Ivas John and The Gordons with special guest Ross Sermons
Ivas John is no stranger to music fans in St. Louis. For over a decade, The Ivas John Band has continued to perform their brand of electric blues, heading many major music events and festivals. In 2015, with the release of Good Days a Comin, Ivas added a new dimension to his music and his vast fan base was happy to follow. As a great singer, songwriter, and guitarist he dove deep into polishing his acoustic side, collaborating for duets with Gary Gordon on dobro, multi-instrumental virtuoso Robert Bowlin, and St. Louis blues purist Brian Curran. Ivas took to traditional country blues and folk music like a duck to water, embracing the influence of past masters while carving out an unmistakable style all his own. His album hit number one on the folk radio charts and his live performances continue to win over both critics and fans with ease in acoustic music circles.
The Gordons are a husband-and-wife duet from Southern Illinois who have performed together since 1974. Their reputation has been cemented with over a dozen LPs and CDs and numerous radio shows and television appearances. They have performed their brand of folk music throughout the U.S., Ireland, the U.K., the Netherlands, Belgium, and the Czech Republic. Their original songs coax the listener to look at life and love themselves. “With their warm glowing harmonies and impeccably uncluttered picking, The Gordons bring to mind the most listenable of all bluegrass bands, Flatt & Scruggs.” (Billboard Magazine)
Ross Sermons was born and raised in Hickory, North Carolina, where the babies cut their teeth on musical instruments. He wears the hat of bassist extraordinaire, be it electric or stand-up, and is accomplished at knowing and feeling all genres. He has toured the world over many times, siding for a long list of many great artists. Now residing on the island of Tasmania off of Australia’s south coast, he works six months there and six months in the U.S. The tilt of the earth’s fair-weather axis brings him to the Focal Point to join The Gordons and Ivas John September 14th. Don’t miss it!