| 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


As usual there are lots of music projects going on...just the way I like it!  I’ve had a lot of performances recently 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 just released an album entitled Equinox this year and we’re excited to share it with you!  It was heralded by No Depression Magazine as “one of the essential traditional albums of the year.”  Wow!!

Our other band, Red June, released our third album, Ancient Dreams, on Organic Records in April 2014.  Here’s what Bluegrass Unlimited had to say about it: 

With one foot firmly planted in Appalachian tradition and the other stretching to reach new ground, Red June showcases stellar three-part harmonies and incredible instrumental work on this third CD.”

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