John Jenkins


John Jenkins is a firm favourite, well known and loved from his appearances around the city with his James Street Band.

Back in the day John was a member of The Persuaders and Come in Tokio giving him opportunity to share the stage with Elvis Costello, Echo and The Bunnymen and The Beat.


For the past 5 years he has followed his own path as a solo artist (often with backing from his superb band)

In 2019 he supported Chris Difford (Squeeze), Dean Owens and the Southerners and Jarrod Dickenson 


His latest album "Growing old - Songs from my Front Porch" was released independently in June 2020


"Here we have a collection of warm, emphatic, personal and resonant songs which are akin to having a deep conversation with an old friend, someone with whom you feel comfortable. Excellent album, highly recommended"  

Fatea Music Magazine


"Will linger long in the memory of all who buy it"

The Rockin' Magpie  


"Growing Old" is a defiant piece of work that stands out of time in a world changing with every turn. The music is often beautiful and leaves you smiling wryly as another longing lament refuses to leave your brain. 

Liverpool Acoustic Music Magazine


Jenkins is a “songwriter’s songwriter. These songs aren’t in from his front-porch at all. This music is from his heart, it’s in his blood. Rating 9/10 

Maximum Volume Music May 2020



Jenkins has put together a collection of songs here that really find a way of speaking to you.  A carefully constructed fine piece of work   

Maverick Music Magazine June 2020


“Filled with carefully-crafted melodies and a careworn and gentle vocal, it feels like the chords have been carefully chosen  as the lyrics. An exploration of feelings, a wander through different soundscapes and a treat for these trying times... “ 

Stereo Stickman


"Taking audiences on an inward journey, Jenkins' music breaks down barriers and we are left with melodies and harmonies that will be sure to stick in your head long after the record has stopped spinning" 

Divide and Conquer Music USA


“The Album sounds contemporary or perhaps timeless is the correct word"  

Rock'n' Reel Magazine  


“A terrific listen, a set of songs that captures our own feelings on the process of age elegantly  John once more takes the hand of the listener and helps them find a way to their own soul…9/10  “  

Liverpool Sound & Vision


                                         The Album is a beautiful Collection. Beautifully produced and just as beautifully presented.

Hope it’s Country


“There is a real art to writing songs which are truly emotive rather than a string of hollow sentiments, which have a longevity, which feel honest and full of integrity , which goes straight to the heart because they come from the heart. John Jenkins has that art in no small amount." .

Dancing About Architecture 


    “Some of the imagery is stunningly vivid, like when Jenkins is describing the plight of an old, lonely war veteran "his single bed no larger than a tomb" on "Daniel White"“  

Americana UK 


“A Fine Album" 

Darren's Music Blog 




I'm Almost Over You - 8.5 / 10

"Liverpool Sound and Vision“ Nov 2019

John Jenkins once more releases a song of sheer depth and observation.

John Jenkins, one of the truly adored musicians of the Liverpool art’s scene




 “Looking for that American Dream”

2019. -John Jenkins is a Liverpudlian Legend.

The Album is many things – a terrific selection of songs, some excellent playing and one of the best lead vocalists around at the moment, a fine rendition of pop music in an American vein –

Very, Very Good – 4 STARS   9/10 – Here is a band that demands National Attention.


The reliability of John Jenkins’ work is demonstrated in the title track “Looking for That American Dream” which begins the record and captures the listeners attention.

Everything about the album has a confident and appealing allure to it. There are 13 tracks all told. There is much to listen to and get involved with this thought-provoking collection of songs


Stereo Stickman “A blessing of an Album, This is the work of a natural and experienced songwriter, with a considerate approach to the art form"


Liverpool Sound and Vision  - 9/10 a vast introspection , worthy of a novel by F Scott Fitgerald or a screenplay by Elia Kazan


Maverick Country Music Magazine  - 3 Stars –  “Catchy Rhythms from Beginning to end with a lot of Character and an appreciation for the genre”


John was Joint Audience Winner of the 2014 Liverpool Songwriters Challenge and 2015 & 2018 finalist. His song "Silhouettes" is was one of five in the UkCountryMusic Radio awards 2019 and "Looking for that American Dream" was in the top 5 for 2020

He was selected to take part in the 2018 Americana Music Association UK Songwriting Workshop in front of prestigious Songwriting panel consisting of Chris Difford, Mary Gauthier, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Sam Baker receiving high praise

Likewise his performances with the James Street Band have received glowing praise


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Thanks John