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Ever since he can remember, John has been surrounded by music. As a child he spent hours listening to a family record collection that included everything from classical to jazz, show tunes to pop and music from a variety of different cultures and countries. John has always been musical, piano lessons, school choir etc. Then he discovered the Beatles – life was good! He remembers spending his hard earned paper route money to buy every one of their records.

A dream he had in high school changed his life. “I woke up the next morning and knew I had to have a guitar”. He managed to wrangle his sister’s old beat up nylon string and he never looked back. He began taking classical lessons while teaching himself other styles and experimenting with songwriting and improvisation.

John studied music at the University of Colorado Denver. Although professionally trained, his approach to music has always been an intuitive, emotional one, “I’ve always gotten more from just listening to and really experiencing music than from analyzing it”.

John started paying his dues not long after he got his first “real” guitar, a now well worn Fender Telecaster. After playing in several bands in the Boulder/Denver area, John decided it was time to strike out on his own. The result is his stunning debut CD “The Well”

The Band: John is fortunate to be joined by some of the finest musicians in the area who also just happen to be great guys to hang with.

Andy Sweetser: Everyone knows that a band is only as good as its drummer and Andy does not disappoint. Having played every genre from jazz to metal in more bands than we have space to mention, he has honed a style which is rock steady but also dynamic and musical.

Matt Skellenger: Matt has been performing and composing music on the electric bass for over fourteen years. It is his favorite thing to do and over the years he has had the privilege of playing with and learning from many amazing musicians. He is a co-founder of the avant-rock band Katalyst and also performs with his own group, The Matt Skellenger Quartet.
Matt lays down a big fat solid bottom end but also amazes crowds with his blazing chops.

Glenn Taylor: Glenn grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where, inspired by country-rock bands like the Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage and The Flying Burrito Brothers, he started playing pedal steel guitar. Within a few months of relocating to Colorado, he was playing country music most nights of the week in bars and clubs in Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming. Since then Glenn has delved into jazz and African Pop and played in bands including, Orchestra King Mama, Monkey Siren, The Railbenders, Ron Miles’ Blossom, and his own Glenn Taylor Orchestra. He is the designer, builder, and purveyor of Moyo pedal steel guitars. Glenn’s great strength is that he enjoys taking pedal steel into new territories and does not confine himself to its traditional sound. As Glenn likes to say “Pedal steel guitar is an instrument and not a musical style”

Bill McKay: Bill grew up in Westchester County, New York, where he sang in the church choir as a young lad and began studying classical piano. Throughout high school, he pursued training in jazz theory, and played in a number of bands. Bill was the keyboardist and primary vocalist for the Derek Trucks Band, after which he joined Leftover Salmon, the legendary jamgrass band with whom he still performs the occasional show. The Bill McKay band is currently keeping him quite busy but he still found time to play some great tracks on John’s new CD and sits in with the band from time to time.