John was born in Georgia and started life as a southern gentleman; soaking up the quiet early years in the red clay, tall pines and shaded creeks south of Atlanta. His family relocated to the Midwest during his parents divorce to be closer to his mother's family, and he spent his formative years fishing and daydreaming on his grandparents farm just outside of St. Joseph, MO.
His music is a reflection of the places and people he’s met along his path in life. Their stories are told as a way of personal reflection on the experience, in a search for understanding. Always based on some version of the truth, occasionally romanticized to protect the guilty.
His influences like most people who call themselves singer songwriters are the legends people have come to think of in the genre: Bob Dylan, Neil Young, John Prine, Paul Simon, Townes Van Zandt, Willie Nelson, Warren Zevon, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen and the like.