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Big Ol' Fiya

by John Mooney

"Big Ol' Fiya" Nominated for 2007 Blues Foundations BMA "Contemporary Blues Album of the Year".
Genre: Blues: Delta Style
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  Song Share Time Download
1. 2 Get 2 Heaven
3:29 $0.99
2. Big Ol' Fiya
4:16 $0.99
3. Dig My Way 2 China
4:23 $0.99
4. Louise McGhee
5:04 $0.99
5. Kiss Me
4:04 $0.99
6. Do You Love Me
4:51 $0.99
7. Drink A Little Poison (4 U Die)
4:44 $0.99
8. Been Workin' All Day
3:44 $0.99
9. U Keep Me (Hangin' On)
3:10 $0.99
10. Real Life
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11. No 'Bout Me
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Throughout the years John Mooney has developed one of the most distinctive and easily identifiable guitar and vocal signatures of anyone alive today.
Part of the original impetus for his interest in music may have filtered down from his grandfather, a musician himself. “He used to play the mandolin and banjo back in the 20’s” says Mooney. “He even cut a couple of 78’s for the Peerless label that I’ve heard. It was really hot stuff, a kind of raggy jazz.“
John left home at 15 and began playing with Joe Beard at about that same time. Joe introduced him to the first and most enduring influence on the development of Mooney’s music, the legendary Delta blues singer, Ed “Son” House. Impressed by the 16 year old musician’s talent, Son and John soon became friends. “I wasn’t aware of what the
opportunity meant, but I knew there was nobody better in Delta blues.“ Mooney cites Son’s heavily rhythmic style having a strong influence on him. In fact, the way Mooney adapts acoustic playing to a modern electric format is one of his most distinctive trademarks.
In 1976 John moved to New Orleans and immersed himself in that city’s vibrant music scene. John regularly played with the likes of Earl King, The Meters, Snooks Eaglin, and the man who was to influence his music greatly, the father of New Orleans piano, Professor Longhair. He was playing regularly in front of New Orleans drummers like Zigaboo Modeliste, John Vidacovich, and Herman Ernest. At this place in time John successfully combined the sounds of the delta with the syncopated rhythms of the Crescent City to create the style that has become uniquely his own. Since 1981 he has been touring with his group, the Bluesiana Band, performing throughout the U.S., Canada, Panama, Europe, Australia, and Japan. After the loss of long time friend and band member Jeff Sarli, Mooney has called upon Rene Coman of the Iguanas for Bluesiana Bass rhythms and renowned New Orleans drummer Kevin O'Day to keep the beat. Over the years John and his band have earned a musical reputation that have gained them invitations to play at numerous folk, jazz, and blues festivals across the globe, including the Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Newport Folk Festival, the Chicago Blues Festival, and a yearly appearance at New Orleans’ world renowned Jazz & Heritage Festival.
In 2000 Mooney released “Gone to Hell,” with special guest Dr. John adding some extra spice. The critics welcomed this comeback with open arms and high praise. Blues Access called the album “a seductive musical cocktail that leaves you deliriously drunk with pleasure every time.“ Blues Revue wrote, ”‘Gone to Hell’ bumps, grinds, and simmers with the emotional intensity of a musician who plays directly from his soul to yours.“
His newest disc, “Big Ol’ Fiya” with special guest Jon Cleary has been a long time coming but Mooney has brought some profound musical styles and songwriting to his signature syncopated delta blues sound. If there was ever a Mooney CD to own, this one is truly it. By far his most heartfelt, intimate, soulful and incredibly intricate vocals, this is a John Mooney album that is simply like none other.



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One of the best
Well John Mooney is one of the best guitar player around.
I have all his records and this is one of the best. Wonderful guitar playin, wonderful singin' and a great sound! Great to hear another Son House song and great to hear the Grayson Capps song that i've always loved.
Buy this record and play it real loud.

Woody Russell

Mooney is the Real Deal
John Mooney continues to stay the course of his own brand of funky "tunesmithing". Yet, he sounds fresh and particularly creative, rejuvinated if you will, on Big 'Ol Fiya. Why aren't we seeing JM on the cover of Living Blues? Hmmm... they'd better listen up. This man is one-of-a-kind.

Mr. Mooney, you are certainly the real deal; a working musician who continues to deliver the goods year after year. A true bluesman and a genuine artist. An inspiration to listen to. Your voice is a testament to how the blues, or any form, should be sung - with style and passion. Your guitar work continues to be a voice of singularity in the blues; like that of Miles or Coltrane is to jazz. Thank you for delivering this fine recording.

Any fan of the blues should already own this CD. I rest my case.

Martha from Mississippi

I think Sarah from Georgia must be my daughter. At least I got the recommendation from her and I really enjoyed the CD.I think I would like to hear more.

francine calo

the real deal
john mooney has soul.... a bluesman to the bone...if he's singin' it, he's lived it....and that's why he's the real deal !!

Dave Tolan

Delta Blues at it's best
John Mooney's new album Big Ol’ Fiya is raw Delta blues at it’s best. This album make the case that John is one of the best bluesman around these days.
If there's a bluesman who's ever deserved blues stardom it has to be John Mooney.
We have this album playing in the car and in the house as well as the iPod.
Thanks for “Big Ol’ Fiya.”

Tamara Smith

Wonderful! John has outdone himself this time.
This CD is what the BLUES is all about. It takes the listener into a world of relaxation and rhythm.


John Mooney maintains his fantastic track record, which is great to see. Now if only he would tour farther afield, we might get to see him in the northwest from time to time!


Mooney delivers!
John Mooney is finally back. Big Ol' Fiya has a very "live" feel to it. The CD is filled with great, new songs written by Mooney. Also the Son House song "Louise McGee" and Grayson Capps' "Poison" are future classics done Mooney-style. The last song is very "Dr.John-ish", a new sound from Mooney. Awesome!!!

Michael Barndt

New Orleans Swamp Blues at it's best!
John Mooney has few equals on the slide guitar. Big Ol' Fiya is no exception...JM delivers an astounding disc from one end to the other.


This was the first time I heard this artist, looking forward to hearing an seeing him live in Sweden in july.
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