John's solo set at the Great South Bay Music Festival was met with great reception:
Without the accompaniment of a band, his years of experience showed as he confidently took command, captivating the audience with the rich histories behind the songs he played. Having everyone singing along, some of them included favorites such as Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Do You Believe In Magic,” “You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice,” “Jug Band Music” and “Daydream.”
Check out the full review and photo set here.
Dave Davies of the Kinks talks about The Lovin' Spoonful.
“The Byrds were a really big influence on me, personally, and The Lovin’ Spoonful, I think, had to be one of the most underrated bands that came out of America at that time,” he tells ABC Radio. He adds that he and his brother, Kinks frontman Ray Davies, “were listening to The Lovin’ Spoonful above and beyond The Beatles.”
Dave says what was significant about The Lovin’ Spoonful was they “started off that kind of integrating lots of different elements — blues, country and folk music and a bit of rock.” He explains that he also is drawn to the music of The Band for the same reason.
Read the full interview here.
John was honored with the 2012 Silver Eagle Patriot Award by the United States Armed Forces at Mira Costa Concert Hall in Oceanside, CA.
John's music is currently heard in commercials for The New York State Lottery, Vanilla Coke, Gatorade, Kohl's and Pepsi.
John has been inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.
New YouTube video: Times Herald Record reporter Steve Israel talks with John about his roots, how he got to Woodstock and his legendary career.
John's latest recording, Satisfied (Acoustic Disk/Koch) has gone to #8 on Billboard's Top Bluegrass albums. The CD features Sebastian originals as well as folk/blues duets with mandolin master David Grisman. Elmore Magazine is calling the collection "as comfortable as a front-porch swing."
2017 TOUR DATES
Largo Cultural Center
Delray Beach, FL
March 13 & 14
Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts
City Hall and Auditorium
Tarrytown Music Hall
With David Bromberg
Susie's Cause Bluegrass & Folk Festival
New concerts will be listed here as soon as they are confirmed.
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