John was born in Lawrence, KS where as a youngster he bought a set of drums from Dewey Richardson and got much of his knowledge and experience from playing jams, dance bands and the like around town. While playing with a blues band, it was discovered John was adept playing bass as well! He played with Jimmy Rodgers (who we heard at Leland Jones’ Country Pickin Opry) and for Byron Jones in Richmond, MO. at the old Farris Theatre. Recalling those days, he remembered playing with Tommy Cash who wouldn’t sing any of his brother Johnny’s songs (“I don’t see why I should; he doesn’t sing any of mine!”), Buck Trent who played banjo for Porter Wagoner for so many years, Randy Travis and Larry Moore, who although he has been a television newscaster on KMBC for over three decades, could have been a singer or stand-up comedian if he had chosen, according to John. John and his wife, Beth were married March 4, 2011 and live in Overland Park. He has two sons and one daughter.
Sadly, John passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on November 4, 2013. He will be missed greatly.