J.T. Draper (vocals; acoustic, electric, and resophonic slide guitars; harmonicas) plays blues and roots music in Salt Lake City, UT and the surrounding area as a solo artist, with The Dusty Boxcars, a duo with vocalist Kerry Strazdins, and with the J.T. Draper Trio featuring Steve Stewart on mandolin and Bill Stoye on percussion as well as occasional electric trios featuring various local musicians.. He also fronted the now defunct Clarksdale Ghosts. Fans know him for his lively performances, gritty baritone voice, and intricate guitar work.
He has been featured as a finalist in the Susanne Millsaps Performing Songwriter Showcase three years in a row where he performed at The Utah Arts Festival along with 9 other finalists.
His blues influences include classic Delta, Chicago and Texas blues masters such as Robert Johnson, Skip James, Son House, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Howlin' Wolf, among others. He also finds inspiration in jazz, soul, classic country and rock, and songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Townes Van Zandt, and Tom Waits.
As a solo act or band member, he has played over 1,000 shows in bars, coffee shops, and restaurants. He has also performed at weddings, parties, house concerts, farmers markets, festivals, fundraisers, and corporate events.