CanJoe*John's Previous Stage and Festival Performances

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CanJoe*John  performed and also provided a workshop for the Senior Citizens Center of Kingsport, TN from 12noon-2pm on Tuesday, May 13, in celebration of National Senior Citizen Week.

CanJoe*John was a featured performer and headlined with Sonny Smith, the 1998 national banjo picker of the year, at the Big Frog Mountain Bluegrass Festival held on Memorial Day weekend, May 25, 2003, Hwy 64, Cleveland TN. This event was sponsored by the Traditional Music Resource Center of Cleveland, TN (go to He was backed by Appalachian Strings with the featured vocals of Kerensa Smith and the folks at this event loved the show according to the great guest page entries on the canjoe web site.

CanJoe*John conducted 3 workshops teaching students of three elementary schools in Pickens County, SC on making homemade instruments. These workshops also focused on the history and performance of Old Time traditional music and was part of the preparation for the attending students who will all take part in a grand performance at the Pickens County Heritage Festival held on the grounds of the  Pickens County historic Haygood Mill.

CanJoe*John and Amber Morgan attended Fan Fair 2003...they appeared at their booth at the convention center June 5-8, 2003 as well as at several  downtown Nashville venues during America's biggest "Country Music Fair" held annually in Nashville, TN

CanJoe*John attended and performed at the 1st Newry Bluegrass Festival where he also won 1st place in the Old Time fiddle competition. He was also declared the best canjoe picker of Oconee County by the panel of judges in this historic town of Newry, SC

CanJoe*John performed to a packed house at the Nashville Palace, backed by Steve Hill and the Nashville Palace Pickers with a rousing, thunderous applause by the great audience during the weekend of the CMA FanFair 2003, Nashville, TN

CanJoe*John and Amber Morgan  performed in Hamilton, Ohio at the Butler County "Bell Casting" Celebration on July 4, 2003. They were invited as special entertainers for all attending this 200th anniversary celebration of Ohio's bicentennial as a U.S. state.

 CanJoe*John attended the 7th Annual Doc Watson Festival held in Sugar Grove, NC on July 11-12 to help celebrate Doc's 80th birthday.

CanJoe*John performed at the annual Warrior Path State Park's "Folk Life Festival"  held at the beautiful Kingsport, Tennessee state park, July 19, 2003 at 6pm.

CanJoe*John performed two great shows on the Museum Stage backed by Appalachian Strings with vocals by DorNel Pratt at the Appalachian Fair on Wednesday, August 20, 2003 at 7pm and at 8:30pm. This was the 77th annual fair at Gray, TN and was attended by >280,000. Also, the CanJoe Store was open in booth #337 from Aug 15-23 during the fair hours. For more information on this #1 fair

CanJoe*John headlined with the Skillet Lickers (included in his performance were many students from A.R. Lewis, Pickens, and Six Mile elementary schools) at the historic Hagood Mill for the Pickens County Upstate Heritage Festival,  September 20, 2003, Pickens, SC

CanJoe*John finished his Freedom Tour 2003 (Oct. 23-Nov 9) traveling the southern route to California and back. The first scheduled stop was New Orleans to work on a video project with producer Dave LeBlanc. After crossing Texas, he cantinued on to Tucson, AZ where he taped a special TV program with producer Will Almich, SR. and interviewed on three other live TV broadcasts on the Harvest Time Cable Networks (airing the week of Oct. 30th). After spending a few days with his parents in Yuma, AZ  he  then proceeded to Studio City, CA to record his album, "An Uncanny Christmas" with producer and musician, Tom Conrad.  After several days (and nights) in the studio with Tom, he then traveled to San Diego, CA to see his daughter, HM2 Angela Boyer upon her return from Iraq with the USS Nimitz. He toured the ship with Angela, her husband Dan and grandson, Schuyler...the blue star flag on frequent display during the Freedom Tour 2003 was presented to Angela and the cross country return trip was successfully canpleted.

CanJoe*John performed for the veterans, members and families of the American Legion,  Damascus, VA on Veterans Day, November 11, 2003

Featured performer at "Farm Expo 2004", Meadowview Convention Center, Kingsport, TN

Performer for the "Spring Garden Fair 2004" at the historic Exchange Place, Kingsport, TN

Sullivan County Library for summer children's event, Blountville, TN.

"Heritage Days", Hilton's Elementary School, Hiltons, VA (2x)

"Western Days Festival", John F. Kennedy Elementary School, Kingsport, TN

Johnson Elementary School, special entertainment, Kingsport, TN

Tri-State Tractor Show, Gray, TN; performed for 5 hours for over 1500 children (annually)

Childrens Shows

"Show Biz Saturday", Theatre Bristol, Bristol, TN: workshops and performances, (spring and fall)

"Appalachian Homecoming", Theatre Bristol, Bristol, TN

Autumn Chase Festival, Children's Show, Bristol, TN

Cultural Heritage Workshop for Teachers Association of Southwest Virginia, Bristol, VA.

City of Bristol Recycling Event, Avoca Elementary School, Bristol, TN

Akard Elementary School "Heritage Days", Bristol, TN

Mary Hughes Elementary School (twice), Piney Flats, TN

CanJoe*John at the Sullivan County Tractor Association is holding their annual tractor pull and show May 17th through the 19th, 2002 on the grounds of the Blountville Middle School, Blountville, TN. As the kick off entertainment for the children's "Farm & Field Day" on Friday the 17th at 9AM, CanJoe*John will perform a 40 minute show of fiddle, strum stick, and canjoe music at Blountville Elementary School's cafeteria stage.

SCORE summer school program for  the K1-5th grades of A.R. Lewis Elementary, Pickens Elementary, and Six Mile Elementary schools of Pickens County, SC (see entry in festivals section)

Featured Performer at the first "Tosco Music Party for Kids" on the prestigious stage of the Great Aunt Stella Center, Charlotte, NC

CanJoe*John Performed at the Warrior's Path State Park annual "Old Timey Day" July 18, 2004, Kingsport, TN

TV Shows

CanJoe*John can be seen interviewing and playing his canjoe and strumstick on cable channel 19, Nashville, TN on the Singer Songwriter Etc program hosted by the fine singer/songwriter and entertainer, Arthur Moore

CanJoe*John with hostess, Dornel Pratt on "Bluegrass in the Mountains" on Heritage TV, broadcast in southwestern Virginia and eastern Kentucky from Norton, VA

3 live interviews on the "Access Tucson" station, Tucson, AZ

Cable Country News with Tim Cable, WJHL-TV11, Johnson City, TN : 4 different episodes beginning in 1996 to 2002

Several interviews on WCYB-TV5, Bristol, VA: "News at Noon" with Amy Lynn, Johnny Woods, Tara Taylor

Some Famous and Proud Owners of Canjoes.

The late Bill Monroe, Claire Lynch, Raymond Fairchild, Little Roy Lewis, Ricky Skaggs, Loretta Lynn, Mike Snider, Jesse McReynolds, Doc Watson, Brian Ford (son of Tennessee Ernie Ford), Charlie Daniels


Membership's of CanJoe*John

Music City Christian Fellowship (MCCF), Nashville, TN

BMI, Nashville, TN

Christian Country Music Association (CCMA), Nashville, TN

Traditional Appalachian Music Heritage Association (TAMHA)

Music Committee Member of  1st Annual Rhythm & Roots Festival, Bristol, TN/VA

Music Committee Chairman of the Pioneer Days Festival, Maryville TN

Grass Roots Committee of the Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau for a regional festival

CanJoe*John was the special guest of Mike Snider performing on the world famous stage of the Ryman Auditorium on the Grand Ole Opry, Nov.4, 2006: see slides on video and hear audio of performance at

Featured opening main stage performance July 2007 at the Chitagua Festival of Wytheville, VA followed by the legendary "Joey Dee & the Starlighters", and then the legendary "Platters".

Cameo 45 minute appearance on the "Little Pickers Stage" of Merlefest 2006 followed by a performance by the legendary Pete Seeger






Interested in booking a performance by CanJoe*John ?

Contact by phone 423-323-0174 or email for dates and availability

The CanJoe Company/ 2357 Feathers Chapel Rd/ Blountville. TN 37617

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