John Sheldon

2016 Cannabis Conference


John Sheldon, a master guitarist and transformational songwriter, is celebrating his 50th year of writing, composing and performing music. His constantly evolving, cannabis-inspired art layers music, sound, and storytelling to take listeners on journeys through life’s elemental forces, from the earth’s molten center, through the atmosphere, into space, and back. John combines his mastery with a wide range of guitar styles, from folk to classical to blues to Jimi Hendrix, with real-time voices for a unique world of music and feeling. He was Van Morrison’s lead guitarist at age 17, and his songs “September Grass” and “Bittersweet” were featured on James Taylor’s platinum albums “October Road” and “The Best of James Taylor.” Taylor calls him “an amazing songwriter” and a “phenomenon,” and Hendrix called him “a great player.” John has fronted his own bands and written hundreds of songs for film and theater as well as two popular autobiographical musical monologues, “The Red Guitar” and “Journey to Center of the Earth,” inspired by life-altering experiences with ayahuasca in the Amazon. John wrote Wolf 06 as a memorial to the iconic Yellowstone alpha female shot and killed in 2012 and this year’s The Same Water in support of Standing Rock, where he delivered a winterized mobile hospital tent last Thanksgiving. Huffington Post says John has “an uncanny gift for conjuring the wild spirit,” and National Public Radio calls him “one of the great guitarists of our time.” Last summer, the Edinburgh Herald described his sold-out performance at the Edinburgh Fringe as “brilliantly observed, beautifully told!” (@JohnSheldonMusic)