Atlanta Guitarist Bassist
Atlanta, GA    guitar / bass     404-819-5911    
John Willingham - Bio - Atlanta Guitar and Bass


What I Do

John Willingham Playing bass at the Redlight Cafe I am primarily a guitarist and bassist. I also sing. I enjoy playing just about every style of music; jazz, rock , classical, blues, bluegrass, country, Americana.

I enjoy playing with a wide variety of musicians and bands in and around the Atlanta, Ga area.

Olde Dog - Olde Dog is a popular original acoustic rock band featuring Bradley Smith, Nelson Nolen, Morgan Baruzzini, Greg Haugh and me. I play upright bass in this band. We play frequently at Smith's Olde Bar, The Redlight Cafe, Ribs Etc, local festivals and lots of private parties.

The J'ham Band - I have a classic rock/jam rock cover band called The J'ham Band that plays songs by the Stones, Dylan, Van Morrison, Allman Brothers, Santana, the Grateful Dead and many others. I play guitar and sing in this band.

Classical Guitar - I play classical guitar both solo and with chamber music ensembles. I play frequently for wedding ceremonies, small parties and restaurants.

Acoustic - One of my favorite things to do is play acoustic singer/songwriter music. That would be things like Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, Gordon Lightfoot etc. I do this solo as well as with duos and trios.

Jazz - I also play jazz. I like many styles of jazz from traditional Wes Montgomery style to modern fusion styles (Metheny, Stern, Scofield) and I am also starting to work on a jazz group that will play pop-influenced jazz in the style of players like Earl Klugh or Lee Ritenour. Some of Pat Metheny's music might also be included in this genre.

I also do lots of freelance gigs. The following are some of the people that I have recorded and performed with.


  Born: Macon, GA  
  Live In: Atlanta, GA  
  Day Job : Emory University School of Medicine
Multimedia/Web Developer
  Family: 1 wife, 2 kids, 2 dogs, 2 cats, 9 guitars  

Acoustic and Electric Guitars
Electric Bass
Upright Bass



  Rock: Carlos Santana, David Gilmour, Duane Allman, Frank Zappa, Mark Knopfler, Robert Fripp  
  Jazz: George Benson, Pat Metheney, Jim Hall, Grant Green, Bill Frisell, John Abercrombie, John Scofield  
  Classical: Christopher Parkening, John Williams, David Russell  
  Vocals: James Taylor, Paul Simon, Tom Petty, Gordon Lightfoot, Jackson Browne  
  High School: East Mecklenburg, Charlotte, NC  
  College: Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
Major: Economics
Minors: Music and International Business
  Other: Georgia Institute of Technology - Certificate in Web Design 2001  
    Georgia Institute of Technology - Certificate in Project Management 2006  
Music Teachers
  Guitar: Steve Griffin - first teacher, prolific Mel Bay author
Gus Toole - classical guitar
Michael Mosley - classical guitar
Dan Pumphrey - classical guitar
Robert Fripp - Level II Crafty Guitar
  Acoustic Bass: John Zugel - acoustic bass (classical), Co-Principal Charlotte Symphony
Michael Mosley - acoustic bass (classical) Co-Principal Charlotte Symphony
  • Good Improviser
  • Very good sight-reader (Well, for a guitar player anyway. Compared to your standard sax player I'm 'bout average.)
  • Versatile - multi-stylist and multi-instrumentalist
  • Easy to work with