colin john

colin john

 Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA

"This is what Jimi Hendrix might have sounded like if he had abandonded the rat-race,moved to Hawaii, taken up surfing and let the sun and waves bestow their laid-back highs"-Guitar Player Magazine on Colin's music


An accomplished, versatile musician,Colin commands the stage with both his guitar prowess and passionate singing.
Coming from The Big Island of Hawai'i, Colin John,"The Transpacific Bluesman" is internationally regarded and recognized as a unique musician, possessing equal skill on acoustic, resonator and electric guitars. As a slide player,Colin's facility as both lap and bottleneck styles- as well as a formidable fingerpicker- is impressive.
His command and synthesis of genres including blues,soul and Hawaiian was described by the British music magazine Mojo as “Ferociously entertaining funked-up R&B� by Blues Revue as,"Mississippi Meets Maui" and Guitar Player Magazine said,
"This is what Jimi Hendrix might have sounded like if he abandoned the rat race, moved to Hawaii, taken up surfing and let the sun and waves bestow their laid-back highs."
Colin has played extensively in England, the USA, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Holland, Canada, Belgium, Denmark and Spain.

To date, Colin has recorded six solo albums, featuring diverse musicians from Al Green's band and Eric Clapton's group. He has guested on albums by Michael Hill, Hubert Sumlin and played alongside many notable American & British blues and roots artists including B.B.King, Pinetop Perkins, Hank Ballard, James Cotton, Phil Guy and Big Jack Johnson,

2015 finds Colin playing select dates as a both a solo acoustic performer, with his electric power trio and with Long Tall Deb.
Colin is currently collaborating with Hawaiian musicians Kalani Souza and Chris Shaeffer for an upcoming national theatre/music production based on ecology issues called, "The Big Blue O".

In addition to live performances, Colin works with the Maui-based Arts Education for Children Group helping children to realize their musical ambitions through learning about the blues and performing.

Colin endorses and is a featured artist at


Norman Fogelsong-Founder Kona Jazz Festival

Alan Richmond, Board of Directors, Monterey Blues

B.B. King, Musician

Mattson Davis, CEO Kona Brewing Company

Bryant Neal, Chairman Arts Education for Children, Maui, Hawaii

Susan Cadgene-Elmore Magazine


Colin John Albums:

New Voodoo Two album , "Haints"out Jan 2010. This is Colin's new roots duo.

New Cd, "Transpacific Blues" out now-a highly regarded combination of acoustic blues and Hawaiian Slack Key guitar. One reviewer called it, "A sonic solo masterpiece"

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further info:

"New CD with Cliff Starbuck-"General Delivery" Out Now"

*New acoustic release,"Fresh Folk Blues" with Michael Hill out July 2008*

*Acousticland Lady-National Street Date October 25 2005*

Double Impact

Live In The Spirit

Live From Hell


Grooveyard Devils

Live Voodoo Surfing

With Others:

Michael Hill-Black Gold and Goddesses Bold

Little Mike and the Tornados-Heart Attack

CJ and The Hot Mess Co.-Funky Business

Ric Lee and Ian Ellis-Back Again

Gary Brooker and Friends- Live at Dunsfold

Ben Waters-Shakin' in the Makin'

Henry Gray and Short Fuse-Self Titled

Pinetop Perkins-After Hours

Big Joe Turner-Memphis Blues Caravan

The Hodges Brothers-Perfect Gentlemen

Venus Rising , from, "Evolution", "It Ain't Me" from Grooveyard Devils and "11 Months & 29 Days" from Acousticland Lady are all garnering airplay, both in the USA and Europe, As well as tracks from, "Black Gold and Goddesses Bold"

Colin is available for select touring and recording opportunities as a sideman on lap steel and acoustic and electric guitars.

Set List

Typica Sets are generally 45-60 minutes long and combine acoustic and electric presentations.