A Note From John
Greetings from Pandemia,
I'm hoping you have all managed to stay safe. I'm counting us as incredibly lucky, having been in audience situations right up to when the shut-down came. All in the family seem safe so far, but we continue to approach it like
a daily challenge. Keep those bandito masks at the ready!
To those of you wishing to send me stuff in these times– Stop yourself. No, really, don't send me stuff to sign.
I've already lost several genuinely great fan letters including stuff to sign, and I'm screwing up. COVID languor seems to bring on autograph seeking. So here's the thing... That's still possible. I can send you a personalized 8x10 with no trouble. There are exceptions: Letters returning to India and Italy are being returned to the U.S. undelivered. So check in at email@example.com and we'll get you fixed up.
Oh yeah, and all 2020 gigs are canceled. See ya in 2021.
A Note From John
Glendale, California was the site of an amazing evening. Wild Honey, a consortium of virtuoso players, assemble each year to raise money and awareness for autism. This year the Spoonful was honored and Steve, Joe, and I attended and
played. Forty tunes, about fifty musicians. If you can wait, superior footage will become available. Right now it's cell phone videos (with that fabulous cell phone sound). Coming soon is the result of the six-camera shoot. Stay tuned.
But while we were all having such fun, who could have guessed that in a week public performance would become unsafe? As we approach this totally unfamiliar life of sanitizer and face masks, we draw an end to a particular part of gigging: the CD line. Look at it like a "That was then and this is now" type thing. I'll be breathing with all of you any time we are able to gig. But for now, the CD line becomes dangerous. So let's be smart.
No Depression magazine covered John's August performance at World Cafe.
"The show turned out to be more than his music. His stories each led to a song, and each story was actually a history of John Sebastian, and The Lovin' Spoonful."
Click through to the magazine's website to read the full review.
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."