Big Jon Short / Press

"...Short imbues his new record with heart and soul, even when the hard times are knocking on his door. “Skin & Bones” and “Skinny Jean Mama” are originals that seamlessly fit alongside Short’s fresh arrangement of “Crossroads” and lesser-known country blues staple “Long Hair Doney.” He somehow pushes his own sound back in time while pulling the old music forward, all of it settling into a comfortable meeting spot that honors the tradition without getting shackled by it.”

“2010 International Blues Challenge Semi-Finalist”

“2010 Artist Fellowship Award”

Worcester Cultural Commission

“2010 Lyon/Pichford Cigarbox Champion”

Memphis, TN

"He sings and plays with unabashed honesty and fervor..."

Juke Joint Soul Review of "LIVE at Terra Blues"

"Short and Santini are explosive: Raucous rhythms, slashing slide, and breathless harp fill the disc."

“...high flyin’ acoustic guitar work.. Short finger picks and sings like Blind Willie McTell-meets-Tommy Johnson.”

“Voted Best Blues Musician 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009”

“Named one of 27 to watch in 2007”

“Voted Best Blues/R&B/Swing Band 2006”

The Pulse Magazine

"...acoustic-blues demon Jon Short kept his winning streak going with “Backporch Blues.”

This year in Music - Telegram & Gazette

"Another steel-carved gem..."

Telegram & Gazette

“Artist of the month”

January 2007 - Downstate NY Blues Association

“Influenced by a style that is steeped in the tradition of southern bluesmen who played in the era before World War II, Short stomps through his tunes on a National Reso-Phonic Delphi steel-bodied resonator guitar.”

Charlene Arsenault - Worcester Magazine

“This is the disc for fans of rustic acoustic blues... Short wails on resonator guitar and invokes the spirit of Robert Johnson and the like with his original tunes and interpretations of Delta and Piedmont classics”

Telegram & Gazette

“Knoxville Blues,” a bit of angst and sorrow from a bedraggled soul...”

Telegram & Gazette

“...Short’s own originals demonstrate a facility with the various nuances of the acoustic blues. He latched onto the various regional overtones and different guitar-picking styles spread across the acoustic blues for fine results.”

Telling, singing the stories of the blues - Telegram & Gazette