September 2018 -
 John and his song MIDNIGHT MAGIC WOMAN are featured in the hit Netflix series The Innocents. The song was written and recorded by John in 1980. What's old is new, as they say! Pic attached)


September 27th -
John performed to a rousing crowd at the annual Gram Parsons Guitar Pull in Waycross Georgia. Also on the bill was the great Marty Stuart and his Superlatives. John and Marty had a chance to chat in Marty's bus afterwards. Superlatives drummer Harry Stinson is an old friend of JB's. The two both played together in Nicolette Larson's band in the mid 1980's. It was a terrific night with a big turnout. (pics attached)


At August 1st 2018    BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE became AVAILABLE!

John's NEW BOOK "Best Seat In The House" is now out and available at amazon.com and Barnes & Nobel. The reviews have been through the roof and sales have been very impressive. Best Seat In The House is also available in the Kindle version as well. Pick up a copy today!

If you have been lucky to see John perform his Best Seat In The House live show you will want to pick up his latest cd "Best Seat In The House-The Music" featuring songs from the show and mentioned in the book. Send  $12.00 plus $3.00 shipping (check or money order) to:

John Beland
PO Box 173
Chappell Hill, Texas 77426
Please mention if you would like your cd to be personally autographed by John.

Don't miss catching John live. Here's where he'll be popping up...

August 17th at the 5 O'clock Club in Cumberland Wisconsin
August 18th "Best Seat In The House" concert at the Isle Theater Cumberland, Wisconsin
August 19 Hilltop Restaurant Cumberland, Wisconsin

September 23  Derry Down Florida
September 29 Gram Parsons Guitar Pull Waycross, Ga.
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John has just finished production on a new CD by Northern California singer / songwriter Nancy Northrup. Nancy's style is a mixture of many influences ranging from Emmylou Harris to Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton. Catch her on Facebook and keep an eye out for her great new CD "Higher Mountain."

John's long awaited autobiography "Best Seat In The House"  is close to a deal. We all have fingers crossed and hope to make a major announcement very soon now.

After 40 plus years, the full recording of legendary Tribute To Woody Guthrie" concert at the Hollywood Bowl has now been released by Bear Family Records. Recorded in 1970, John, along with band mates Gib Guilbeau, Chris Ethridge, Thad Maxwell, Stan Pratt and Ry Cooder backed up the greats of contemporary folk music as they paid tribute to the iconic songwriter Woody Guthrie. Artists include Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, Country Joe McDonald, Pete Seeger, Ritchie Havens and Odetta. Narration by actors Peter Fonda and Will Geer.

Listen to a New Track from Forthcoming Woody Guthrie Tribute Box Set

Written By Brittney McKenna // July 21, 2017
One of the more exciting fall releases this year is a new Woody Guthrie box set, titled Woody Guthrie: The Tribute Concerts. The 3-CD set chronicles two legendary concerts honoring Guthrie, who passed away in 1967, and featuring the likes of Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, and many more. The two concerts — one in 1968 at New York City’s Carnegie Hall and the other in 1970 at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl — are presented in their entirety across the box set, which also includes two books with liner notes, essays, photos and more.

Bear Family Records worked with Michael Kleff, Steve Rosenthal, and Guthrie’s daughter Nora to assemble the set. We’re happy to premiere a sneak preview of one of the set’s tracks, a performance of the classic Guthrie song “I Ain’t Got No Home” by Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie, which Nora describes as “a homecoming.”

“‘I Ain’t Got No Home’ is one of my father’s classics,” Nora Guthrie says. “It’s been sung for decades by hundreds of musicians around the world. ‘The gamblin’ man is rich and the working man is poor, and I ain’t got no home in this world anymore’ is Woody’s age old refrain that sticks it to human greed and the suffering it causes. So, it’s very ripe for the pickin’ right now! Hearing my brother Arlo sing this one with Pete, one of my father’s closest friends, you realize that although they’re separated by many years, they share a unique history, their voices supporting each other so well. For each of them, singing together is a homecoming.”

Woody Guthrie: The Tribute Concerts is out September 22 via Bear Family Records. Listen to “I Ain’t Got No Home” and check out the set’s complete track list below.

CD 1: At Carnegie Hall

1: Pete Seeger & Arlo Guthrie (harmonica) with Full Cast: Intro This Train Is Bound For Glory
2: Robert Ryan: Narration
3. Will Geer: Narration
4. Arlo Guthrie: Oklahoma Hills *
5. Will Geer: Narration
6. Judy Collins: So Long, It’s Been Good To Know Yuh (Dusty Old Dust)
7. Robert Ryan: Narration
8. Woody Guthrie: Riding In My Car
9. Will Geer: Narration
10. Pete Seeger: Curly Headed Baby
11. Robert Ryan: Narration
12. Odetta: Ramblin’ Round * 
13. Will Geer: Narration
14.  Pete Seeger, Judy Collins & Arlo Guthrie: Goin’ Down The Road (I Ain’t Gonna Be Treated This A-Way) *

15. Robert Ryan: Narration
16. Tom Paxton: Pretty Boy Floyd *
17. Will Geer: Narration
18. Richie Havens: Blues For Woody *
19. Will Geer: Narration
20. Judy Collins: Plane Wreck At Los Gatos (Deportee)
21. Richie Havens: Vigilante Man
22. Tom Paxton: Pastures Of Plenty
23. Bob Dylan: Grand Coulee Dam
24. Bob Dylan: Dear Mrs. Roosevelt
25. Bob Dylan: I Ain’t Got No Home
26. Judy Collins: Roll On Columbia (Part 1)
27. Robert Ryan: Narration
28. Judy Collins: Roll On Columbia (Part 2)
29. Pete Seeger & Richie Havens: Jackhammer John
30. Tom Paxton: Biggest Thing That Man Has Ever Done (The Great Historical Bum)
31. Judy Collins & Pete Seeger: Union Maid
32. Robert Ryan/Will Geer/Judy Collins: Narration
33. Odetta, Will Geer, Arlo Guthrie with Full Cast: This Land Is Your Land


1. Full Cast: Intro This Train Is Bound For Glory
2. Peter Fonda & Will Geer: Narration
3. Arlo Guthrie: Oklahoma Hills
4. Will Geer: Narration
5. Joan Baez & Pete Seeger: So Long, It’s Been Good To Know Yuh *
6. Peter Fonda: Narration
7. Country Joe McDonald, Arlo Guthrie, Jack Elliott & Pete Seeger: Goin’ Down The Road (Ain’t Gonna Be Treated This A-Way) *
8. Peter Fonda & Will Geer: Narration
9. Joan Baez: Hobo’s Lullaby
10. Peter Fonda: Narration
11. Odetta: Ramblin’ Round
12. Will Geer: Narration
13. Pete Seeger & Arlo Guthrie: I Ain’t Got No Home (Woody Guthrie) *
14. Peter Fonda: Narration
15. Country Joe McDonald: Pretty Boy Floyd *
16. Richie Havens: Nine Hundred Miles *
17. Will Geer & Peter Fonda: Narration
18. Joan Baez: Plane Wreck At Los Gatos (Deportee) *
19. Peter Fonda: Narration
20. Odetta: John Hardy *
21. Will Geer: Narration
22. Jack Elliott, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Earl Robinson, Country Joe McDonald & Arlo Guthrie: Hard Travelin’ *
23. Will Geer: Narration
24. Richie Havens: Vigilante Man *
25. Peter Fonda: Narration
26. Jack Elliott: 1913 Massacre
27.Arlo Guthrie: Do Re Mi (Woody Guthrie)
28. Will Geer: Narration
29. Joan Baez: Pastures Of Plenty (Woody Guthrie) *
30. Peter Fonda: Narration
31. Earl Robinson & Pete Seeger: Roll On Columbia *


1. Will Geer: Narration
2. Odetta with Will Geer & Peter Fonda:  Why Oh Why & Narration
3. Earl Robinson: Mail Myself To You
4. Jack Elliott: Howdido
5. Peter Fonda: Narration
6. Country Joe McDonald: Woman At Home (Woody Guthrie – Country Joe McDonald)
7. Will Geer: Narration
8. Pete Seeger: The Sinking Of The Reuben James *
9. Will Geer: Narration
10. Arlo Guthrie: Jesus Christ
11. Arlo Guthrie & Joan Baez (Background vocals: Odetta, John Pilla & Gib Guilbeau): I’ve Got To Know *
12. Arlo Guthrie, Country Joe McDonald, Odetta, Joan Baez & Pete Seeger: This Train Is Bound For Glory *
13. Peter Fonda & Joan Baez: Narration
14. Full Cast: This Land Is Your Land / So Long, It’s Been Good To Know Yuh *


15. Arlo Guthrie: ”The only thing I really remember…”
16. Arlo Guthrie: ”These events with a multitude of people…”
17. Judy Collins: ”First of all, your mom…”
18. Jack Elliott: ”I received an invitation…”
19. Jack Elliott: ”I was very excited about the whole thing…”
20. Rick Robbins: ”It was a mob scene…”
21. Rick Robbins: ”When he came out…”
22. Judy Collins: ”I was very nervous…”

23. Rick Robbins: ”I was very moved by…”
24. Tom Paxton: ”I was invited by…”
25. Tom Paxton: ”We all went on stage together…”
26. Tom Paxton: ”Oh, I look at pictures of me…”
27. Rick Robbins: ”And then after the show was more memories…”
28. Phil Ochs: ”The Woody Guthrie concert was my last straw…”
29. Arlo Guthrie: ”The second time I had more of a hand…”
30. Country Joe McDonald: ”Well at the rehearsal…”
31. Country Joe McDonald: ”The soundcheck for the show I was sitting…”
32. Arlo Guthrie: ”One of the great things…”
33. Arlo Guthrie: ”I was with Warner Brothers at the time…”
34. Arlo Guthrie: ”The records were made taking bits and pieces…”
35. Pete Seeger: “Woody lives on…”
36. Bob Dylan: Last Thoughts On Woody Guthrie *