John's songs tell stories. He is inspired by Cliff Eberhardt, Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Springsteen, and the fact that his mother loved to sing along with her AM car radio. When the great Texan George Brown moved to Baltimore and John heard him sing “Pancho and Lefty,” he knew he had to learn to play. George taught him, and also that music is for bringing people in, not excluding. Other important influences include The Bank Street Band, Kate Campbell, Cliff Eberhardt Seth Connelly, and Dick Pleasants.
Beyond his CD "Letters Home," accomplishments John is most proud of are his song "Liar's War (Letter Home)" receiving honorable mention at the 2005 Boston Folk Festival Singer Songwriter Contest and playing at the SAMW stage at the 2007 Boston Folk Festival.