April 2, 1949 – May 17, 2018 Remembering “Jon” Sholle

Remembering Jonathan T “Jon” Sholle, (April 2, 1949 – May 17, 2018) in New York City, was an American guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, and musician who played bluegrass, jazz, rock, country, roots music, and folk music.
While he started playing professionally as early as high school, over his 40+ year career, Sholle worked with such musicians as Vassar Clements, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, Larry Campbell, Keith Carradine, Allen Ginsberg, Bela Fleck, and Bette Midler. Sholle released two solo albums with Rounder Records – Catfish for Supper and Out of the Frying Pan. He also compiled and wrote the liner notes for the 1996 Rounder Records compilation Rounder Bluegrass Guitar, as well as producing the two albums he released through Rounder.
Sholle won both the 1967 and 1968 “World Champion Guitar” at the Union Grove Fiddler’s convention.
He passed away peacefully at home in Ossining, NY. He was battling an aggressive cancer.

About the author

I enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie

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