John Kilzer


John Kilzer was born in Jackson, Tennessee, and spent four years on the Memphis State basketball team before pursuing a music career. Singer / songwriter Kilzer was first signed to Geffen Records in the late 80’s. He released two albums: “Memory in the Making” and “Busman’s Holiday” and also appeared on MTV. In the interim years, John continued writing songs and had compositions covered by Trace Atkins, Maria Muldaur, Roseanne Cash, and others. MADJACK Records signed Kilzer in 2011 and recorded the album “Seven.” The album was recorded at historic Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee and includes members of the world renowned Hi Rhythm Section – Teenie Hodges (Al Green, writer of “Love and Happiness” and “Take Me To The River”), Charles Hodges (Al Green and many others). Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Spooner Oldham on keyboards (Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Dishwalla and many more), Jim Spake and Scott Thompson on horns (Cat Power, Lucero). Rick Steff on piano (Lucero). John has a Masters in English Literature and Doctorate in Theology. He incorporates these disciplines into the writing of 14 of the 16 songs on “Seven” (one song is traditional and another was written by Patty Griffin). “Seven” successfully marries the legendary Memphis sound with the brilliant poetry of John Kilzer. Imagine William Butler Yeats meeting Booker T. Jones on a Beale Street Saturday night. And it’s ninety degrees to boot.


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1. Kentucky Water
2. A Gift From The Sun
3. Mary
4. Communion Bun
5. Two Coats
6. Coltrane Hobo
7. Resurrection Train
8. Walk By Faith
9. Anyway
10. The Stranger
11. Planet Love
12. Dog’s World
13. Mississippi
14. Fading Man
15. All For Joy
16. Then Came The Night




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