is an award winning songwriter vocalist and guitarist.
Johnny has earned Atlanta’s Creative Loafing Magazine’s critic’s choice for “Best Local Singer/Songwriter”. He’s the 2013 Georgia State Champion Harmonica Player. The 2013 Flagpole Magazine Athens GA 25th Anniversary theme song contest winner. He’s also won on the original Gong Show as well as Georgia Music Magazine’s “The 25 Local Albums For 2005″ and the Georgia Music Industry Association’s “Best of Country” award. His music has appeared in movies, television and on the radio.
In his latest (25th) album titled “Armadillo and Dumplings”, Johnny brings his awkward sensibilities to bear on straining the limits of Folk and Bluegrass. Mr. Roquemore’s songs contain good music and intelligent lyrics. Therefore may not be suitable for today’s listener. To hear examples, click on the player on the right.
Johnny Roquemore and
The Apostles of Bluegrass
Watching Johnny and the Apostles play is fun! “Up beat music and off beat lyrics” claims the L.A. Times. “A deranged backwoods Santa Claus…the new king of the road”
Led by Johnny Roquemore, Creative Loafing Magazine critics’ choice for “Best Local Singer/Songwriter” in Atlanta, the Apostles have played everywhere. Johnny, a Georgia native, returned from Malibu, California after 30 years of hobnobbing with the bigwigs of music. Dubbed the “Minstrel of Malibu”, he has come home to live on the family farm in Mansfield.
Playing banjo, mandolin and harmonica, John Nipper is a native to Newton County Ga. He gave up bicycle motocross to save his fingers for music.
Originally from the Chicago area, Dave Ross plays the big blue upright bass and the Dobro. Sadly he received a banjo for his eleventh birthday and hasn’t been the same since.
The Apostles of Bluegrass show has consistently amused audiences by delivering misunderstandable reworkings of cherished traditional music and offbeat renditions of original compositions.
The band, “Johnny Roquemore and the Apostles of Bluegrass” are:
Johnny – Guitar, Vocals and Harmonica.
Dave Ross – The Big Blue Bass, Dobro, Vocals and Banjo
John Nipper – Banjo, Mandolin, Harmonica and Vocals
The Apostles of Bluegrass win the South Eastern Bluegrass Association / Stone Mountain Bluegrass Festival Band Contest.
From Mansfield, Georgia - This trio tweaks the traditional trappings of the genre into a triumph of antiphony. Unexpected turns lead the listener from reggae to swing to Tennessee Ernie Ford. It’s not just Bluegrass, its music, and somehow the judges thought the Apostles were the best.
To hear them, see performance videos, check out the band schedule, read biographical material and get some references click on the link below.