Jon Shain is a veteran singer-songwriter who’s been turning heads for years with his words, his fiery acoustic guitar work, and his evolved musical style – combining improvised piedmont blues with bluegrass, swing, and ragtime. Jon has released twelve albums to date. Shain’s newest album, Never Found a Way to Tame the Blues, recorded with duo partner FJ Ventre, was released on July 9, 2021. Shain has also recently become a published author, with the summer 2022 release of his music book, Gettin’ Handy With the Blues – a Tribute to the Legacy of W.C. Handy on Mel Bay Publications.

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2019 International Blues Challenge Winner

Jon took first place in the solo/duo category of the 2019 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, besting over 260 competitors for the win. Watch video of Jon’s winning performance and read the News & Observer’s feature.

Jon won the 2018 Triangle Blues Society‘s Blues Challenge in the solo/duo category, sending him on to the International Challenge. The band Chicken Shack won in their category.

IBC 2019