Sebastian has continued to tour and play live, both solo and with a variety of backing bands. He has said that NRBQ "to a large extent, picked up where The Lovin' Spoonful left off" because of NRBQ's "wide range of musical styles that they're not only able but accurate at playing," and he expressed appreciation for NRBQ's support during a low point in his career.
Sebastian's live performances in the s have included performing as a trio with country blues duo Paul Rishell and Annie Raines in ; touring with Maria Muldaur and her Garden of Joy jug band in ; and occasional appearances with mandolinist David Grismanwith whom Sebastian played in the Even Dozen Jug Band in the s and more recently collaborated on a CD album release, Satisfied.
After leaving Reprise, Sebastian continued to occasionally release CD albums through a variety of small labels. Although a number of these releases consisted of compilations or live performances of his older material from the s and s, some, such as Tar Beach Shanachieand Satisfied with David Grisman Acoustic Disc, have contained significant new recordings.
Tar Beach in particular contained eleven previously unreleased songs written or co-written by Sebastian; four songs were composed by the team of Sebastian and songwriter Phil Galdston,  with whom Sebastian also collaborated on the score for the Sig Shore -directed feature film The Act According to Colin LarkinSebastian had written many of the songs that appeared on Tar Beach more than a decade prior to the album's release. Sebastian is a frequent contributor to film and TV soundtracks.
In particular, he has written and performed music for a number of children's films and TV productions. He wrote the music and provided the singing voice of "Daniel Mouse" for the Canada-based Nelvana animated television special The Devil and Daniel Mouse about two mice attempting to succeed in the music business.
Since the s, Sebastian has hosted several television programs about s and s music, including paid programs for compilation sets, a syndicated live music and interview program called Deja View and a half-hour program called The Golden Age of Rock and Roll, which featured video footage of s bands performing on variety shows. He also hosted a Lovin' Spoonful retrospective broadcast on PBS in Marchtalking about various Spoonful numbers in between vintage video clips of the band up to the time he left.
InSebastian authored a children's book, JB's Harmonicaillustrated by his godfather Garth Williamsabout a young bear whose musical aspirations are overshadowed by the talents of his famous musician father. Sebastian has released a series of instructional DVDs, CDs, downloads, booklets, and prior to the use of digital media analog tapes for learning to play guitar, harmonica, and autoharp, or for learning specific styles or songs. These instructional materials are distributed by Homespun Tapesa company founded and operated by folk musician Happy Traum.
In NovemberSebastian made a cameo Shes A Lady - John Sebastian - Live On The King Biscuit Flower Hour (CD on the sitcom Married Several songs have also spawned multiple covers, including:. Sebastian is also credited with helping to popularize the art of tie-dyeing clothing among music fans and festival goers in the late s, by publicly appearing in outfits that he tie-dyed himself after learning the process from Ann Thomas of Water Baby Dye Works.
He was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in Sebastian has been married three times. The couple divorced in InSebastian married Catherine Barnett, a photographer and artist who has designed numerous album covers. The couple has two children together. Since the early s, Shes A Lady - John Sebastian - Live On The King Biscuit Flower Hour (CD, Sebastian has struggled with throat problems that eventually affected and changed his singing voice, but he has continued to perform and Album).
Sebastian has also released various formats and packages of long-playing instructional materials for Homespun Tapeswhich are not included in this table. This table lists songs written or performed by Sebastian that were originally released on — and in many cases, are only available on — compilations or collaborations of various artists, including but not limited to soundtrack albums.
Contributions as a guest on albums released under the name of a specific artist or group are not included. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For his father, the classical harmonica player and composer, see John Sebastian classical harmonica player. For the similarly named Mexican pop singer, see Joan Sebastian. Rock pop folk blues. Vocals guitar harmonica piano autoharp.
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The album would be Sebastian's most successful release as a solo artist, reaching No. Despite the album's success, however, Sebastian would for years harbor frustration that the album did not reach the marketplace sooner:. Because music, especially our popular music, changes so fast that the shelf life on a style can be six months, and I was very aware of that.
It was one of the first [albums] of the sort of singer-songwriter [genre] … but you couldn't realize it by the time the album came out, 'cause so many other guys with the same approach by then had gotten out there.
A further cause of frustration — and potential public confusion — was MGM's releasing its own version of John B. Sebastian shortly after Reprise did catalog no.
SE, the same number issued to the album by MGM in early MGM's version used the album's originally commissioned cover art, and contained similar liner notes to the Reprise version with some inaccuracies; in particular, bassist Harvey Brooks's name is consistently misspelled as "Brooke" on the MGM cover.
Sebastian despite the artist's no longer being associated with them. SE,  released September MS released March Writing for Allmusiccritic William Ruhlman would suggest that Sebastian stretched further in the style of his music on John B.
Sebastian after leaving the Lovin' Spoonful, noting that "The songs continued Sebastian's trend toward a more personal writing style, many of them containing images of travel that corresponded to his peripatetic lifestyle But just like Spoonful albums used to, this drags in the second half, and I feel vaguely let down. Musician credits are as per the liner notes to both Reprise's and MGM's releases of the album.
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