Over 50 years of guitar study, over 3 decades of live and studio playing covering a wide range of styles in every corner of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area 

Rocking Horse - Cheyenne - Avalon Hawk - Citizen - The Jazz Masters - Dayz -
Idle Hands - The Passing Strange - The Incredible Johnsons -
Cindy Ashland and Country Thunder - Big Money Grip - The Deacons -
The Chris Polk Band - Switched At Birth - WildMan! -
Anthology - Full Mesh - The New Deacons - Cargo and the Heavy Lifters -
Silver Lining


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Silver Lining on the move! 

Silver Lining picked up two new gigs for November and we're very excited about them both.  Friday, November 13th at the Velocity 5 in Sterling, and also Saturday, November 28th at O'Shaughnessy's - our home away from home - in Old Town Alexandria. Follow the "Shows" tab for all the info, directions and times!

Silver Lining Rock and Rolling 

Silver Lining has scheduled two additional shows, November 13 at Velocity 5 in Sterling, VA and a second show on November 28 at O'Shaughnessy's in Alexandria.  We are very much looking forward to both of these jobs, as Velolcity 5 is a new room for Silver Lining, and we hope to book a number of additional shows in the future.  O'Shaughnessy's has been very friendly to us on the Monday nights we've showcased there and now has asked us to headline a Saturday night after Thanksgiving.  

Randy McCargo and the Heavy Lifters @ John Strongbow's Taveren 

Another great night at Strongbow's Tavern in Old Town Alexandria.  Saturday, Oct 3rd starting at 8:00.  This is the third gig for this fresh new band and it's really picking up steam.  Randy McCargo - vocals, Jim Wilson - guitar and keyboards, John Sterling - guitar, John O'Connor - bass and Shawn Paxton - drums.  R&B, groove blues, good old hittin' and stickin' rock and roll.  Good food, good booze, great people in the lovely town of Old Town.

Grand Opening - S&M Studios 

9/9/15: John Sterling and Charles Mitchell have joined forces to build a new demo studio at the Rose Hill home location of Charles Mitchell.  Called S&M Studios, the new studio is equipped with the ability to record 8 tracks simultaneously currently, with plans to expand to 16.  This adds high quality recording to what is now a very busy rehearsal hall.  Currently the studio is home to over 5 bands and music projects involving more that 25 musicians.  New original recordings will be available as early as January 1. 

The Deacons @ Paradiso 

The Deacons: Jim Wilson - keys, Charles Mitchell - drums, John Sterling - guitar, John O'Conner - bass, Geoff Holdridge - electric viola
Once again The Deacons are back at The Paradiso in Franconia to shake, rattlle and roll.  Show starts at 8:00.  This is the third of 5 shows booked at The Paradiso, with a return in October and another in December

Silver Lining does Takoma Park 

A wonderful free concert at the Old Town Takoma Park Gazebo on a beautiful Sunday, August 8.  Silver Lining had a great, tight show.  We met many, many new friends and we will be back in September and again in October.  Dates to be announced.

Deacons return to Paradiso 

The Deacons are returning to The Paradiso, Saturday, April 18th. John Sterling on guitar, Jim Wilson keys, Geoff Holdridge electric viola, John O'Connor bass and Charles Mitchell drums.  A wonderful variety of Americana with music from all over the country and all over the ages.

Silver Lining Releases First CD 

6 songs, including "Born Under A Bad Sign", "Congo Square", "Just A little Bit", "Stone Free", "Feeling Alright", and "Chevrolet" was release 4/6/15.  They will be available at all Silver Lining shows and those on the mailing list may receive one free by mail upon request. Many thanks to Eamon Loftus for his masterful audio engineering on this project.

Deacons at Colonial Tavern 

After a wonderful and highly successful debut in November, The Deacons are making a second live appearance at this very fun and classy Old Town Fredericksburg Tavern.  Come to the "Home Of The Irish Brigade" to tap your toes and have fun with great music, food, cold drinks and great people.
Silver Lining at the Taste of Tysons festival, 2013

Silver Lining at the Taste of Tysons festival, 2013