Cool John Ferguson Band Reunion Show
October 21, 2017 · Saturday * 8pm * $12
Taj Mahal has said that “Cool John Ferguson is among the five greatest guitarists in the world. He is a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. He is with the ranks of Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery and Django Reinhart.”
Cool John Ferguson is so versatile, you never know what he’s going to play next. He seamlessly combines styles of gospel, blues, funk, country, jazz, and rhythm and blues. He has been active on tent revival circuits, played with LaFace Records of Atlanta, GA, and collaborated with several well-known artists throughout the world, including Taj Mahal, Kenny Wayne Shepard, BB King, Beverly Guitar Watkins, and the Stylistics. He has provided sound tracks for countless events. John was honored by Living Blues Magazine for two consecutive years as “Most Outstanding Guitarist.”
Cool John was born in Beaufort, SC in 1953. He learned to play the guitar by the age of 3. By age 5, Cool John played gospel music professionally and astounded musicians 10 times his age. At that time his family realized that the world had been gifted with a musical genius. Cool John was the featured entertainer for Lowcountry Sing on Channel 5, Charleston SC, for three (3) years, appearing with three of his sisters, the Ferguson Sisters, an outstanding gospel trio. Over the years, he has formed bands playing psychedelic music, rhythm and blues, pop and jazz.
Early in life Cool John made a decision to follow his dream of becoming a renowned guitarist, pianist organist, drummer and singer. Accomplished musicians, music industry leaders and his fans all agree that Cool John’s dream is now reality. Cool John’s fingers just seem to glide effortlessly across the guitar strings as his audience watch in amazement.
Cool John spends his life conveying messages through his music and traveling wherever he is led by the music. He has performed at numerous concerts and major blues festivals throughout the world to include, The Savannah Blues Festival, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, the Lucerne Blues Festival and the Blues-To-Bop Festival in Switzerland, the Byron Bay Blues Festival in Australia and Wasago Beach Festival, Toronto, Canada.
Cool John is so versatile. You never know what he’s going to play next. He seamlessly combines styles of gospel, funk, country, jazz, and rhythm and blues to name a few. He has been acive on tent revival circuits, played with LaFace Records of Atlanta, GA, and collaborated with several well known artists throughout the world including, Taj Mahal, Kenny Wayne Sheppard, BB King, Beverly Guitar Watkins, and the Stylistics. He has provided sound tracks and scores for countless events and movies. Living Blues Magazine honored Cool John for two consecutive years as “Most Outstanding Guitarist”. Taj Majal stated that “Cool John Ferguson is among the five (5)
greatest guitarists in the world and is a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. Cool John is among the ranks of Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery and Django Reinhart.” Cool John’s fans will tell you emphatically “He is the best of the best guitarists in the world”. Cool John is a recording artist and recently released a CD entitled: “With These Hands.”
Cool John has assembled a regular back-up band of seasoned veteran musicians that has become an integral part of the Cool John experience.
– Dr. Alan Celeste, Keyboard; a true doctor of keys, Alan brings a fourth dimension to the Cool John Band that allows Cool John to take his musical expressions even further down the road. In addition, his rhythm section support, the Doc even scares Cool with his virtuosity and talent!
– Joel Sugarman, Bass; a well travelled veteran of musical styles and locations, Joel honed his craft over the years while living in metro NY, Athens, GA and for the last 15 plus years in RDU. His knack for finding the “pocket” with his low end groove keeps the Cool John Band so solid.
– Kevin Johnson, Drums: a true music and drum connoisseur , K’Mo has the experience and chops that allow Cool John to float effortlessly through his diverse musical styles. His rock solid, funky drumming truly anchors the Cool John Band and his sense of dynamics keeps Cool John’s 10 min. jams moving and interesting, working with Sugarman and Doc to keep everyone on the dance floor.