John Gillespie

John Gillespie





John Gillespie hails from New York. As an 8 yr old child he began taking private piano lessons. By age 10 he decided to take up the guitar and continued taking lessons. Throughout his teenage years he listened to the records belonging to his older sisters - absorbing the sounds of Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers Band, Bonnie Raitt and the like.


Reading the credits and liner notes on the back of the record jackets John realized “Hey, Eric Clapton


Didn’t write Crossroads and the Allman Brothers didn’t write Statesboro Blues- who the heck is Robert Johnson and Blind Willie McTell ?” He started to trace the music back to it’s roots- the blues.


At age 14 his sisters took him to his first concert, Hot Tuna. Hearing the finger-style blues of guitarist Jorma Kaukonen delighted his ears and decided to indulge himself deep into the blues.




John continued jamming with friends in high school and beyond. Playing with different people along the way, he soon became frustrated that nothing seemed to click. He decided to take a solo approach and began taking finger- style guitar lessons with the famous Long Island Bluesman, Little Toby Walker. Soon after he began to perform as a solo artist.




A number of years passed by and John and an old friend reunited and formed a band called The Hellhounds. They recorded 3 CD’S between 1995 and 2001 and were part of a number of compilation recordings, Receiving high praise from music producers like Bruce Iglauer of Alligator Records, countless musicians and wonderful reviews from Blues Revue Magazine, Blues Beat and Big City Blues Magazine, to name a few. They performed at concerts, festivals and nightclubs all over the U.S. and have shared the stage and opened for such performers as John Hammond, Robert Lockwood Jr., Bob Margolin, Roy BookBinder, Hubert Sumlin, Rod Piazza and the Mighty flyers and countless others. After about a ten-year stint the Hellhounds parted ways. From 2015 - 2017 John was part of the central NY based "The Swamp Drivers".

With the release of his 2013 cd "Bout time" John recieved much attention and positive responses. John plays acoustic, electric and slide guitar as well as harmonica and mandolin, playing various styles of the blues, traditional and original compositions. He performs solo as well as duo, trio and full band.













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