In 2007, after decades of performing in bands and as a solo artist, JD Fox said goodbye to the music business, but his career would soon be resurrected, thanks to his love of one man’s songs.
Born April 1, 1957, in Ghent, Belgium, as Jan De Vos
, JD Fox served as drummer for The Machines
, Belgium's number one pop band, from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. The group recorded three albums. Their first, A World of Machines
, was cut at the famed Abbey Road Studios in London, England. In 1989, he joined Derek & The Dirt
, a heavy rock outfit which recorded four albums before his departure. In 1991, he became a singer-guitarist, combining American roots music with French lyrics, recording one album with the band Paris Texas
and three solo records. Then came 2007, and he thought he’d had enough of the music business.
Shortly after, he got in touch with Spooner Oldham
, writer of 'Genie in the Jug', a song he had previously recorded in French. With renewed inspiration, JD Fox returned to music and hooked up with the Sunset Travelers
, a band comprised of Holland’s finest roots musicians, to record The Roadmaster
, an album paying tribute to Oldham with songs that speak for themselves—no sophisticated arrangements, no big production, no vocal acrobatics. What you hear is what you get. That's how JD Fox likes it. And so does Spooner Oldham!
"It was a pleasure to hear the songs Jan did on this album. He sings from the heart. He is a soulful person."