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 and full-band project with Park City-based 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 performs as a sideman for award-winning blues/roots singer-songwriter and session vocalist Kelly Bellerose. 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 artists.
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.
For the past few years, he has hosted a popular monthly open mic at The Vertical Diner. In January of 2018, he began hosting the long-running monthly music showcase "Acoustic Love Fest" with former Fats Bar and Grill owner Mishell Savas Caligiuri at the Salt Lake City VFW Bar.
As a solo act or band member, he has played over 1,500 shows in bars and restaurants. He has also performed at weddings, parties, house concerts, farmers markets, festivals, fundraisers, and corporate events.