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.

Last August at Durham's Blue Note Grill, 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
2018 TBS Blues Challenge Winners

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. Shain’s latest solo disc, Gettin' Handy with the Blues - a Tribute to the Legacy of WC Handy, was released in January, 2018. Shain's newest release is Tomorrow Will Be Yesterday Soon, with long-time collaborator FJ Ventre.



Jon has released twelve albums to date.

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Tomorrow Will Be Yesterday Soon

Jon Shain and FJ Ventre

Released November 2018

Gettin' Handy with the Blues

A Tribute to the Legacy of W.C. Handy

Jon's first completely solo acoustic guitar and vocal record, recorded it in two days in fall 2017 with FJ Ventre co-producing at his Good Luck Studio. The idea for the project came from Steve Kelly and the Craven Arts Council in New Bern, NC, as part of their American composers series of concerts.

Jon was a featured guest on North Carolina Public Radio WUNC's "The State of Things" to talk about this album. Listen here.