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Bittersweet Success

by John Gaar

If you're lookin' for a dose of soulful-singin', guitar-lickin', smokin', rockin' blues, then you'll be healed with the sounds of the John Gaar Band. Latest CD is 'Bittersweet Success'. First cut 'Memphis' received top songwriting honors by Billboard Mag.
Genre: Blues: Rockin' Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Memphis
5:50 $0.99
2. That Ain't True
4:31 $0.99
3. Bittersweet Success
3:30 $0.99
4. You Know Me
6:06 $0.99
5. Played the Fool
5:31 $0.99
6. Till I Get it Right
3:42 $0.99
7. Love is Overdue
6:00 $0.99
8. Hard Rain
4:38 $0.99
9. Devil on Tequila
5:49 $0.99
10. Lay My Head
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Album Notes
John Gaar was born and raised in the midst of the magical music melting pot of Louisiana. He picked up the guitar at 13 and was playing gigs in smalltown, smoke-filled bars by the time he was 16. From that point on it became all about the music and how it made him feel - and how he could make others feel deep into their souls through his own singing and playing. It was at 18 he had the choice to go on the road with a band, or go to college on a music scholarship -- John chose the road and hasn't looked back!

The Journey.
In 1981 John's first real taste of R&B, Soul, Blues, and Zydeco music was a two-year stint with his brother, Red Hot recording artist, Burton Gaar, with Zydeco-musician, Rockin' Sydney - best known for his grammy-award winning hit crossover song, "My Toot Toot." John then next toured throughout the South with two bands, one a seven-piece R&B horn band, and the other a New Orleans groove band. Then he landed a gig with Miss Molly and the Passions, a ballsy, foul-mouthed, bull-whip-toting band from Lake Charles, LA, that was voted Houston's No. 1 Band -- three years running.

After three years with the Passions, John's circumstances forced him to move to the Bay Area where he had to deal with culture shock, a deference of musical attitudes, and no money -- so he played every gig he could get his hands on in the area. By 1993 it was time to re-up on his "Southerness", so John moved back to the South (after four years in California) and headed first to Tulsa, then to Nashville, and then finally back to Louisiana, where he landed a gig with Blind Pig recording artist, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, a rockin' Zydeco Blues band.

Journey (Continued)
John toured the US and Europe 250 dates a year for the next four years with Carrier. Then John decided to "get off the bus and stay awhile," by going back to the Bay Area to play local gigs, put his own band together, record his own songs and have a lot of fun doing what he loves!

After much success with his own band, including being selected for the Monterey Blues Festival after the band was just 5 months old, John decided to pick up and move to Austin, Texas to further his career goals in the land that he loves -- the South! All we can say is, watch out Austin and beyond, a new force is here!

Guitarist--Vocalist--Songwriter--and Showman!
John has emerged from his journey so far to find that it's time to do his own "thang" -- and it's about time! If his incredibly soulful guitar playing doesn't give you the goose bumps, his unmistakably talented and unique voice will. Throw that in with page after page of skillfully penned rockin' blues songs and his southern charm -- and you have John Gaar, a true and consummate player and showman.

Soulful, Rockin', Gritty, Guitar-Lickin' Blues!
With their 80 years plus combined experience, the band John has put together will "wow" you with a unique sound that is unmatched today. From soulful, gritty lyrics and harmonized background vocals to the tight rythmic beat of the bass and drums, you will find your crowd "dancing in the streets" - or at least tapping in their seats! If you are looking for that new, cutting-edge, yet traditional, sound of soulful, guitar-lickin' blues -- then the John Gaar Band can't be beat.

John Gaar Awards:
Awarded honorable mention by Billboard Magazine as one of top new songwriters in 2003 for the song, "Memphis", on CD release "Bittersweet Success".

John Gaar Album Credits include:
John Gaar Band, 2004, "Bittersweet Success";
Rockin' Sidney, 1983's "The Other Woman"; Burton Gaar & the Mudkats, "Still Singing the Blues";
Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, "Too Hot to Handle";
and, Red Archibald, "Everything I Got".



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Tradition Magazine

His originals are right up with the masters, as is his playing...
Bittersweet Success

John Gaar sent this CD as an audition to be on the Missouri Valley Festival. First off, John Gaar is one fine musician, and he’s absolutely great at what he does. However, because of the drums, electric guitars, and style of playing, it probably wouldn’t “fit” the theme of old-time acoustic music very well (which is what we were looking for). If, however, I was booking clubs, especially those that specialize in blues, and John Fogarty music, John Gaar would be at the top of my list. His originals are right up with the masters, as is his playing and obvious stage presence. This is a band that I would go to see to ‘boogie’ but probably wouldn’t be listening as much as I would be dancin’. I believe he lives in Austin, Texas, now, where so much creative music is moving. You can also add a little Southern Soul as well as rock and roll to the identification of John Gaar. Lots of electric fuzz-tone, not particularly adaptable to old-time hill-billy music, but done really well anyway. I like John Gaar, and like Fogarty, I think he will take that particular music up another step on the national (and international) level. They’ve already done a tour of Denmark and Sweden, so my words are trailing the bands experience. Good Luck John, keep it up, you sound great!

Blues Matters

This guy is stinging & solid on guitar...
USA – JOHN GAAR “Bittersweet Success”, Jango Bleaux Records, 10 tracks, 49:41 mins.

John Gaar is brother of Burton Gaar who’s CD “Home of the Blues” has been gathering fine reviews. The Louisiana brothers were both in Rockin’ Sidney’s band, and John had a long stint in Chubby Carrier’s band, but Zydeco music is only a part of his arsenal. Billboard magazine awarded John an honourable mention for being one of the best new songwriters of last year, the song is the initial song on this album. The first thing I realised was this is a disc that revs, and benefits a high stereo volume. Things kick off very FM radio like with John’s Billboard merited “Memphis”, hook laden, wide appeal. The Southern biting guitar lines introduces a Hamilton Loomis cum Jonny Lang kind of tune, the pace continues with the soul & rockin’ blues of the title track. This guy is stinging & solid on guitar, above well average singer and lyrically very sound. Its track four before he allows things to simmer down with a tune that has a nice hard edge set around a soulful tale. “Played the Fool” is fuelled by a riff somewhere between Zeppelin’s “Heartbreaker” & “Killing Floor”, and is rock/blues. More riff-based rock/blues unfurl before a slow burner in a soul to rock to blues way balances the disc once again. A country angled tune waltzes along in its lament before it gives over to a Z.Z. Top/Bob Seger weighted rocker. John Gaar wrote either alone or in collaboration, and every one of these tracks that have a very early 70’s basing to them. He leaves it until the last selection to betray his zydeco roots with an unaccredited accordion player. Nothing hear you haven’t heard before, but it is played very well & devoid of weakness….Billy Hutchinson