Artist: Curtis Stigers & The Forest Rangers

John The Revelator – Curtis Stigers & The Forest Rangers

Curtis Stigers (born October 18, 1965) is an American jazz vocalist, saxophonist, guitarist, and songwriter.

Stigers was born in Boise, Idaho, and started his music career as a teenager, playing in jazz, rock and blues groups, as well as receiving formal training in clarinet and saxophone at high school in Boise. He acquired much of his inspiration and encouragement for pursuing jazz from jam sessions led by Gene Harris at the Idanha Hotel. His song “Swingin’ Down at Tenth and Main” is a tribute to those times with Harris. After graduation, he moved to New York to pursue rock music but soon found himself playing and singing in a jazz trio. He was signed to a recording contract by Arista Records and released two albums for the label: a self-titled, multi-platinum debut in 1991, and Time Was in 1995. His smooth, blend of soul and rock translated into commercial appeal, ensuring his continued popularity. In addition, Stigers moonlighted as a jazz vocalist, performing and recording with artists such as Gene Harris, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Prince, Bonnie Raitt, Rod Stewart, The Allman Brothers Band and Joe Cocker. He sang a duet with Julia Fordham on her re-recording of Where Does The Time Go?

According to Will Birch’s book on pub rock, No Sleep Till Canvey Island, the royalties from Curtis Stigers’s version of the song, “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding”, made songwriter Nick Lowe independently wealthy. Stigers’ version appeared on the soundtrack album for the film The Bodyguard, which sold 17 million copies in the United States alone.

Stigers also appears on the Dawson’s Creek soundtracks. In his solo career, he has popularized tunes such as “I Wonder Why”, which reached #5 in the UK Singles Chart and #9 in the United States Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1991 and “You’re All That Matters To Me”, which reached #6 as the follow-up single in the UK. In 2006, Stigers participated in the BBC Television show Just the Two of Us, where he sang with journalist Penny Smith. He was one of the soloists at a concert celebrating the MGM musical, during the 2009 Proms season. His song “This Life” is used as the intro for the American show Sons of Anarchy.

John The Revelator

The close-out song from the first season of the FX original series, Sons Of Anarchy.

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Tell me who’s that writin’ / John the Revelator
Tell me who’s that writin’ / John the Revelator
Tell me who’s that writin’ / John the Revelator
Wrote the book of the seven seals

Well, God walked out in the cool of the day
Called Adam by his name
He refused to answer
‘Cause he was nekkid and ashamed

Tell me who’s that writin’ / John the Revelator
Tell me who’s that writin’ / John the Revelator
Tell me who’s that writin’ / John the Revelator
Wrote the book of the seven seals

Now Christ had twelve apostles
Three he led away
He said Watch me while I walk
While I go yonder and pray

Tell me who’s that writin’ / John the Revelator
Tell me who’s that writin’ / John the Revelator
Tell me who’s that writin’ / John the Revelator
Wrote the book of the seven seals

Well, Christ rose on Easter morning
Mary and Martha came down to see
He said Go tell my disciples
To meet me in Galilee

Tell me who’s that writin’ / John the Revelator
Tell me who’s that writin’ / John the Revelator
Tell me who’s that writin’ / John the Revelator
Wrote the book of the seven seals

Tell me who’s that writin’ / John the Revelator
Tell me who’s that writin’ / John the Revelator
Tell me who’s that writin’ / John the Revelator
Wrote the book of the seven seals

God walked out in the cool of the day
Called Adam by his name
He refused to answer
‘Cause he was nekkid and ashamed

Tell me who’s that writin’ / John the Revelator
Tell me who’s that writin’ / John the Revelator
Tell me who’s that writin’ / John the Revelator
Wrote the book of the seven seals

Tell me who’s that writin’ / John the Revelator
Tell me who’s that writin’ / John the Revelator
Tell me who’s that writin’ / John the Revelator
Wrote the book of the seven seals

  • Audio from the EP, Sons of Anarchy: North Country:

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