Jon Shain

Jon Shain is a veteran singer-songwriter known for his words and his fiery acoustic guitar work, and an evolved musical style that combines improvised Piedmont blues with bluegrass, swing, and ragtime. As a young man, he had the good fortune to learn directly from a number of North Carolina’s older blues players, and became a member of Big Boy Henry’s backing band. Jon is the 2019 winner of the International Blues Challenge in the solo/duo category. His album Gettin’ Handy with the Blues: A Tribute to the Legacy of W.C.Handy was published last year by Mel Bay as a book of fingerstyle guitar arrangements. Also a record producer, Shain has produced a number of successful folk and roots records for other artists at Good Luck Studio in Chapel Hill, NC.

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