John Baldwin
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John Baldwin

Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States | INDIE

Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States | INDIE
Band Rock Blues


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"CD review - Wide Alive and Dreaming"

John Baldwin is considered one of Hampton Roads' preeminent blues guitarists, but when you give 'Wide Alive and Dreaming' a complete spin it becomes quite evident that Baldwin's scope is much broader.

From classic sounding rock and contemporary country to blues and jazz, Baldwin's skills as songwriter, guitarist, and singer are really amazing. "Shades of you", for instance, is an 8 minute jazz piece with ample room for Baldwin to rip it up, and he does.

Scott Woods' organ complements Baldwin's early '70s foray on "Tempted". "Baby I believe in you" is uplifting and takes a page from Van Halen's pop/rock songbook.

Diversities aside, Baldwin is a true bluesman and "Mistreated", "Redemption Blues", and "I've been down" capture the Memphis and New Orleans vibe.
- Ninevolt Magazine, Norfolk, VA, 2005

""Why cry the blues?" short CD review"

John Baldwin’s recently unveiled 'Wide Alive and Dreaming' has got to be one of this year’s highlights for guitar-solo enthusiasts. Recorded and mixed in Virginia Beach, the disc’s 17 tracks, all written by Baldwin, display a range of styles and finesse reminiscent of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eddie Van Halen. - Virginian Pilot 2005


Still working on that hot first release.



John Baldwin has opened up for Steely Dan, Michael McDonald, Gary US Bonds, Smokin' Joe Kubek, Rusted Root, Delbert McClinton and John Hammond. Baldwin is the winner of the PortFolio Magazine Best Blues Artist award. Baldwin is the first person an agent calls in southeastern Virginia if they want a seasoned rock/blues artist. Baldwin also has contributed instrumental music to the mega-hit TV shows "American Idol," "Dateline," "Crossing Jordan," & "Parental Control." Baldwin performs 150 shows a year both as a rock trio and as a solo acoustic act. Baldwin plays numerous rock and blues festivals. He played for 10 consecutive years in front of tens of thousands of people at the Beach Street USA festival and played at the VA Beach Amphitheater. John's upcoming CD features Tommy Newsom's penultimate big band arrangement of the Baldwin original "Gina Marie". Other special guests include Will Lee, Dennis Wage, James Dower, Saundra Williams, Dan CiPriano & Ivan Bodley.

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