Open to Interpretation
What can I say about a man who plays guitar somewhere between Tommy Emmanuel and Chet Atkins and who writes great music in several different genres? Probably a lot of things, but we'll focus on the music for this article. I was doing reviews on Broadjam back in September of 2007, when I heard the most beautiful and emotional guitar instrumental I had probably ever heard in my life. Believe me, that's saying a lot, since I own thousands of CDs and albums and have listened to a broad range of music all my life. John is a true musician. He takes pride in his music, from working diligently on a melody line for several hours and then two or three days of recording the song flawlessly. And if that's not enough, he goes in and tweaks instruments and the mix until it is perfected even more. There are several styles of music at play in John's genre. I would almost categorize him as unique, because the music can cross genre into many styles. Before I review, I have to say, that there is a deep emotional connection between what John writes in his music. That alone is so refreshing to hear in this cookie-cutter-looped world of music that we live in nowadays. Some people think they can go to a seminar and chunk out a hit after a couple of hours. While others work at their craft to find the tie to themselves and what will inevitably become a hit, just from sharing the music that resides in their heart and soul. Nothing against people who can go to a seminar and cough up a hit in two hours, but what's invested in it and what story does that tell? I have always felt the late comedian Bill Hicks said it best, "I like my music written by people who have experienced life." And so do I. You can hear it in their playing and you can hear it in their expression. That's what ties us to the artist and that's what makes us invest our time in getting to know them through their music. John has this, hands down, a true songsmith. John is an award winning song writer having placed a dozen songs in the winning categories of many different songwriting contest. He also holds two dozen non exclusive publishing deals for many of the songs on this CD.