John Floridis - Musician
John Floridis, Missoula, Montana based guitarist, singer-songwriter and composer has been a resident in the "Big Sky" state since 1993 having moved there from the strong shouldered, down-but-never-out city of Cleveland, Ohio. He has released 7 recordings mixing bluesy, folk-rock vocal tunes with adventurous solo acoustic guitar compositions including two very popular winter themed recordings "December's Quiet Joy" and “The Peaceful Season.” His most recent recording is “Live From 11th and Grant”, the soundtrack from his Northwest Emmy Award winning performance for the Montana PBS program of the same name. The recording features drummer Ed Stalling and bassist John Sporman who combine with Floridis to form the John Floridis Trio.
John has been named Missoula's best musician by the Missoula Independent and remains a consistent finalist in that category. He has performed for over two decades at numerous concert series, festivals and music clubs in the Western region. He has shared the stage with artists as diverse as Shawn Colvin, Derek Trucks, Patty Griffin, Richard Thompson, Emmylou Harris, Bruce Cockburn, Kelly Joe Phelps, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Patty Larkin.
John is also the producer and host of Musician’s Spotlight for Montana Public Radio which has been named winner of the Montana Broadcasters Award for Best Non-Commercial Program
Prior to his full time career in music, John worked with emotionally troubled youth as a registered music therapist and clinical social worker both in Ohio and Montana.