About John Bohlinger
John Bohlinger is a Nashville musician working primarily in television. Best know as the band leader for NBC’s hit program “Nashville Star”, John also leads the band on the several other television programs on USA, GAC, CMT and PBS Networks. John originally moved to Nashville to pursue a song-writing career but soon found guitar playing a more stable means of feeding his family. John became the consummate Nashville sideman; he has accompanied over fifty major label artist throughout his tenure in Nashville including Bret Michaels of Poison, Sara Evans, Leann Rimes, Hank Williams, Jr, Kenny Rogers, The Beach Boys, Randy Owen of Alabama, Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues and many others. A versatile multi instrumentalist, John has recorded master sessions on electric and acoustic guitars, bass, pedal steel and mandolin.
Hundreds of John’s musical compositions have made it to television, primarily as background music in Nashville Star as well as advertisements, major motion pictures and documentaries. John’s songs have also been recorded by major and independent label artists world wide.
In 2001, John left the music business and worked toward a PhD in psychology. Unable to completely leave the arts, John began pitching a book idea entitled “A Guitar and A Pen” eventually enlisting his friend Robert Hicks as a partner. The book of short stories by Nashville songwriters was eventually published by Center Street in 2008.
John writes a monthly column entitled “Last Call” for Premier Guitar Magazine. “Last Call” is a somewhat comedic, instructional guide to earning a living as a musician. Although working and aspiring musician comprise the main demographic, music fans are drawn to his column as well.
John writes his Blog “Living with Losing your Child” in an attempt to help recover from the loss of his beloved son, August.