Jojo Hermann


As the keyboard player for the tremendously popular band Widespread
Panic, Jojo Hermann may call Atlanta, Georgia home, but it's in
Mississippi - where he once played coffeehouses and clubs with his old
band Beanland -- that he considers his true roots to lie. And in the
last few years, whenever he's had the chance, Hermann has stepped out
from behind the keyboards, picked up a guitar, and headed back to
Oxford, Mississippi -- back to the familiarity of his old stomping
grounds and his old friends - to strum some "cowboy chords" and have
some good old musical fun. Hermann has lived in and around Oxford,
Mississippi since 1987. He toured the South extensively with Beanland
until 1992, when he went to Athens, Georgia to play with Widespread

In October 2000, Hermann got serious about these
side-trips, and holed up with longtime pals Luther and Cody Dickinson
(DDT, The North Mississippi All-Stars) and Paul "Crumpy" Edwards
(Bloodkin) in Water Valley's Money Shot Studio where they recorded the
album The Smiling Assassin for Fat Possum Records. A little more than
two years later, Hermann returns with the follow-up entitled Defector.
Many of the elements are the same: Jojo once again plays not only
piano, but also guitar, Edwards is back on bass and Luther & Cody
Dickinson once again handle additional guitar and drums.

Making it an even more North Mississippi hootenanny, Kenny Brown and Cedric
Burnside form the R.L. Burnside band sit in on the album. Kenny Brown
and Cedric Burnside had been spending a lot of time at the Money Shot
as well, recording Kenny Brown's Fat Possum debut, Stingray. Just about
the only thing that would make the whole thing come together perfectly
would be if they went out on tour together.

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