Powell has written songs recorded by the 13th Floor Elevators, Janis Joplin, Boz Scaggs, and others and also headed, with Tracy Nelson, the band Mother Earth. Powell is a virtuoso harmonica player and has lots of new rocking songs. His bio:
Powell began his musical career in Austin in the early 1960's, playing at parties and clubs around the University of Texas campus. Eventually he came to work with Kenneth Threadgill of Austin's Threadgill's Bar, performing with Janis Joplin and Lannie Wiggins in a small trio called The Waller Creek Boys. Later, in answer to a request for material from Tommy Hall of the 13th Floor Elevators, St. John wrote six songs for their two first albums. In the late 60's, Powell formed with Tracy Nelson a blues and rock band named Mother Earth.
Powell St. John has written music which has been performed by some of the most famous musicians in the world such as Janis Joplin (Bye, Bye Baby), Boz Skaggs (I'll Forever Sing), Tracy Nelson (Livin' with the Animals), & Doug Sahm (You Don't Know).
Over the years, Powell has been interviewed by many of the top television stations from the US and Europe, BBC, CBS, E! Entertainment, Lifetime, and others, about Janis Joplin, the Psychedelic scene in Austin, and his own music career. There is a new film in which Powell appears that has just been produced by director Scott Conn, called "Dirt Road to Psychedelia - Austin During the 60s". This film traces the beginnings of the "psychedelic" scene in Austin. After a 30 year run of royalties and licensing for film, stage and TV, the Texas Music Hall of Fame inducted Powell in 2005 as part of the South by Southwest Music Conference. At each event he attended in Austin during this time, he was mobbed by people, telling him how much they liked his music and asking for his autograph. Taking advantage of the fact that Powell returned to Austin, several of his fans arranged for him to record a new CD, "Right Track Now".
This CD highlights this amazing lyricist, who has a timeless knack for song writing and a unique sense of melody. His music is both original and fully engaging, representing the best of the past and greatness for the future.
For more information, contact Toby St. John at 510-540-7981 or email at: email@example.com.