For eight years guitarist and songwriter John Westmoreland has been a cornerstone of the NC based band Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba who continues to wow audiences in the United States and across the Atlantic in Senegal with their fiery brand of West-African Griot Fusion. Now John has a new project "Cast Fire," a debut album of his original songs and music set to be released in April.
A career musician and teacher who’s performed nationally and internationally, John's guitar playing is masterful on both the electric and nylon string guitar. His voice is a deep baritone and his songwriting weaves together elements of Americana, folk, world, jazz, and blues into an evocative tapestry of sound. In addition to performing original songs, John's also working on a research and recording project based on the music and poetry of his ancestor, T-bone Slim- a mysterious hobo songwriter and poet who was a legendary figure in the labor movement.
The music of "Cast Fire" can also be heard on the soundtrack to the award winning documentary "Staring Down Fate.
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