Jon plays a variety of guitars, adds backing vocals, sings lead on Sky Meets Sea, Laser Beam Love, and Anything, and is chief engineer at One Ride Records’ 1010 Studios. Born near Liverpool, UK, raised in Holland, and a graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara where he studied ethnomusicology, Jon bought his first electric guitar and amp in college with insurance money, when his sister crashed his car. He learned to play, listening to tracks of great blues and country guitarists, while camping for several months in Alaska, on an archeological project. Later, he met and hung with greats like John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, Otis Rush, and Buddy Guy.
Jon is a veteran of many bands in Santa Barbara, and taught sailing for many years. He joined with the Fergs in their first band, The Ride, recording at Abbey Road Studio 2 and playing the Cavern Club in Liverpool, before co-founding Vanaka. He lived aboard a boat with his family for many years, runs a flourishing yacht management business, and maintains a wicked sense of humor.