| 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 big year so far!  In April I won 1st prize in the 2013 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest in the bluegrass category with my song, Cloud of Dust.  Considering there were so many excellent submissions I was excited and humbled to come out on top.  Also, I was recently informed that I’ve been 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.   

My band, Red June is looking forward to returning to the studio in December to record our third album to be released on Organic Records in April.  I can’t wait!  In addition to the band, I also perform with my wife and amazing fiddler, Natalya Weinstein as a duet under our middle names, Zoe & Cloyd.  Check it out if you like traditional bluegrass and old-time music (with a dose of originality).  As always, be sure to check out the Red June and Zoe & Cloyd sites for updates and performance schedules.

Also, if you missed us on UNC-TV's North Carolina Weekend in December, here is a link to the segment. 

Thanks for visiting!