John “JT” Thompson

Keyboard, vocals

John “JT” Thompson grew up in central Pennsylvania, but soon found himself in himself in the deep South, playing in Louisiana music dens, Texas cowboy bars, Mississippi juke joints, and absorbing bayou culture. After a Biloxi hurricane, JT headed to Atlanta, where he continued working up and down the East coast. He later joined Lotsa Poppa (400 Lbs of Soul) touring the Southeast and appearing regularly at Atlanta Blues clubs.

In 2002, JT returned home, where his piano playing and entertaining have made him a fixture on the central PA music scene. He regularly performs solo and also with notable groups The Triple A Blues Band, Maxwell Strait, Natascha & The Spy Boys, The Doug McMinn Blues Band, and fronts his own band The Denicats. In the Fall of 2013 he began playing with the Gill Street Band.

In 2011 Thompson was a Top 8 Finalist in the 2011 International Blues Challenge where he represented the Billtown Blues Association. In 2013, representing the Blues Society of Central PA, JT partnered with Triple A Blues Band guitarist Andy Tolins, advancing to the semi-finals of the IBC.

He’s a Jamarama host for the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, and his 2012 CD “This Way That Way” has been delighting Blues fans everywhere, proving to be a complimentary follow-up to his internationally acclaimed 2010 album “Chase Away Your Blues.”

His music can be found on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby and www.jtblues.com.