Posts Tagged ‘John J Presley’

Electric bluesman John J Presley is streaming his take on Tom Waits’ Heart Attack and Vine.

A favourite from his live set, it was recorded during a live session, laid down in a single take, and is a great example of his ability in stripped back form.

Unearthed from the archives is this live recording of John J Presley covering Tom Waits‘ incredible ‘Heart Attack and Vine’.

This was recorded by Chris Denman as a warm up to the Honeybee Sessions. Tom Glendining on drums.

Heart Attack and Vine is written by Tom Waits, Asylum Records 1980


Music Video for ‘Sweet Superstition’ taken from the “White Ink” EP. Ahead of his forthcoming White Ink EP, due for release Friday August 21st through Vital Music, John J. Presley has revealed a new music video for the track .

Opting to record the EP completely live and true, White Ink was captured in a single 8-hour run at Toe Rag Studios with Liam Watson – who has previously worked with the likes of The White Stripes, The Kills, Tame Impala – whilst on a rare break from tour.

White Ink EP Tracklisting
1. ‘Come to Me’
2. ‘Come Calling’
3. ‘Sweet Superstition’
4. ‘Rise to My Confession’
5. ‘Ill At Ease’


Posted: December 9, 2014 in MUSIC
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The last year has been fraught with tours, live shows and a relocation. They went out with The Jim Jones Revue on their last UK tour and shared stages with Band of Skulls, and Joe Gideon and the Shark to name a few.
Some say think Jack White meets Tom Waits. We say it is its own beast. Alongside the unmistakable guitar tone of Presley are driving bass lines from a Fender Rhodes, warm vocal harmonies and thick drones from their harmonium.
If you need a direction…think The Kills, think Tom Waits, think Nick Cave, but do go and experience this in it’s own right.
John J Presley – an English gent with a penchant for fuzz.

“Without doubt one of the most interesting talented musicians out there at the moment..something quite seductive about it…”


The vocals remind you of Tom Waits or Johnny Cash, while the guitars have the same drive, as Jack White’s or the Black Keys do, only much dirtier. The heavy distortion together with Presley’s husky voice, give the music a more mournful feel. Plus there is a very strong folk element to it, which makes it just that much more intriguing and a bit poetic, whilst never losing its energy. The kind of music you imagine Jack White would cream his pants for.