Playing out of Vancouver Canada, singer/songwriter John Pippus is familiar with a variety of playing styles. From rough edged blues, to quiet ballads, to folk/soul/pop.
"Growing up, I fell under the spell of both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones," he says. "My pop sensibility is directly linked to the wave of music that was influenced by The Beatles. But the blues side of me comes from listening and absorbing the music of black artists like Son House, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters etc., who as everyone knows, inspired The Rolling Stones".
In April 2009, John Pippus released his first full-length album, "This City". A Vancouver newspaper's music critic says: "Pippus is a refined tunesmith with serious pop hooks worked into tales of love, longing and the like.
From the sexy urgency of 'Oh Oh Oh' with the sultry Nat Jay to the lilting 'Little Things,' this disc is varied and impressive." A reviewer in Earshot magazine says of the title track: "'This City' sounds like the midnight musings of a man coming to terms with the outcome of his life.
It's beautifully raw and makes you feel like you're eavesdropping. Throughout [the] songs there weaves the smooth and expressive guitar playing of John Pippus."
The Earshot review concludes:
"Bottom line: Would I go and see John Pippus live? Yes, absolutely.
Would I throw down money for this album while there? Yes, absolutely. I'd even ask him to sign it for me."