Sometimes others speak of Jon's musicianship. This is an excerpt from Jon Pareles' review of David Grisman show at the Bottom Line from the NY Times of July 19, 1985:

"Along with Mr. Grisman, who breaks up bluegrass's running 16th notes with witty syncopations, the quartet's most flexible soloist - from jazz to blues to bluegrass -- was the guitarist Jon Sholle."

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"Without overstating the case, Jon is the most astonishing, fluid, and energizing guitar player I have ever met. I thought that in 1963, and I think it now".- Alan Senauke from liner notes to his "Wooden Man" CD on Native and Fine Records.
from Guitar Player magazine 9/8/79


This album's a sleeper. It begins with an electric guitar moaning a '40s-style western swing tune, "Mississippi Gal," and just as you're being lulled into a feeling of sitting under a big old elm on a lazy summer day, you're hit with "Plum Cake" -- a hot jazz-bluegrass acoustic number that wakes you right up. The entire album's like this, and it makes for a very interesting listening experience. Jon's guitar playing is hot, smooth, moody, fanciful -- just plain good. With guest appearances by David Bromberg on rhythm guitar and David Grisman on mandolin, this album will have you either swaying your seat or tapping your feet, and is recommended listening whether or not you're having catfish for supper.

From Flatpicking Guitar magazine- Nov/Dec '99 . Interview appears courtesy of Rolly Brown and Dan Miller at Flatpicking Magazine.

Jon Sholle showed up at Philadelphia's Cherry Tree Folk Music Club toting a mysteriously tiny gig bag. The occasion was a performance by banjo/pedal steel maestro Winnie Winston on a return visit from his home in New Zealand, and old friends had come out of the woodwork to visit and add to the musical festivities. When Sholle mounted the stage at the start of the second set, the band was surprised to see a Papoose travel guitar, thought to be little more than a toy, in his hands. But when Sholle began playing, all jaws dropped as he rolled out a series of breaks combining the musical grace of Django Reinhardt and the powerful attack of Larry Sparks. It was the high point of the evening, and it sent me scurrying to obtain a copy of his recent CD, "Out Of The Frying Pan", which confirmed the verdict: This guy is one of the most under-rated guitarists on the planet! full interview

From the New York Daily News June 20, 1997:

by Mary Talbot

"A talented southern boy's easy presentation of traditional and classic acoustic and electric swing tunes," is how a rhapsodic reviewer described Jon Sholle's album "Catfish for Supper." Which is perfectly accurate, except that Sholle is a born-and-bred New Yorker and even recorded his latest, "Out of the Frying Pan" (Rounder), a superb homage to some of the great chestnuts of bluegrass, in Westchester County, far,far, from the Great Smoky Mountains. full review