John “JT” Stivers: composes, plays guitar and sings, and also plays bass and banjo. JT spent 11 years in New York City as a core member of Genyflyte, an urban contemporary band featuring Traviso Milner (Gerald Levert, Roy Ayers, Isaac Hayes) and Butch Lee (Isaac Hayes). John has major label credits as a guitarist on MCA, Spring, and Polygram, and is featured on albums by Curtis Blow (w/ Bob Dylan and George Clinton from Parliament/Funkadelic) and Rahmlee Michael Davis (Earth, Wind, & Fire; the Phenix Horns).
John has also performed with Brent Carter (Tower of Power vocalist) for Melba Moore productions, and with musicians from D-Train, Cameo, Michael Jackson’s band, and the Duke Ellington Orchestra. John’s country rock group, the Dead River Band, also played around New York City, and opened for Jonathon Edwards at the Lone Star Café. Since coming to Maine in 1989, John has played in Maine groups including the Funk Junkies, David Good (with Jeff Willis), Georgia Humphrey (Edith Jones Project), Under the Covers, and The Bridgewalkers. In January, 2016, John released his new solo CD,
Threadbare Agnostic. He composed all songs and played most of the instruments.
John has also worked on projects with members of Maine bands such as the Delta Knights, the Tony Boffa Band, Victory Swing Band, and Papa Loves Mambo. He is a prolific composer. John is a proud member of ASCAP.