Multi-instrumentalist songwriter John Egenes is a part of the strong legacy handed down by the songwriters of the American Southwest. His albums and live performances are chock full of tales about life on the road, stories of war and loss, and about the love of family and friends.
From Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA) and now settled permanently in New Zealand, Egenes has spent his years on the road and in the studio backing some of the best representatives of the craft. He is a first class multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, bass, mandola, dobro, pedal steel, fiddle, lap steel, piano, accordion, harmonica, cuatro, Theremin, musical saw and others), and has performed and recorded with a expansive range of artists that includes Eliza Gilkyson, Bill & Bonnie Hearne, Tish Hinojosa, Gary P. Nunn, Jono Manson, Jaime Michaels, Crystal Bowersox, The Buckarettes, and many others. An award-winning producer, Egenes seems to be at ease wearing a number of musical hats, both in and out of the recording studio.
He has performed with a wide variety of musicians, including Pete Seeger, Guy Clarke, Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith, Townes van Zandt, Lynn Anderson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Greg Brown, Leo Kotke, Iris Dement, Bonnie Raitt and many more.
His New Zealand credits include work with artists such as Marlon Williams, Delaney Davidson, Mel Parsons, Tami Neilson, The Sami Sisters, Kylie Harris, The Verlaines, Robert Scott, Delgirl, Haunted Love, Bob McNeil, Tim Guy, Hannah Curwood, The Oxo Cubans, Hannah Howes and more. He has produced records for The Chaps, Delgirl, Donna Dean, Bill Morris, Jenny Mitchell, Leo LaDell, Anthony Ritchie, and other New Zealand artists.
Egenes lectures in contemporary music and technology at the University of Otago in Dunedin. He is currently immersed in the study of digital culture and its relationships to the folk process, and is doing his best to drag country and folk music into the twenty-first century.