John Knowles

John Knowles

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Thursday / October 17, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street

John Knowles is celebrating his 60th year as a guitarist. He got his start on a plastic ukulele, purchased with money he earned delivering newspapers. A few years later, he bought his first Chet Atkins recording and began playing along. John has worked with the world's finest fingerstyle and classical guitarists including Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Lenny Breau, Tommy Emmanuel and the Romero Family. Guitarists around the world learn from his FingerStyle Quarterly. His Gorilla Song (co-written with his son Jay) is an international hit with recordings by Raffi and XUXA. John's work has won a Grammy and two Emmy nominations. In 1996, Chet Atkins awarded John an Honorary CGP (Certified Guitar Player) and in 2004, John was inducted into the National Thumb Picker's Hall of Fame for the second time. John earned his PhD in physics from Texas Christian University in 1968.

"I set out to be a better player than most teachers and a better teacher than most players." John Knowles, cgp