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Jon Waterman “Walk As If You Won”

Jon Waterman, Li Waterman, Shira Moss & Steve Tapper “Murrieta’s Head”

Jon & Li Waterman (Riddley Walker) “There Used To Be a River Here”

About Jon Waterman

“a creatively inventive songcrafter” – Metronome Magazine

Singer and songwriter Jon Waterman engages audiences with a progressive approach to music that blends of acoustic rock, blues, Americana, and even world music, with the storytelling sensibility of folk music. His songs and performances range from sentiments about love and need to statements about social justice and the human experience while chronicling historical events, fanciful legends, and the passages of everyday life. Jon is a lifetime musician and performs regularly at venues, outdoor markets, special events, and private shows throughout Eastern Massachusetts and beyond.

In 2019 he created the themed program “A Journey Through the Roots of Popular Music” which combines history with a selection of his original songs and arrangements. The program has been presented in towns throughout Massachusetts including Wellesley, Gloucester, and Hopkinton. An in depth article on the show ran in the Martha’s Vineyard Times in December of 2019.

In addition to his work as a solo artist, Jon performs with his trio, “The Jon Waterman Project” in which percussion, bass, sax and flute are added to his original songs and arrangements. Both solo and with the Project Jon also performs original interpretations of blues, rock and folk standards. His sources of inspiration include Rolling Stones, Randy Newman, Lou Reed, the Grateful Dead, Golden Earring, Eric Burdon and War, Gram Parsons, and Jimmie Rodgers. His most recent CD, Grainy Days, is available through Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp, and CD Baby, as well as from this website.


In his latest album, Grainy Days, Jon Waterman showcases 13 of his lyrically compelling original songs that reveal an exciting and eclectic mix of classic rock and roots. The styles in the collection range from the driving, electric blues-folk rock of “Walk As If You Won” and the Americana influenced “Thing For My Guitar” to the reggae inspired “Born That Way.” Lyrically the songs range from seemingly simple pop song sentiments about love and need to songs that make subtle and not-so-subtle statements about social justice and the human experience. Several of the songs tell true stories- a child actor in the title track and a Tin Pan Alley songwriter in “Hughie Cannon’s Blues.” Others are stories which could be true- like “Mean Ol’ Debil Jones” which tells a fictional tale of racial prejudice and injustice. Grainy Days is available through CD Baby and Bandcamp, or it could be ordered direct from this site by going
to the store page.


Thursday, January 19th -6:30pm
A Journey through the Roots of American Popular Music
Haverhill Public Library
99 Main Street, Haverhill, MA
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Haverhill Cultural Council,
a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

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