element of the band's sound is the voice of lead singer John Latini. Recalling the raspy, liquor-soaked growl of Tom Waits, Latini's soulfully controlled vocals animate the stories of the songs. At once smooth and rough, his singing sounds alternately celebratory, remorseful, seductive and dangerous."
-Ann Arbor Observer

"...John Latini pulls it all together. On top of his knack for evoking stories through elliptical lyrics, this guy has got one helluva voice. Gruff, hearty, filled with hard-edged soul, it falls somewhere between Tom Waits' bourbon-soaked rasp and Bob Seger's heartland croon." -Current Magazine

2013 Capital Area Blues Society Blues Brawl Winner with duo partner Jamie-Sue Seal
2013 Detroit Music Award Nominee for "Outstanding National Small / Independent Album Release" for "Lovers, Liars & Losers"
2010-2012 Multiple Detroit Music Award Nominee
2009 Detroit Blues Challenge Winner
2009 Governor's Letter Of Recognition & Appreciation
2009 Proclamation from the Mayor Of Ypsilanti
2008 Detroit Blues Challenge Winner
2005 1st Place, Dallas Songwriters Association
2005 Top Ten Finalist, Hank Williams Songwriting Contest
2004 Grand Prize Metro Detroit Songwriting Winner

Notable Appearances:
The Ark, Michigan
The Bluebird Cafe, Tennessee
The Creole Gallery, Michigan
The Ten Pound Fiddle Concert Series, Michigan
SXSW Showcase, Texas
Wheatland Music Festival, Michigan
Flat Rock Music Festival, North Carolina
Cousin Andy's Concert Series, Illinois
America's Soul Live, Colorado

Program Notes:
-In Concert, original award winning music.
-Available as a solo, duo or band act.
-Classic Standards covering material by Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan, Harry Belafonte, Hank Williams and more.
-Senior Citizen Programs & Singalongs
-Childrens Concerts, Educational Performances and Blues In The Schools
-Songwriting and Music Workshops