Available for interviews - audio files on request. Please note:CDs extremely limited.
“John Sloman is one of the great and oft-overlooked rock and roll vocalists and no doubt shares that honour with the equally great Terry Reid. Cut from the same cloth as Robert Plant, David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes… “. (Russ P – Uber Rock)
‘People Power’. You’ve heard of it – right?
‘El Dorado’ was released in May 2018 as a download via cdbaby, Amazon and iTunes. In spite of the low key launch, the people who've heard or downloaded the album have given it glowing reviews. Recently hinted at on John’s Facebook page, such was the response to an imminent release on CD, that (as John delightedly reports), “even those who had downloaded ‘El Dorado’ wanted the CD format!”. The album has now been remastered for CD
A proud son of Cardiff, South Wales, John Sloman is best known worldwide for his tenure as frontman with both Lone Star (whose albums are much sought-after amongst Classic Rock fans) and also the legendary Uriah Heep. John is delighted that his current album is now receiving an overdue cd release – although the circumstances that influenced the writing and recording were intensely personal: “ ‘El Dorado’ is about my brother Robert moving to USA, marrying, divorcing, getting sick, me going over there to bring him home, and his 11 months in hospital before suddenly dying.”
Some history ‘stuff’:
After Lone Star, a brief tenure with a short-lived band featuring bassist Pino Palladino (Paul Young, The Who) came to an end when John received the call in 1979 to join Uriah Heep. He recorded the ‘Conquest’ album (Record Mirror *****) with the band in 1980, leaving the following year. The remastered and subsequent Deluxe cd editions of the album included several co-writes with John, including the single, ‘Think It Over’ with the late, great Trevor Bolder (Bowie, Wishbone Ash). It was Bolder who had suggested John to Heep. In 1981, John also played keyboards (uncredited) on UFO’s ‘The Wild, The Wlling and the Innocent’. Determined to strike out on his own, John formed John Sloman’s Badlands, which also included a pre – Thin Lizzy, John Sykes, the band failed to secure a deal, but bassist Neil Murray and John ultimately joined Gary Moore for Gary’s album, ‘Rockin’ Every Night – ‘Live’ In Japan’ and live on tour across the UK to promote Gary’s ‘Corridors of Power’ album on which he was also featured. .
The first of John’s solo albums came in 1989, with the Todd Rundgren-produced ‘Disappearances Can Be Deceptive’ and throughout the 1990s came projects with (amongst others) old mate Pino Palladino; Lone Star’s Pete Hurley; guitarist, the late Alan Murphy (Kate Bush, Level 42 etc); The Who – affiliated Steve ‘Boltz’ Bolton and on ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke’s album, ‘It Aint Over Til Its Over’.
With the new millennium came 3 further solo albums, including ‘Dark Matter’ (2003) featuring ‘Jammin’ With Jesus’ - recorded by Toto guitarist, Steve Lukather - “ I always thought it’s a great song” - originally recorded with Jeff Beck but left unreleased by him. For the largely acoustic ‘13 Storys’ (2006), John is credited as playing all the instruments, including cello and harmonium. The acoustic album, ‘Reclamation’ arrived in 2009. For you completists out there, NWOBHM legends, Praying Mantis also featured John on vocals for 3 tracks on their album, ‘The Journey Goes On’…