Big Jon Short

Big Jon Short

 Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Armed with foot percussion, National Reso-phonic Guitar, and Lowebow cigar-box hillharp, Big Jon Short's high energy solo performances bring a foot-stomping Country Blues show that taps into the heart of the songs, regional styles and folklore of the Blues and its importance to American music.


Armed with foot percussion, a National Reso-phonic Guitar and Lowebow cigar-box reso-hillharp, Big Jon Short's high energy solo performances bring a foot-stomping Country Blues show that taps into the heart of the songs, regional styles, and folklore of the Blues and its importance to American music. Based in the Northeast US, he travels and performs between 150-200 shows per year in BBQ joints, blues rooms and festivals from Massachusetts to Mississippi. With performing experience in fifteen states, and five countries over the last ten years he has been able to perform at some of the best known venues for Blues music and for more than two years he held a residency at the famed Terra Blues in NYC - all while continuing his work as a public school teacher, running Blues in Schools programs and workshops and was recently awarded the 2010 Worcester Cultural Commission Artist Fellowship.

Shared stage/festivals/opened for:
David "HoneyBoy" Edwards, John Hammond, Taj Mahal, Paul Rishell & Annie Raines, Rory Block, Charlie Musselwhite, Elvin Bishop, Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers, Shemeika Copeland, Henry Butler, Booker T. Jones, James "Superchikan" Johnson, Big George Brock & the Houserockers, Robert Belfour, LC Ulmer, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, Terry "Harmonica" Bean, North Mississippi All Stars, Bobby Rush, Jimbo Mathus, Rev.Peyton's Big Damn Band, James Montgomery, Duke Robillard, Lightnin' Malcolm, Cedric Burnside, Kent Burnside, Troy Gonyea, Kerry Kearney, Reggie Walley, Toni Lynn Washington, Willie King & the Liberators, John Sinclair, Billy Gibson Band, Brandon Santini, Michael Powers, Ray Shinnery, Saron Crenshaw, Michael Hill, Slam Allen, Frank Morey & His Band, Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood, Chris Fitz Band, Seth Yacavone, Junior Brown, Pete Huttlinger, Ed Gerhard, Max Creek, Strangefolk, Zen Tricksters, Ryan Montbleau, Hillstomp, Jawbone, The Delta Generators, Ten Foot Polecats, The Scissormen, Cannibal Ramblers.

Drawing upon over a decade of working in public schools, Big Jon Short also provides assemblies, workshops, lectures and professional development on the history, development and importance of blues music in American culture to students and K-12 educators. Holding a M.Ed in Curriculum and Instructional Technology and Orff Level III certification he is able to incorporate state frameworks into presentations and workshops that address learning standards across the curriculum.

Available for artist residency and after school programs his "Blues in Schools" programs have served as enrichment in the arts and academic curriculum. Using large and small group activities his programs range from single 45-60min presentations to ongoing workshops that can provide instruction in singing, dance, songwriting and instrument lessons for individual, group and ensembles (guitar, harmonica, piano, bass, drums, Orff instruments).

With twelve years of experience as a classroom teacher, after-school and athletics onsite coordinator he has been able to provide in-school and after school programs for groups ranging between 5 and 95 students at a time and professional development programs for educators in multiple school districts, pediatric care facilities and YMCAs between Central MA and Downstate NY.

Recent partnerships include two multiple NAMM Grant Recipients: Raising The Blues, Ltd ( and Guitars In The Classroom ( with his inaugural GITC program sponsored by Martin Guitars, D'Addario Strings, Dunlop capos and Intelli-Touch Tuners.

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Semi-finalist at the 2008 & 2010 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN

2010 Worcester Cultural Commission Artist Fellowship Award

Winner of the 9th Annual Lyon/Pitchford Cigarbox Award - Memphis, TN 2010

Voted "Best Blues Musician" by Worcester Magazine: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Selected as Downstate NY Blues Society's "Artist of the Month" January 2007

Selected as one of Pulse Magazine's "27 to watch in 2007"

Winner of The Pulse Magazine's 2006 Worcester Music Award for "Best Blues Act"


Big Jon Short - Live at The Stomping Ground - 2013
Big Jon Short - Song & Play Party 2013
Big Jon Short - 34 Special - 2012
Big Eyed Rabbit - Band debut EP - 2012
Big Jon Short - Folk, Blues for Children - 2011
Big Jon Short - Live from The Shack at Vincent's - 2011
Big Shorty - 2010
Jon Short - Live from The Shack at Vincent's - 2009
Jon Short - Live at Terra Blues, NYC - 2008
Jon Short & Keith Carter - "Three Different Ways" - 2007
Jon Short & Brandan Santini - BACKPORCH BLUES - Sam Phillips Session - 7/28/06
Jon Short & The Barrelhouse Ramblers - 3/30/06
HAVE BLUES, WILL TRAVEL, volume 2 - 2005.
Mississippi to Massachusetts Spring 2005 - live recording
HAVE BLUES, WILL TRAVEL, volume 1 - 2005.
The Late Messengers - 2004.

Radio Airplay:
XM Radio - "Bluesville" with Bill Wax
100.7 FM WZLX "Blues on Sunday" with Carter Alan (Boston, MA)
92.9 FM WBOS (Boston, MA)
90.9 FM WBUR Radio Boston
90.7 FM WFUV (Fordham U., NYC)
90.5 FM WICN (Worcester, MA)
91.3 FM WCUW (Worcester, MA)
88.9 FM Radio Città Aperta, Mojo Station & So What! (Roma, Italia)
John Sinclair Radio Show - Radio Free Amsterdam

Set List

Always expanding his performing radius and audience, Jon Short is equally comfortable as an opening or featured act with enough of a repertoire to fill more than three hours of good music.

Acoustic sets focus on roots in the tradition of piedmont and delta blues, hill country, gospel and American folk music in the form of covers and originals.

Electric sets feature cover and original material from the Mississippi Delta and Hill-country up to Memphis-Chicago style blues.

$100 of whiskey (J.Short)
3 Leg'd Dog (J.Short)
100 yard howl (J.Short)
Dirty Stay-out (J.Short)
Knoxville blues (J.Short)
Tuesday night evil (J.Short)
One-eyed Jack (J.Short)
Jackson & 44 (J.Short)
Hilltop blues (J.Short)
I go home (J.Short)
Without my baby (J.Short)
Sweet’n’spicy (J.Short)
Pushin' My Luck (R.Belfour)
Coal Black Mattie (R.Burnside)
Shake'em on down (T.McClennan)
Worried Life Blues (R.Burnside)
Miss Maybelle (R.Burnside)
County Farm (E.House)
Down The Dirt Road Blues (C.Patt