John is currently playing solo acoustic blues guitar around the Seattle/Tacoma area. The music is a mix of traditional and modern acoustic instrumentals borrowing heavily from country blues and early southern "delta blues".
At age 9 John started playing in neighborhood bands. At age 17 he was playing guitar for Charlie Pride, Willie Nelson, Jack Jones, and Conway Twitty. (John is much older now.)
John wrote, produced, and engineered three solo albums, scored two indepenent films, has provided music for countless video productions, and has been the musical director for a vast array of bands of all styles.
Born in Orlando, Florida, currently living in Seattle, Washington.
Hobbies: Boating, guitars (obviously).
Influenced by: George Benson, James Burton, Wes Montgomery, Steve Wariner, Chet Atkins, Duane Allman, Tommy Emmanuel, Lonnie Johnson.
I'm a guitar player, mostly electric, steel string acoustic too. I do session work, songwriting, and production projects. I have a well-outfitted home studio for songwriting and some production, and I also work with a nationally acclaimed pro studio here in Seattle. I cover country, country/rock, blues and jazz, both acoustic and electric, solo guitar and full-band arrangements.
I like working with songwriters and can take almost any songwriter's demo (even face-to-face), turn it into a full-blown arrangement suitable for any studio in Nashville, select and hire appropriate instrumentation, produce the project, assist with artwork and duplication, and assist with marketing. If you're interested, drop me some email.
I am a tone fanatic. I love Teles and Strats - have several. My main electric guitar is a late-model Telecaster that has been modified with a humbucker in the neck, a Duncan Nashville Strat pickup in the middle, and a Joe Barden Tele pickup in the bridge.
I'm also using a late-model Dobro (for slide and fretted), a Larrivee C-19, a Martin OM28V (used for the solo country blues project), a Music Man 6 string bass, an early '60s ES-175, a Music Man ASAT, a Deering 6 string banjo, a Ramirez classical, and a Tacoma Papoose. I have several other guitars but these are the ones that get used the most.
I recently acquired a Rainsong and am enjoying it quite a bit. It is now my main gigging guitar (for solo acoustic stuff).
I own about 25 amps of both vintage and modern design. I frequently use a Groove Tubes Soul-O 75, 1x12 combo and an early '60s Fender Princeton Reverb. I'm pretty much a "straight into the amp" kinda guy (with high-quality cable, of course).
The studio is also equipped with many, high quality vintage and modern microphones.
I've performed with Charlie Pride, Willie Nelson, Conway Twitty, and the Jack Jones big band. Based out of Dallas, Texas in the '70s, I played sessions for films, commercials, and theater productions and toured extensively throughout the south.
I'm currently living in Seattle, Washington, collaborating with songwriters, arranging and playing sessions for demos, commercials, and full-length CD projects. I have production credits on several successful regional projects and I try to play out, both solo and with others, whenever there is time. I also work with a very gifted producer/engineer, Darin DiPietro (of Uncle Salty's fame) who himself has many impressive regional projects to his credit.