Anehiem and the Road to Ohio  

After spending an amazing few weeks in central California it was time to head down to one of my favorite events of the year. The NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center. For the passed few years I have had the honor and privilege of going as an artist and spokesperson for the amazing McPherson Guitars

During these shows I have had some amazing opportunities to perform with and befriend some of my biggest musical influences! This year a couple highlights where being able to play guitar with Bruce Carol, Dave Cleavland, Dave Baker, and Bernie Williams. Four Giants in the music buisnbus. 

It was the learning experience of a lifetime! I sat back, opened my ears, and let the teachers teach! There is no where else in the world where you can get this type of connection and education from The Best of the Best! I don't know how I ended up in this position, but I'm going to learn as much as I possibly can during these events. Here is a snap shot of Bernie Dave and I ...

Bernie Dave and I have become good friends and I am truly grateful for their friendship and the knowledge these guys have shared with me. It was just a few years ago that I had signed the artist endorsement with McPherson guitars. And if it wasn't for Larry and Lori klenc giving me a chance I don't what I'd be doing right now. I remember being dead broke the year I signed with McPherson guitars. I couldn't even afford to get my acoustic out of the shop while it was being fixed. I was there without a guitar and without direction. And it seem like out of nowhere things changed that week. Here is Larry, Lori, and I on the day I was signed on...


I love these people like family! They are kind hearted, genuine, and some of the hardest working people I know. How I got to the NAMM Show that week is a whole nother story I'll get to in a later blog. But They gave me a chance, and sometimes that's all it takes. Like Bruce Springsteen once said. "You can't start a fire without a spark" They gave me that spark that has started a fire that's been burning bright ever since. Of course it's still hard there are plenty of challenges in this business, however I will forever be grateful to them for their friendship and the opportunities they have given me. 

      There where plenty more Shenanigans with my McPherson family that week! Here's one of my favorite pictures of all of us at dinner during Lori's birthday! 


Dave Baker far left, Dave Cleavland next to him, the birthday girl herself Lori, then Larry, Suzi Oravec, myself, and then my dear friend Daniel Moorehead. Who will be making an appearance here in my next blog. As he was traveling with me for all this insanity, and later we headed out together on an awesome roadtrip back to Ohio. 

Here he is now embarking on his new modeling career! Sorry Dan! Couldn't help myself LOL!

California Central Coast  

The California Central Coast was amazing. I had forgotten how beautiful and eclectic California is. Which can also be said about the people that live there in. Speaking of which the first person I met upon arriving to the Central Coast was a gentleman by the name of Banjer Dan. He booked me at a place called Last Stage West. Ol Dan is a great banjo player that has an appreciation for fine musicianship. Especially Earl Scruggs and Bela Fleck. He's an interesting character. He literally looks as if he stepped out of a silent film from the old days. He also had an impeccable memory! It was amazing to me! I got to hear  some insane stories in fine detail about him touring in a well known punk band as a banjo playing hippie. It was contrary to everything that punk stood for wich made it totally cool in their eyes, and not to mention you can't help but love the guy! He has a huge personality and an even bigger heart. He was more punk thank punk. I met Tom the owner who struck me as highly intelligent. Definitely a hippie, and I mean that kindly! He dabbled with multiple instruments and cooked up some mean BBQ for his venue. Tom (left) Dan (center) and a gentleman on his first tour at 60 yrs old. (Right) 


      I had no idea where I was going to stay while I was out there. Tom and Dan had offered me to camp on the property. And the land was gorgeous! I asked how long I could stay and Tom looked at me and said "stay as long as you want man...  just be cool. We don't want no trouble!" And with that I knew I was going to be alright. Dan and I had coffee every morning in the van. I ground fresh beans and pressed a great cup as I do every morning. I also put together peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Every morning we had great conversations about music, politics, and everything in between. Dan loves to play poker. And on my last morning there Dan said "I won big last night! I'm taking you to breakfast!" And that he did! We went to a place called Thomas Hill Organics and ate amazing crab cake sandwiches. 

      While performing through central California I also happened to make the papers a few times. 

They wrote kind words in all the papers. 

      The second venue was amazing! It was a place called The Madonna Inn.  I was given a beautiful hotel room with an amazing view. The room was called the Cloud 9 Suite. 

The room was increadible! I showered like 3 times, because when you live in a van those types of luxuries are hard to come by. The room also had heated toilet seats!!  I sat there so long my leggs went numb! The stage was pretty sweet as well. The week before I played... There was a well known female country artist from Nashville there. She played the same series. CAM Country is her name. It was cool hearing a familiar name. 


The room sounded amazing! And there where a couple friends from the L.R. Baggs family that came to watch that night.  When I got ready to head out the next morning I had problems with the van. It quit on me... twice. I found some great mechanics in the area that took care of business for me. APS Auto. I was being told that it was a major job by everyone else. But these guys took a look at the van put it on their machine to diagnose it and it turned out to be faulty spark plugs. Thank God! Van is running like a stud!

      The next show was in Pismo Beach. It was a classy joint called The Seaventure hotel and resort. I played 3 hours straight with the exception of one break. The sunset break. People come from all over the world to watch the sunset from that place. And the food... Well... 


I couldn't pronounce the name of this dish, but it blew my mind! Lobster tail, scallops, and shrimp!! What!? Anyhow, it was a great meal that I didn't expect. 


      The final venue I performed at was a place called the Folktale winery. A beautiful place with a wonderful clientele. I especially enjoyed playing for three ladies in the front row. Candy, Christy, and Cricket. All the ladies where wonderfully animated and made me smile the entire time. While playing, a woman in the back of the room began dancing with her giant poodle. I can honestly say that the first time I've ever seen that. I wish I had a picture, but my hands where full at the time. If you know what I mean! 

      I've had such a great time in central California! I'm looking forward to returning sooner than later. I couldn't thank Everyone enough for the kindness and generosity. I'm glad to have made friends in this area. Especially friends like Banjer Dan, Tom, Amber, Tanner, and Toby. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart! 


Hello World 

My name is Juan Eduardo De Hoyos A.K.A Juan John. I am a professional guitarist and entertainer touring this country (United States ) and other parts of the world in search of meaning in music, friendship, and unusually crazy experiences that seem to find their way into my humble existence on just about a daily basis. I seriously can't make any of this stuff up. So thus I have begun documenting all these things hopefully bringing value at some capacity through sharing all of it.

I was playing for a dear friend's wedding (Andy and Josh) this passed year. I stayed with my friends Allen and Jill on their amazing property in Custer SD. In the two weeks I was there I met people from all walks of life... From F17 pilots to one of the largest Native American musical acts in the country. Each one of the people I spoke to had their own amazing story of how they got there. 

I was needing new tires really bad so said a prayer, and a day later it was answered. I was asked to perform at the chruch with only a weeks notice, the place was packed, and the congregation was amazingly generous. I made enough for tires and some!

I slept in the van I built on a gorgeous property where I had vivd dreams every night that seem to heal a lot of things I was dealing with at the time, and even got to experience the northern lights! I seriously thought I was being abducted by aliens... Turns out it was the northern lights. And one of the most beautiful acts of nature I have ever seen. 

See you all real soon!