Jon won the 2018 Triangle Blues Society Blues Challenge in the solo/duo category. Here he is with the winners of the band category, Chicken Shack. In January 2019, they'll all compete in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.

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 disc, Gettin' Handy with the Blues - a Tribute to the Legacy of WC Handy, was released in January, 2018. Shain is currently at work on a new recording project with long-time collaborator FJ Ventre.



Jon has released eleven albums to date.

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Gettin' Handy with the Blues

A Tribute to the Legacy of W.C. Handy

Released Jan. 2018

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.