Folk Singer from Blountsville, AL - Will travel up to 750 miles

$750 - $2000 per event
Heralded by the New York Times, The Chattanooga Free Press, The Nashville Tennessean, New Orleans Times Picayune, and numerous other media as a "True American Minstrel & Folk Lore Storyteller", "Riverboat John" grew up in Alabama, near the Tennessee River & received his first banjo at age 5...His mother taught him numerous stories & songs at an early age... After graduation from high school, he migrated to Greenwich Village, New York, to join the Folk Revival Movement, where he bumped elbows with the avante garde, Folk, Blues, Jazz, Pop, Gospel & Rock performers of the day...He completed his degree from George Washington University, Washington, D.C.; served in the U.S. Army; traveled the world; traveled the rivers of America; rode some of the last regular scheduled passenger trains; & rode on every paddlewheel boat he could find...As a result of his roots, travels and experiences as a "seasoned" stage performer, doing festivals, fairs, historical events, performing with symphonies, lecturing at Chautauqua & other lyceum venues, "Riverboat John" developed a style of entertainment much like that of an 1800's minstrel who comes to town to tell stories & sing songs. His programs are always adaptable to his audiences of all ages and backgrounds... He plays his own style of banjo, guitar & other instruments & can belt out a tune of Folk, Gospel, Cowboy & Western, Dixieland, Mountain, River Blues, Country, Old Standards, Children's Songs, Historical, Patriotic, Original, Humorous & Serious, or tell a story at the drop of a hat. He's performed with symphonies & ballets, as well as numerous personal appearances, concerts and educational projects with schools & universities...He has been lauded for his work by many including the Parents Magazine Children's Programming Award...He is a nationwide programmer with the National Council on the Arts Big Read Program; the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program; and the Better Basics Reading Enrichment Program... He has received the Dollar General Grant Award for aid with Adult Literacy Programs; and is heavily involved with the Read Across America Program... His Imaginative Reading, Creative Writing & Character Education programs have been implemented in many points throughout the United States...He is a much sought after motivational and keynote speaker and inspirational speaker.
Chattanooga Free Press says, "Tom Sawyer & Huck Finn all wrapped up in one, a banjo on his knee and river water in his veins".
New Orleans Times Picayune says, "A real character from the riverboat days and one of the best strolling acts we have seen in awhile"!
In addition to his stage shows and roving entertainment act, "Riverboat John" is available for educational programs Pre-K through 12; Colleges & Universities, Teacher Workshops & School Parenting Programs, Adult Education, Senior's Events, Churches and Corporate Motivational and Inspirational Programs...
Monroe County Museum, "back to the days when a live performance was not just a visual aid;
Toledo Public Library, "told us things about our history we didn't even know";
Honeywell Performing Arts Center, "Two standing ovations, great stories, fantastic baritone voice";
Chautauqua, New York, "What a booming voice & throwback to the good old days";
Clinton Arts Council, "Great blend of story & song";
Three Rivers College, "Two years in a row, he's great, we're having him back";
Mobile Public Libraries, "Artist-In-Residence, good crowds, content & performance";
Portsmouth Museum, "His river stories kept us excited, entertained & were educational;
Johnson City, TN. Symphony, "What a great job as guest artist in our "Christmas on the River", a booming voice";
Gulfshores Civic Center, Summer Concert Series, "Excellent Crowd & Kudos";
New Orleans Jazz Fest; "One of the best roving acts we've had in a long time and we loved his original material".
Tall Stacks, Cincinnati; "His third time with us and ready for the next one. We like him"!
World of Nations Festival in Jacksonville, FL, "On the boat, on the grounds, in the food court! He's everywhere"!
Cotton Pickin'& Ginnin' Festival, Rayville, La.," On the stages he held their attention and on the grounds he had'um staring"!,
Motlow College, "An intricate part of our story telling festival".
Greater Baton Rouge State Fair; "Three years in a row as a premier roving entertainer".
San Antonio Rodeo & Livestock Show, "Unbelievable. He had real cowboys and cattlemen standing at all six of his shows every day for 17 days. Who would believe that someone from Alabama that does not claim to be a cowboy could hold a crowd of the "real thing". The Cowboys of Texas!"
Bay Minette, Alabama Community Concert Series, "They all liked him so much they drove all the way across town for the after concert reception and stayed way past the designated time to be with him. He was great!"
Gold Member
Wagon Wheels
Numerous Artists
Oh! Susannah
Stephan Foster
I Know I've Been Loved
John Ferguson
In My Old Rocking Chair
John Ferguson
Ghost Riders In The Sky
Tex Ritter-Gordon McRae
Back in the Saddle Again
Gene Autry
Jamaica Farewell
Harry Belafonte
St. Louis Blues
W.C. Handy
Riverboat Blues
John Ferguson
Porgy & Bess
I'm Going Down that Road that I Left on when I left Home
John Ferguson
Hank Williams
Stormy Weather
Cripple Creek
Old Time Traditional Folk
Shall We Gather At The River
Old Traditional Gospel
Seek Ye First
Surely the Presence
I'll Be Home For Christmas
Numerous Artists
Jingle Bells
Gene Autry
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Gene Autry
Holly Jolly Christmas
Berl Ives
Frosty the Snowman
God Bless America
Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
Louis Armstrong
This Ole House
Rosemary Clooney
The Bend in the River
Marty Robins
Mr. & Mississippi
Patti Paige/Rosemary Clooney
Miss the Mississippi
Jimmie Rogers
My Country Tis Of Thee
Louis Armstrong
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Scarlet Ribbons
Harry Belefonte
Nat King Cole
I'm Goin' Down That Road Feelin' Bad
Woodie Guthrie
Will The Circle Be Unbroken
Carter Family
Mull of Kintire
Paul McCartney
From the Bottom of my Heart
John Ferguson
Got on my Good Hat & Long Tail Coat
John Ferguson
How I lLove the Old Man River
John Ferguson
Old Man River
William Warfield
Danny Boy
I'm Just a Country Boy
Red Foley
Old MacDonald
Traditional Kid Song
I Am A Rover
English Broadside
Mary in the Morning
Roger Whitaker
Tom Dooley
Kingston Trio
Star Spangled Banner
Francis Scott Key
Hunters of Kentucky
War of 1812 Folk Song
Battle of New Orleans
Johnny Horton
Goggle Eye Gee
Arthur Godfrey Kid Song
Stars Fell on Alabama
I Believe
Frankie Laine
Gordon McRae
They Call the Wind Maria
Numerous Artists
River Stay Away From My Door
Rosemary Clooney
Tennessee Waltz
Patti Paige
This Little Light of Mine
Traditional Gospel
Blue Moon of Kentucky
Bill Monroe
Old Joe Clark
Old Time Traditional Folk
Cumberland Gap
Old Time Traditional Folk
Brown's Ferry Blues
Delmore Brothers
Brothers Four
Eddy Arnold
East Virginia Blues
Traditional Folk Song
Rocky Top
Budeleau Bryant
Yellow Rose of Texas
Traditional Folk Song
Rose of Alabama
Traditional Folk Song
Polly Wolly Doodle
Traditonal Folk Song
Buffalo Gals
Traditional Folk Song
This Land is Your Land
Woody Guthrie
Yo! Ho! Ho! and a Bottle of Rum
Old Pirate Song
Shiver Me Timbers
Sea Song John Ferguson
Rosin the Beau
Old Fiddle Tune
Ain't No Bugs on Me
Uncle Dave Macon
Hungry Hash House
Uncle Dave Grandpa Jones
Darby's Ram
Delmore Brothers Grandpa Jones
Unclouded Day
Brown's Ferry Four
Blow Yoe Whistle Freight Train
Delmore Brothers
Peace in the Valley
Everley Brothers
The Rose
Bette Midler
Old Blue
Uncle Dave Macon
Old Rattler
Uncle Dave Macon
The Last Farewell
Roger Whitaker
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Jo Stafford
Only You
The Platters
Sentimental Journey
Les Brown Orchestra
Basin Street Blues
Louis Armstrong
What a Wonderful World
Louis Armstrong
Fair & Tender Ladies
The River is Wide
Kingston Trio
John Ferguson
Hey! Ho! The Tombigbee
John Ferguson
The Rivers I Remember
John Ferguson
On Top of Old Smokey
The Weavers
Good Night Irene
The Weavers
John Henry
Harry Belefonte
The Catfish Song
John Ferguson
I Like Peanut Butter
John Ferguson
The Rattlesnake Song
John Ferguson
Froggie Went A'Courtin'
Traditional Children Song
The Three Little Pigs-Original Song
Traditional ChildrenSong
The Three Little Pigs-Adult Version
John Ferguson
Detroit City
Lefty Frizzell
Talk Back Tremblin' Lips
Ernie Ashworth
Green Green Grass of Home
Curly Putnam
Peach Pickin' Time in Georgia
Jimmie Rogers
Twilight Time
The Platters
A Kiss to Build a Dream On
Louis Armstrong
A White Sport Coat
Marty Robbins
C'est Si Bon
Louis Armstrong
Blue Skies
Willie Nelson
Kentucky Waltz
Bill Monroe
Alabama Waltz
Hank Williams
Fireball Mail
Roy Acuff
She'll Be Comin' 'Round The Mountain
Traditional Kid Song
Whiskey in the Jar
Irish Folk Song
Ghanan US Folk Song
Kenyan African Folk Song
Greenback Dollar
Hoyt Axton
Brothers Four
Golden Vanity
Traditional Pete Segar
Can I Trust You WIth My Heart
Travis Tritt
Keeper of the Stars
Danny Mayo
Suddenly There's A Valley
Blue Moon
The Marcels
Daniel Decatur Emmett
I've Been Workin' On The Railroad
Traditional Kid Song
Arkansas Traveler
Old Fiddle Tune
Blue Tail Fly
Berl Ives
Somebody Bigger Than You & I
Tennesse Ernie Ford
Cool Water
Sons of the Pioneers
Pick a Bale of Cotton
American Folk
Old Cotton Fields Back Home
Rooftop Singers
Five Hundred Miles
If I Had A Hammer
Amazing Grace
Traditional Gospel Song
Polly Wolly Doodle
Traditional Kids Song
Happy Trails
Roy Rogers
Sixteen Tons
Tennessee Ernie Ford
River of No Return
Tennessee Ernie Ford
Old Sand Mountain Home
Tom Prickett Richard Burgess
Beal Street Blues
Louis Armstrong
Georgia On My Mind
Hoagy Carmichael
Camptown Races
Stephan Foster
My Old Kentucky Home
Stephan Foster
Ring Ring The Banjo
Stephan Foster
Beautiful Dreamer
Stephan Foster
Bend In The River
Marty Robins
Thinkin' About Last Summer
Kingston Trio
Oh! What A Beautiful Morning
Gordon McRae
Sand Mountain Blues
Delmore Brothers
The Fishin' Hole
Andy Griffith
I'm Goin' Back To Alabam
Lew Childre
Pop's Corn Licker Still
Grandpa Jones
High Noon
Tex Ritter
Ramblin' Rose
Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole
White Christmas
Bing Crosby
The Christmas Song
Nat King Cole Mel Torme
High Hopes
Frank Sinatra Eddie Hodges
Swinging on a Star
Bing Crosby
Big John
Jimmy Dean
Down in the Arkansas
pBill McCampbell
Hoagy Carmichael Nat Cole
Deep River
American Negro Spiritual
Steal Away
American Negro Spiritual
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
Hank Williams
Cripple Creek
The Prisoner's Song
Vernon Dalhardt
Bury Me Out On The Lone Prairie
Tex Ritter
The Wedding Song
Always & Forever
Blowin' In The Wind
Bob Dylan
Suddenly There's A Valley
Various Artists
Sweet Beulah Land
Squire Parsons
Over the Rainbow
Judy Garland
Lucky Old Sun
Frankie Laine
Hound Dog
Elvis Presley
Beautiful Brown Eyes
Delmore Brothers
Aaron Copelands Old American Songs
William Warfield
Boatman's Song
Dan Emmett
I Wish I was a Little Bird
John Ferguson
Mark Twain
John Ferguson
You are my Sunshine
Jimmie Davis
Moon River
Andy Williams
Glendy Burke
Stephan Foster
Old Folks at Home
Stephan Foster
Sittin' on the Front Porch
John Ferguson
New Christie Minstrels
500 Miles
Peter Paul and Mary
Where Have all the Flowers Gone
Pete Seger
Whiskey Nancy
Irish Folk Song
The Audubon Zoo
Traditional New Orleans Children's Song
Tom & Huck
John Ferguson
I Got Me A Cat
Traditional Children's Song
Your Cheatin' Heart
Hank Williams
All Around The Water Tank
Jimmie Rogers
Good Night Irene
Acoustic Guitar
One Man Band
Folk Singer
Gospel Singer
Country Singer
Oldies Singer
Cabaret Singer
Variety Singer
Americana Singer
Children's Music Singer
Folk Guitar
Oldies Guitar
Country One Man Band
Oldies One Man Band
Singer Guitarist
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Grand Openings
Graduation Parties
High School Reunions
Holiday Parties
Trade Shows
Private Parties
Super Bowl Parties
Kentucky Derby Parties
Retirement Parties
Valentine's Day Parties
Labor Day Parties
School Assemblies
Memorial Day Parties
New Year's Eve Parties
Thanksgiving Celebrations
Please note 'RIVERBOAT JOHN' FERGUSON will also travel to Cullman, Cleveland, Holly Pond, Garden City, Baileyton, Altoona, Hanceville, Oneonta, Joppa, Horton, Arab, Remlap, Decatur, Eva, Mooresville, Belle Mina, Gallant, Hayden, Guntersville, Trafford.
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