| Appalachian musician, mandolin, guitar, banjo & song, Asheville, NC

photo by Terry Manier

John's music reminds me of being in the Blue Ridge Mountains, high on a hill all alone and hearing the sound of the mountains coming from all around and filling your soul with the feeling that everything is just right in that place. His voice is strong and pure and harkens back to a time when there was no need for electronic enhancement and tuning adjustments. In short, John is the real thing and is just incredible.”

- Riley Baugus


It’s been a busy year!   My band, Red June, returned to the studio in December to record our third album, Ancient Dreams, which was released on Organic Records in April.  In addition to the band, I’ve also had a lot of performances this year with my wife and amazing fiddler, Natalya Weinstein as our duet project, Zoe & Cloyd (our middle names). Check it out if you like traditional bluegrass and old-time music with a dose of originality.  We’re in the process of recording an album and are looking forward to its release in early 2015. 

2013 was a big year for me as I was excited to win 1st prize in the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest in the bluegrass category with my song, Cloud of Dust.  Also, last year I was awarded a NC Artist Fellowship for songwriting from the NC Arts Council.  The goal of the fellowship is to support the creative development of NC artists and I was very honored to be one of just two winners selected from over 50 applicants. 

As always, be sure to check out the Red June and Zoe & Cloyd sites for updates and performance schedules.

Thanks for visiting!

- John