John van Amerongen

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Singer/songwriter John van Amerongen has been developing his personal style and sharing his musical talent on Vashon Island for more than 40 years -- ever since he stepped up to the mic to share his signature tune "Truckstop Chili" and perform with his bluegrass band of the same name.

Armed with an open-tuned acoustic guitar, a wry sense of humor and the ability to tell stories of hard-working men and women, he has performed live and delighted radio listeners up and down the Northwest & Alaska coastline from Astoria to Dutch Harbor. In 2006 he performed as an invited guest at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, NV. In March of this year his songs highlighted the annual Prince of Wales “Whalefest” in Craig, AK. Beyond his original maritime and commercial fishing ballads, he remains devoted to classic country, straight bluegrass, harmonic gospel and anything else that celebrates America’s true grit and independent spirit.