Fusion of music, words, and percussion from John Sheldon and Blue Streak
GREENFIELD, MA- The master guitarist and virtuosic songwriter John Sheldon is coming to Hawks and Reed with his western Massachusetts-based band Blue Streak.
After 50 years of writing, composing and performing music across the country, Sheldon is still delighting audiences with his unique style of electric and acoustic guitar delivered with passion, wit, and good humor.
Sheldon stands shoulder to shoulder with rock music royalty. When he was just 17 years old, he spent some time as the lead guitarist for Van Morrison before leaving the band to finish high school.
Sheldon grew up with James Taylor, wrote music and toured with him, and bought from Taylor one of his first guitars. In fact, Taylor wrote “Something in the Way She Moves” about Sheldon’s sister, Phoebe, whom he was dating at the time.
Sheldon was a founding member of the 1960s psychedelic jazz rock band The Bead Game with drummer Jim Hodder of Steely Dan, and later toured with renowned vocalist Linda Ronstadt. Since 1978, Sheldon has written hundreds of songs and instrumentals, spanning 13 albums of his own music.
Sheldon dabbles in other creative collaborations, too. He co-founded a new musical and spoken word collaboration, Do It Now, with percussionist Tony Vacca and beat poet laureate Paul Richmond. Recently, he has performed with internationally acclaimed Senegalese talking drum master Massamba Diop.
Last year Sheldon played Hawks and Reed with Annie Guthrie, the daughter of famed folk musician Arlo Guthrie.
Sheldon now plays select shows throughout the Connecticut River Valley with his hand-picked band Blue Streak, made of up musicians Peter Kim, John Kokoszyna, Joe Nerney, and Bruce Dobbins.
John Sheldon and Blue Streak will perform Saturday, January 25. Doors open at 6:30 pm, show begins at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 the day of show. Hawks and Reed is at 289 Main Street. For more information visit hawksandreed.com.