Jon Sholle, born April 2, 1949 in New York City, is an American guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, and musician who plays mainly jazz, bluegrass, rock, country, roots music, and folk music.
While he started playing professionally as early as high school, over his 40+ year career, Sholle has worked with such musicians as Vassar Clements, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Larry Campbell, Keith Carradine, Allen Ginsberg, Bela Fleck, and Bette Midler. From 1984 to 1986 he was a member of the David Grisman Quintet and was featured on their album Acousticity, which made No. 6 on Billboard's Jazz chart. Sholle has also released two solo albums with Rounder Records, Catfish for Supper and Out of the Frying Pan. He was featured on Andy Statman's 2011 release on the Shefa label, "Old Brooklyn", playing Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Guitar (Steel), and Lap Steel Guitar.
Working with screenwriter Ethan Wiley, Sholle composed selections for the soundtrack to the recent movie Jason X and the 2000 short "Bad Assassin". He also compiled and wrote the liner notes for the 1996 Rounder Records compilation Rounder Bluegrass Guitar, as well as producing the two albums he released through Rounder.
On stage and film:
Sholle appeared in the 1979 film The Rose as a member of Midler's band, as well appearing on-screen and playing on the soundtrack for the Peter Bogdanovitch-directed Audrey Hepburn movie "They All Laughed," and playing dobro on the soundtrack for Disney's The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid. He has also appeared in several Broadway shows, including Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Big River.
Awards and honors:
Sholle won both the 1967 and 1968 "World Champion Guitar" at the Union Grove Fiddler's convention 2 in North Carolina.