John has sung and played guitar in country and rock bands in Ohio and Northern California since 1970. After locating to the Bay Area in 1976, he worked as a soloist and in duos and trios in popular San Francisco entertainment clubs such as the Tarr & Feathers Saloon and the Eagle Cafe. John played lead guitar with SF songwriter Jamie Clark’s band, and he had his own country & classic rock band “The Jolly Ranchers” in the SF area until 2008. John was a close musical partner with guitarist Paul Robinson, and singer Katie Rose, and played in the blues band “Roadwork” with drummer Roy Blumenfeld of the famed “Blues Project”. He toured as a bassist with Canadian cowboy legend Ian Tyson in 1990. Before joining Tequila Rose, he was lead guitarist in the New Jersey based Tom Petty tribute band “Damn the Torpedoes".