You have arrived at the Internet home of Jonathan Maness. I am a multi-instrumentalist and producer in the Knoxville, TN area.
I love playing guitar. I fell in love with the sound of the steel-string acoustic guitar at an early age, and I love it to the point of not being able to keep a day job. There you go, I've said it. The barebones facts about why I have a website, a performing schedule, and business relationships that fall way outside of the normal 9-5 work week. For the purposes of this site, that's all you need to know about me. I want to be an artisan.
Now my first attempts at guitar were in the vein of such bluegrass flatpickers as Doc Watson, Tony Rice, and Bryan Sutton, but I also love Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chet Atkins, Joe Pass, John Williams, Brad Paisley, etc. I am trying to find a way to incorporate all the guitar sounds I can into a recognizable style of acoustic playing that creates an emotional response like the names above do in me. I came up with the slogan, "Acoustic ... on the edge", as a way of describing this style I am reaching for. Now, I've come to realize that it's because I am on the edge of falling flat on my face at any time during a performance.
But, the bottom line is ... I love every minute of it, and I hope that never changes.