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John Farrell Logan got his nickname by playing Little Walter's harmonica-instrumental gem, "Juke," incessantly. Rockin', multi-media-style, in the music world for over 3 decades, Juke's worked with countless major recording artists and musical trendsetters, such as Ry Cooder, Albert Collins, Leon Russell, & Los Lobos. Like attracts like.
And then there's radio. Juke was one of the most respected and popular blues jocks on Southern California radio (teamed with co-host Ellen Bloom, for National Public Radio affiliate KPCC, LA's "Friday Nite Blues Revue"). Sadly, the station's format changed in early 2000, as is so often the case in Los Angeles, so the Friday Nite Blues Revue will have to remain in people's hearts and heads. Juke and Ellen played host to a good many wonderful artists throughout the years, and have gathered together a CD of one of a kind in studio performances....it's called "Friday Nite Live" and is availible on the Pacific Blues label
Yeah, his harp blows on a ton of commercials. Keep your ears peeled for his work with Ry Cooder. Dig both for the soundtrack of 1984's "Streets of Fire" film, and for the blues-based feature, "Crossroads." Logan played off-camera harmonica for the star and worked behind the scenes as coach, composer, and consultant. You want more OK, how about "La Bamba" to "Midnight Run" to "Heathers." And if you have a TV, Juke's harp was prominent on the theme and score of the original "Roseanne" show for 9 seasons. He plays bass harmonica on the "Home Improvement" theme. You'll find Juke's music tucked into more than a few soundtracks, too.
So now, he is a partner in his own dream, Mocombo Records. Logan explains his artistic agenda: "I've always thought of myself, musically, as being in the people-movin' business. That's what we're trying to do with Mocombo's music - melodically, lyrically, emotionally, spiritually and rhythmically. Also central to this music are the rhythms of the City of Los Angeles, my hometown... multi-textural and multi-cultural rhythms... all the time bustin' through and messin' with ya..."
Join in on this Renaissance artist's latest creation, and enjoy the ride.
"You tell beautiful stories..."
- Carlos Santana to John "Juke" Logan
JOHN "JUKE" LOGAN MINI-ARTICLE: L.A. WEEKLY "Mixology" (by Michael Ventura)
"'THE BLUES HAD A BABY AND THEY NAMED IT ROCK & ROLL' - Willie Dixon wrote that lyric not too long ago, summing up a lot of our history. He used to say, 'I am the blues', and no one disputed him. Last Wednesday, on the night of Dixon's death, bluesman John "Juke" Logan played the Mint. Juke had played with Willie Dixon on many occasions, so the gig seemed a good place to say goodbye to that giant. The joint was packed, wall-to-wall and front-to-back, with folks who mostly hadn't been born when the Rolling Stones, Creedence and the Doors did their famous covers of Dixon's great tunes; the parents of this audience were small children when the originals came out, such is the great stream of the blues through the generations. Juke Logan's All Stars, featuring Brenda Burns, played hard and dug deep, and harp player Johnny Dyer sat in, and folks were so into it that most hardly noticed when Stevie Wonder and his friends squeezed through the crowd. Juke was as surprised as anybody, but his band didn't miss a beat as Mr. Wonder got up on stage and joined in, and people went even crazier when they realized who was singing the blues to them now. Mr. Dixon - the Hoochie-Coochie Man, the Back Door Man, the Seventh Son, the Man with the Spoonful - would have laughed with happiness to see it."
- Michael Ventura