johnstaples 18


Chicago US   Jan 2013  

Artist Bio

Influences:   Americana, Country, Folk, Rock (John Prine, Neil Young, Jethro Tull, Gillian Welch)

2020 will be my 8th FAWM! I look forward to writing some songs and listening to those of all my favorite FAWMers!
Every year I say this is the one where I'll release my first CD but still I do not seem to have the time to actually do it. Maybe this year will be the one! And actually, it will likely be a couple of albums because I have some country stuff and some rock stuff that don't play well together! Here are several songs that will be on the CDs!

Lay Her Down

Rain Came Down

The Lightning In Your Eyes

Heartbreak Apropos

The Fire and The Rain

Lost in Rain

I Don't Know Where We Went Wrong

In The House (We Set On Fire)

Burn the Ground

Paper Flowers

Taking Me Down

Just Passing Through

Burn it Down

Holding On To Our Dreams (Coming Back)
A few years ago I had a modicum of success producing and selling royalty free instrumental tracks. I stopped due to a lack of time but I have recently started up again. Below is a short video I created featuring 10 of my top tracks!
I live in the Chicago area, previously from the San Francisco Bay area and originally from western Kentucky! I love John Prine and Led Zeppelin, Hank Williams and Sia and Lorde and Eminem, Gillian Welch and Pink Floyd and Foo Fighters, New Grass Revival and Yes, Neil Young and Jethro Tull, Dolly and Taylor and Gaga and Amy and Madonna and Tammy, Willie and Waylon and Hank and Johnny and Merle and George, Elvis and Pearl Jam, the Jackson 5 and Michael, Prince and Jimi, the early Beatles and the later Beatles! There is very little music I don't like!

I use Reaper on Windows for my DAW. I record mostly with a Zoom H4n handheld digital recorder using its multi-track mode so I can easily record multiple tracks.

I play acoustic guitar, electric guitar, tenor guitar, baritone guitar, resonator guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo and harmonica.

🎀 🎧 🎼 🎹 πŸ₯ 🎷 🎺 🎸 🎻


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  • @sunnymae  Mar 10

    Your comments are always so uplifting and positive John. So glad you enjoyed "Sun on the Rise" Yer sweet. πŸ˜€

  • @mikeb Mar 10

    Thanks for the March listen and comment on my 2020 song #15!

  • @billwhite51 Mar 9

    thanks for your comments on for peace. i didntr really become politically active until the 80s....the sixties and seventies were all sex drugs and music. i didnt have to burn my draft card because i lucked out in the lotteries. but in the 80s i was involved in a lot of causes...el salvador, nicaragua, aids, animal rights. south africa, ,,i did quite a bit of work on the political satire scene with comedians jimmy tingle and barry crimmens.. and fended off a lot of attacks on public television programming by donald wildmans brigade of righteous christians when i worked public relations for WGBH. i think it was 9/11 that killed the american spirit. afterthat, people hunkkered down into comfort zones and now that they pop their heads out, their rip van winkle brains dont register that what seems new to them today has been going on for the last 20 years.

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  • @emkaydeebee  Mar 4

    Ha ha, so glad it had an effect on you! Thanks for commenting on β€˜Finale’ 😊

  • @dasbinky  Mar 3

    Curious from the thread on tutorials: which vocal leveler do you use? Our software setup is pretty similar (Nectar, Neutron, Ozone, etc.) and I'd been considering a vocal leveler but hadn't researched much.

  • @wingandwaltz  Mar 1

    I will finish Recklessly and will hit ya up, thanks for the viiiibe!

  • @wingandwaltz  Mar 1

    I will finish Recklessly and will hit ya up, thanks for the viiiibe!

  • @robynmackenzie  Mar 1

    I did it I did it!!! Thanks for the encouragement! 😁

  • @judypie  Feb 29

    And with you! 😁

  • @jaegerin  Feb 29

    Thanks John for your kind words πŸ˜€

  • @wingandwaltz  Feb 29

    Man, you put the song in the room; since you inspired it, you want collab cred? πŸ˜ƒ I wrote lyric for β€œRecklessly Sad” this morning, lol. It was pretty irresistible

  • @judypie  Feb 29

    πŸ˜‚ NEED for my garden!

  • @sapient  Feb 29


  • @sapient  Feb 29

    Yeah, you nailed it!
    Hell just called and they want their singing gnome back... πŸ˜‰

  • @sunnymae  Feb 29

    Of course you're still up you mad man!! Thank you so much for kind kind feedback on my Firefly song. I am beyond flattered. I've Been enamored and obsessed with Fireflies since childhood as well. We also called them lightning bugs! When I saw the prompt word I was like what? Then I was Off to the Races. Thanks again John and I have a ton of listening to catch up with. Looking forward to hearing your new body of work.

  • @vegansongs  Feb 29

    Thank you John- I updated!! I will also add your prompt.

  • @ayehahmur  Feb 29

    Cheers, John! I really got lucky with the subject matter. πŸ˜€ I enjoyed this one!

  • @bitshred Feb 28

    Thank you so much for listening and the kind comments on "maybe it's getting old". Appreciate yah.

  • @tamsnumber4  Feb 28

    Thank you for listening to my song "Back to Banbury" and your very sweet note as well. I think I sing better alone in this room, but I start getting cabin fevered in here during FAWM and doubt creeps in and I start having confidence issues, so your words were very helpful, I still need to get through one more song, I do really want my trophy and know I love your songs as well John, always well written and produced, they are professional and always enjoyable!

  • @cindyrella  Feb 28

    And, thought you could relate πŸ˜€

  • @cindyrella  Feb 28

    Didn't know if you still had time to do Gin on His Chin? If not, somewhere down the road maybe. πŸ˜€

  • @matthew62  Feb 28

    Thanks for listening and the kind feedback regarding "In Everything He Said". Much appreciated.

  • @angelinapowersuit Feb 27

    John, Thank you so, so much for your comments on "Her Man." Your very nice feedback makes me so happy I do this FAWM thing.
    And "Nothing" seems a unanimous suggestion too. THANK YOU!

  • @judypie  Feb 27

    😭😭😭😭 Noooooooo! Red dead 2 flashbacks!! πŸ˜›

  • @quork  Feb 27

    Right back at you, John. I’ll check it out.

  • @billwhite51 Feb 27

    Hey John, thanks for your comment on lonely train, i think all of us are getting a little better with each year. i just listened to about 20 recent songs on my watchlist and all of them were awesome. afterwatching the brit awardsm i thought it was all overm but what i have been hearing here is nothing shrt of a budding Renaissance in populist music...meaning music by people.

  • @judypie  Feb 26

    You are half way there! 😝

  • @judypie  Feb 26

    πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I didn’t even blend the hat in. I’m dying. Not my finest work, that πŸ˜‚

  • @judypie  Feb 26

    I’m sorry. I didn’t have much time on break at work πŸ˜‚

  • @fuzzy  Feb 25

    I'm trying my best to get a kitten pic up!!
    I'm a technofailure!!

  • @dragondreams  Feb 25

    Mr Staples... I am blushing down to my boots. Thank you so much!

    Maybe we could both grow up and become famous rock stars? πŸ˜‰

  • @judypie  Feb 25

    Hahaha, guess it’s going on the ol’ leg then! 😁

  • @judypie  Feb 25

    😁 My next tattoo!

  • @judypie  Feb 25

    Unruly Julie! It's a hit waiting to happen! 😁

  • @sw1n3flu  Feb 23

    Cool, hope to catch you on a skirmish soon mate.

  • @writeandwrong  Feb 23

  • @writeandwrong  Feb 23

    You did NOT go there with that monkey!! LOLOLOL

  • @judypie  Feb 22

    Hahahah John, I’m glad we gave you some ideas to try out! πŸ˜‚ Aussie?!! Irish?!!

  • @gwyn1234  Feb 22

    Thanks for your lovely remarks on our Rockabilly song John...much appreciated!

  • @writeandwrong  Feb 21

  • @writeandwrong  Feb 20

    Some inspiration! πŸ˜€

  • @writeandwrong  Feb 20

    Thank you for your kind comments on "Soldier's Battle." Not even any monkey business πŸ˜‰ Gettysburg is an area that I really feel a connection... I sooo love it much sadness but togetherness at the same time... I must go again before I leave the East Coast!

  • @writeandwrong  Feb 19

    lolol Pucker up, Buttercup!

  • @keithcuts  Feb 19

    no worries come around when you can. you appear to be killing it this year regardless!

  • @writeandwrong  Feb 19

    Watch this!

  • @stephenwordsmith Feb 17

    A wise person once said 'If you're not at least a little ashamed of your country's history, then you don't know your country's history'.

    I'm pleasantly surprised and relieved at the support Mr. Sanders is getting in the primaries. It's great to see that there's an appetite for making some bold, courageous changes to the world - rather than simply shaking up the world of politics, as attracted a number of voters to your current president.

    Love from New Zealand.

  • @adforperu  Feb 17

    I hear that now, thank you πŸ˜€ I think it's the exemplary playing, quality of guitar and recording that threw me, ha!

  • @writeandwrong  Feb 17

  • @writeandwrong  Feb 16

    LMFAO!!! "Mind if my monkey watches?"

  • @barbara  Feb 15

    Hi John, thanks so much for your comments on my β€˜Death’ lyric. I’m in that stage of having lost my mother two years ago, and wondering about the next loss. About to be 60 this year myself, so it could come from anywhere (which is *always* true, despite our comforting blindness to that fact). It was helpful to get some of that out into words.

  • @writeandwrong  Feb 13

    You're really gonna be glowing when the site turns pink!!! πŸ’˜ I need to get back to your page later today to take a listen to your new tunes!!!

  • @ductapeguy Feb 13

    I love your profile picture.

  • @judypie  Feb 12

    Hahahaha don’t be coy! πŸ˜›

  • @judypie  Feb 12

    Oh my god you have a cat named after me *dies*

  • @judypie  Feb 11

    Omg omg omg. The ginger baby has her leg over the tuxedo baby ❀️ And the grey baby is so beaut. I will require their names also John??

  • @judypie  Feb 11

    Also had to google ginchiest, never heard that in my life πŸ˜‚

  • @judypie  Feb 11

    :-0 You have cats?! Hahaha I just went to check your Facebook to look for evidence of them πŸ˜‚ You never post them on facebook! More cats!

  • @keithcuts  Feb 11

    Btw I agree with everything you’ve said.

    I’m infusing positive energy with my thread.

    Keep fighting for our skirmishes πŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸ’―πŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸ’―

  • @declan  Feb 10

    Thanks for the comment on my song Island of Mazes I was thinking more Kate Tempest than the Moody Blues though I see the connection. And for commenting upon my comment on Skirmishes, I thought it best to remove it rather than escalate the situation.

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 10

    John what can I say . Thank you for the most in depth beautiful comment on Wings . And it’s really nice to hear your honest ooo ions about the song length . I would never usually stop after one verse and chorus but for some reason it just felt right . Thank you so much my friend πŸ‘

  • @dani312  Feb 9

    Wow , thanks for the compliments and kind words! Being your new favorite fiddler is a lot to live up to haha! Definitely put a big smile on my face to hear that! πŸ˜€

  • @judypie  Feb 8

    Ah jeez, can’t believe I’m directing traffic to his page πŸ˜›

  • @judypie  Feb 8

    HAHAHAHAHA thank you John, we are gaming online with him right now so I have told him to SUCK IT πŸ˜ƒ He wants me to tell you that we are friends.., not sure if that’s meant to make it better?! πŸ˜›

  • @judypie  Feb 8

    Well damnnnnn, then I better catch up on your tunes! Tomorrow, I am SO fawmed out 😝

  • @cindyrella  Feb 8

    Of course! πŸ˜„

  • @musicsongwriter  Feb 8

    John, thank you so much for your amazing comment on my coffee piece. It was fascinating to read. Thank you so much.

  • @writeandwrong  Feb 7

    Mr. John, you are waaaaay too kind to me... thank you for your sweet comments on that last one... I wish I hadn't posted it to be honest... Now I need to write something later much better to redeem

  • @russiasaturn Feb 5

    Ok, I'm gonna email you 😁

  • @russiasaturn Feb 5

    Really loving your output this year. If you ever want to collaborate on a country song, hit me up!

  • @wurzelfrau Feb 4

    Hey John, thanks for your message, take all the time you need, my songs will wait patiently to hopefully brighten your day. And no, they're all independent, you don't have to listen to them in order!

    I hope you will enjoy your first D&D campaign!!!

  • @meriamber  Feb 4

    Thank you so much for the kind words on my channel & song <3 I'm pretty sure my husband custom coded my website in its entirety [cause he's a geniusbrain], though it's clearly possible to do! I definitely like including the lyrics there... They're important!

  • @grayland  Feb 3

    Thanks John! I had few issues with the website, but hopefully I'm back on track and ready to go...

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 1

    Thank you for listning to and The kind Words on Mentally dead

  • @judypie  Feb 1

    Yasssss John! We have each moved each other today 😁 Happy times!

  • @arthurrossi Feb 1

    Hey John! I am happy to see you here again and I look very forward to listening to your new songs. Have a great time!

  • @lisamarie777 Feb 1

    Thanks for the hello

  • @seemanski  Feb 1

    Thanks John for your comment, a lot, probably all, of my stuff is driven on what I am feeling (usually negative) and you picked up on something I was reluctant to put in, but glad I did. I originally had the you an I the other way around but felt bad about expressing myself that way.

  • @mishykatz  Feb 1

    Thanks, I went back and read the Important liner note...duh..Great stuff so happy it's February!

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 1

    Hi John!
    You are an inspiration! Looking forward to your amazing music!

  • @oneslowtyper  Feb 1

    Hi John, are you ready to do this thing again!!
    Can't wait to hear those awesome vocals of yours, and of course the music, too. See you somewhere in the halls, once FAWM begins.

  • @cts  Jan 31

    Great! Just like the call letters you hear on the radio, I'll need a recording of your voice. I'll work on it tomorrow.

  • @karlsburg25  Jan 31

    Well hello there you mountain of American creativity . Have a great fawm john and can’t wait for your first ditty πŸŽΈπŸ‘

  • @cts  Jan 31

    Mr. Staples? Might I get an endorsement from you?

  • @jfreed Jan 30

    Thanks for the welcome! Stoked to hear what you come up with this year!

  • @odilongreen  Jan 30

    Hello! It's FAWM time once again, and I'm excited to be here, and excited that you're here too! And just so you know, I'm 100% certain my 6-months of ukulele practice will be giving your outstanding guitar work a real run for it's money! (Or, you know, maybe not actually... πŸ˜€ )

  • @lastnightilie Jan 29

    Thanks for the note about my website, I fixed it. Hope you have a good FAWM too!

  • @chariotbaldwin  Jan 28

    Hey beautiful man - happy FAWM - may it be a great one.

    Dare I beg for a possible collab this year? Being a leap FAWM and all?

  • @dasbinky  Jan 28

    I'm definitely up for an old-timey Americana song about "Retiring to the Glowing Sea".

    Making friends with all the local Super Mutant Brutes
    Wandering the Commonwealth in a stylish Hazmat suit
    This radiation doesn't bother me
    And I'm retiring to the Glowing Sea

    Or something like that. Hit me up next week. πŸ˜€

  • @peternh Jan 28

    Thanks for the welcome message, John. Just checking out some of your links. Looking forward to hearing more when FAWM gets going this weekend.

  • @keithcuts  Jan 27

    Good to see you

  • @jibbidy34  Jan 27

    Hey hey! Looking forward to more awesomeness from you this Feb.

  • @chipwithrow  Jan 27

    Happy FAWMing to you,too - as always, I look forward to hearing what you come up with. One of my fave FAWMers!

  • @meriamber  Jan 27

    Heyo!! Hope you have a most wonderful FAWM too!!

  • @jaegerin  Jan 27

    Good to see you, John! Here's to a fun and productive FAWM 20 😁

  • @jamkar  Jan 27

    Hey John! Happy FAWM!

  • @theresaj  Jan 27

    Thanks! Happy FAWMing to you, John!

  • @tiller2  Jan 27

    Thanks, John. I look forward to hearing your new songs!

  • @metalfoot  Jan 27

    And a happy FAWM to you as well! πŸ˜€

  • @andygetch  Jan 27

    Hey John, lets do this!