Award-winning NC songwriter Jon Shain at Pure Life Studios on April 21

Published 6:01 pm Monday, March 12, 2018

Durham, North Carolina based songwriter and guitarist Jon Shain will perform an intimate folk-blues concert at Pure Life Studios in LaGrange on Saturday, April 21.

The award-winning songwriter and acoustic picker is touring in support of his latest CD release, Gettin’ Handy with the Blues — a Tribute to the Legacy of W.C. Handy, which went to No. 15 recently on Sirius/XM’s Bluesville chart. Expect to hear some serious fingerstyle guitar-picking and spontaneous riffing.

Jon had the good fortune to learn directly from a number of North Carolina’s older blues players, and became a member of Big Boy Henry’s backing band.

Jon is described as a knowledgeable, articulate and fiery fingered entertainer. He can turn out fine versions of country blues classics, but he also enjoys playing his own memorable songs.

Shain was a finalist in the 2009 International Blues Challenge in Memphis and is the 2008 winner of the Triangle Blues Society’s Blues Challenge and 2006 winner of North Carolina’s Indy award for Best Folk Act.

He has shared stages with the likes of Keb’ Mo’, John Hiatt and Jackson Browne.

The concert will begin at 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Other Events at Pure Life:

  • Kurt Thomas and Barry Waldrep with guest Dawn Rooks on March 24 at 8:30 p.m.
  • Jontavious Willis and Andrew Alli on April 7 at 8:30 p.m.
  • Dr. Dixon featuring Frankie’s Blues Mission on May 4 at 8:30 p.m.

Pure Life is the Hillside Community’s contribution to the LaGrange music scene and features a variety of solo, duo, and trio acts playing blues, jazz, folk and assorted acoustic genres.

Pure Life Studios is located in a renovated warehouse at 206 Clark Street in the Hillside area of LaGrange, within a five-minute drive of downtown.