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Howdy Johnny,

I was watching a couple of your Facebook videos, noticed your Aleyas mandolin. How do you compare it to your Red Diamond July 9R? A few weeks ago you gave me a tip on a Red Diamond July9R at Morgan Music, thanks. I'm still looking for a really good high end mandolin. Cotton Music has a new Aleyas for 8K, while the RD at Morgan Music is 14.5K. Do you think the extra $ for the Red Diamond is worth it compared to the Aleyas? Happy holidays!

                                                                                                                                                                 -John Karsemeyer


Hey Johnny. I bought your Flatiron octave mandolin a few years back. Still sounds great and I play it all the time. Same goes for yourself and the band. You just keep getting better, if that is even possible. Keep it up!                                                                                                                                                                   -Steve Townsend

I really love the music on Johnny Staats' CDs, and hope to find more!  It would also be great if he's ever playing the San Francisco Bay Area, so we could see him live!

Thank you, Gary Lippman


Great evening for your show.  Loved all the music.  Miss seeing you on your delivery days at the Grantsville Dominion field office since I retired from there. 

                                                                                                                                                -Robyn Johnson                                                                                                                                                                   

Re:  People’s Bank Theatre, March 23, 2019

Great concert performance! We loved your music.

                                                                                                                                     - Dave Gray


Success! Message received.

Name: Steve Smith

Subject: Awesomeness

Message: Johnny, I was a producer and promoter and was given your Wires and Wood project for consideration. I so wish I'd of booked you. Just can't tell you what a blessing your music has been and is to me. Got some dear friends who drove for UPS. Youins are a great bunch. God bless you and your family.


Name:  Phil Winter
Subject:  Chilling over some great music, and great musicians
Message:  Hi Johnny, it's midnight here in the UK, and I'm enjoying a glass of Makers Mark listening to some of your great music on Youtube. I was also listening to the brilliant guitar player Tommy Emmanuel' who I was priveliged to see live in the UK in 2012. I searched to see if you had ever duetted with him. That would be awesome. Is there any chance you would be coming to the UK any time soon? I worked for UPS here in the UK from Carlisle for 25 years, as a package car driver, and latterly as a feeder driver until I retired 6 years ago. Happy days. Keep aiming high, getting the big picture, and come on over and make sure we see you! Keep up with your great music, all the very best to you and yours, Phil Winter.


Name: Carol Akers

Subject: Bob Evans Festival
Message: Hi Johnny It was so good to be back at the festival for 2021. My son Dusty and I love to hear you all play and sing. We love good old Bluegrass. Keep bringing wonderful music from your heart and soul to ours and the world. Your bluegrass Gospel songs really hit a place of memories. I am thankful that you are a fixture for the festival, although I do miss Music in the Holler! Until next time Carol and Dustin Akers Columbus Ohio


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Name: Daniel Hanes

Subject: Lyric theatre show

Message: just wanted to say thanks..didnt think Steven could get any better but oh boy..Last Sat watching you two play together I was astounded..thanks for pushing Steven not that you had to but youve made him a better player..thanks


Totally enjoy your music.

                                   -Evelyn Hopkins


Hey Johnny,

Good to see another Staats keeping the music fire burning.  My project, Dealt The Blues, may be a little different from what you're doing, but my son and I are big NGR and Flecktone fans as well, so I can appreciate what you're doing.  If you're ever in the upstate New York area, look me up.  Keep on pickin'.

                                                                                                                                                                -Randy Staats

Saw you on the Purple Fiddle website - Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!

                                                                                                     -Suzanne Budner

Big fan since wires and wood album.  some day we'll get you down here to Florida to play a central fla BGF.... any promoters reading this??? Palatka.. Surtoma.. Withlachoocee???? Earnie!!!

                                                                                                              -Tom Walters

Great Musicians!

                                                                                                           -Paul Lancaster

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