JT+Agnostics is a standout band hailing from New Zealand’s Waikato region, led by the talented bassist and songwriter John Thomson. Alongside the skilled guitarist Maciek Hrybowicz, the duo has self-produced and recorded a distinctive selection of songs grounded in blues traditions. The lineup is completed by Bill Forrest, whose saxophone adds a layer of depth, Ben Gilgen on the vibrant keyboards, and the dynamic Mickey Ututaonga on drums. The group often expands to include the enchanting vocals of Holly Shepheard and the rhythmic talents of drummers Neil Reynolds, Freddy Limbert, and Vernon. Why JT+Agnostics? In New Zealand, there’s a prevailing notion of what constitutes ‘authentic’ blues. Originating in the USA, the blues genre has evolved globally, adopting diverse influences and styles. We proudly present our take on this musical tradition — JT+Agnostics call their version kiwicana blues – blues you CAN believe!

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So Wait

Another tune from this quirky Waikato band breezes through a four verse biographical tale which gives a hint of Tex Mex rhythms to accompany the catchy sax lines as the crafty lyrics lay out the story from initial hesitancy of attraction to domestic reality.
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Everytime I Walk Out The Door

The song is about a stage in all relationships after the honeymoon period is over and you’re having to sort out some serious stuff and one is having the “should I stay or should I go” mood, and when on walking out the door to relief or uncertainty, and when coming back will things still be the same, or better, or worse.
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One & One

This song has had a long period in recording gestation – we tossed this around over the ether during the first lockdown and then the original rhythm tracks were put down in Aug 2020 in that glorious pre Omnicrom period, the horns and bv’s in early 2021 – then lockdown 2 made us think about delaying so that we could support it with live performance.