jon check

jon check


A diverse blend of rock, soul, gospel and blues...youthful exuberance, postive energy and a voice you'll never forget.


Originally from Philadelphia, Jon Check quickly established himself as a songwriting and performing phenomenon in Pittsburgh. His work as a stellar session guitar player landed him in the Rolodex of Mr. Small’s Funhouse, a studio and performance venue. Owner Liz Berlin (of Rusted Root fame) arranged for Check, who was only 22 at the time, to receive financial backing from the studio to make his debut album. She also contributed vocals to the track “If You Come with Me.” Check self-produced the album.

Response to the record since its release in late 2006 has been explosive. His honest, gravely voice, and vintage vibe generated comparisons to Van Morrison in the local press. In the last weeks of December, “If You Come With Me” was the most played song in national rotation on Pittsburgh’s WYEP, receiving more spins than Norah Jones, Bob Dylan, Ray LaMontagne, Tom Waits and Jackie Greene. The album was a top ten year-end staff pick, even though it was released less than two months before the end of the year, and the station invited him into the studio for two on-air interview and performance sessions.

Check is a captivating performer, whether playing solo acoustic, with an organ trio or while leading an 8-piece band featuring horns and background singers --- all arrangements that he implements regularly. Throughout the past year, he has appeared at the most prestigious venues in the east, including The World Café Live, The Paradise Lounge, The 8x10, Mr. Small’s Theater and Coda, among others, and has appeared with artists such as Jackie Greene and Ben Folds. Jon has recently been added in rotation on WXPN in Philly and is expanding his fan-base rapidly.


For the life of me

Written By: Jon Check

I don't need a window
to look up at the sky
Don't need a drink in my hand to feel high
So why do I keep looking
at the bottom of this well
for answers in the emptiness
I'll never fill

And sometimes I forget
All there is to know
That knowing isn't everything
No it's not anything at all
and the finest things I've found
They hit me when I'm blind
I can't see for the life of me
Unless I close my eyes and say

Take this love you put in my hand
The easiest thing to understand
I'm through looking up to who
I barely recognize
If you'll be waiting by in the end

And today we walked by the riverside
and there was no where that I'd rather be
Like the universe collapsed at first
you bring the world to me
and I don't need a reason
or a rhyme to explain
but everything you say to me
flusters my brain
so I...(Chorus)

and sometimes I forget
all there is to know
that knowing isn't everything
it's not anything at all
and the finest things I've found
they hit me when I'm blind
I can't see for the life of me


Full-length debut album, "Jon Check," released Nov. 11th.

Set List

Orginal songs, some solo acoustic