John "JoJo" Hermann was born in New York City then moved to Oxford, Mississippi after college. He began playing with the local band Beanland after a friend of the band heard him playing on an old upright piano at the Hoka Club also in Oxford. After extensive touring of the Southeast with Beanland he then went on to join Athens, Georgia based Widespread Panic in 1992 with whom he still plays keyboard and organ. JoJo is known for his lead vocals on many New Orleans style jazz and blues covers and originals along with soul moving gospel sounds coming from his organ. His has been heavily influenced by artist such as Professor Longhair, Junior Kimbrough and Otha Turner among others. In recent years JoJo has particapated in several side projects most notably JoJo and His Mojo Mardi Gras Band.