Armed with foot percussion, a National Reso-phonic Guitar and Lowebow cigar-box reso-hillharp, Big Jon Short’s high energy solo performances bring a foot-stomping show that taps into the heart of the songs, regional styles, and folklore of the Blues and its importance to American music.Based in the Northeast US, he travels and performs between 150-200 shows per year in BBQ joints, blues rooms and festivals from Massachusetts to Mississippi. With performing experience in fifteen states, and five countries over the last ten years he has been able to perform at some of the best known venues for Blues music and for more than two years he held a residency at the famed Terra Blues in NYC – all while continuing his work as a public school teacher, running Blues in Schools programs and workshops. In 2010 he was awarded the Worcester Cultural Commission Artist Fellowship for his work as a Blues performer and educator and he is currently supporting his most recent live field recording of country blues “34 Special”.
Shared stage/festivals/opened for:
David “HoneyBoy” Edwards, John Hammond, Taj Mahal, Paul Rishell & Annie Raines, Rory Block, Charlie Musselwhite, Elvin Bishop, Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers, Shemeika Copeland, Henry Butler, Booker T. Jones, James “Superchikan” Johnson, Big George Brock & the Houserockers, Robert Belfour, North Mississippi All Stars, Jimbo Mathus, Bobby Rush, T-Model Ford, Robert "The Wolfman" Belfour, James Montgomery, Duke Robillard, Troy Gonyea, Kerry Kearney, Reggie Walley, Toni Lynn Washington, Willie King & the Liberators, Cedric Burnside, Kent Burnside, Lightnin’ Malcolm, LC Ulmer, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, Terry "Harmonica" Bean, Big Jack Johnson, John Sinclair, Billy Gibson Band, Brandon Santini, Michael Powers, Ray Shinnery, Saron Crenshaw, Michael Hill, Slam Allen, Frank Morey & His Band, Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood, Chris Fitz Band, Seth Yacavone, Junior Brown, Pete Huttlinger, Ed Gerhard, Rev.Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Hillstomp, Jawbone, The Delta Generators, Ten Foot Polecats, Pork Chop Willie, The Cannibal Ramblers, Max Creek, Strangefolk, Zen Tricksters, Ryan Montbleau