John Stanley Shelley

When I'm not performing the Man on the HIll show, I do get out and about playing songs from the show, other original material, and a boat load of your favorite songs by your favorite artists. Come on by and enjoy the music.  --John

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John Stanley Shelley, whose full name is John Stanley Shelley, grew up in Keene, New Hampshire as the poor adopted son of a Unitarian minister where he was forced to grow up in a household full of love, compassion and support. He was the youngest child of two and therefore a bit of a spoiled brat. (Ask his sister.) He ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with a Ring-Ding junior every day of his childhood and watched Hogan’s Heroes and Star Trek every afternoon before dinner.

He bought his first guitar in 1978 and learned how to play a few chords. With that he went on to spend his life cooking in restaurants, waiting tables, living in basements, and eventually moving to Belize, Central America.

It was there that John would do his Jimmy Buffet thing: sailing and snorkeling during the day and playing in beach bars at night.  On one fateful day in 2015, a music director and record producer from Nashville came to San Pedro and heard John perform.  They quickly became friends and eventually joined up in Nashville, to produce an album together, “Man on the Hill.”  

John and his wife Linda moved back to Laconia, New Hampshire in 2018 where he has been performing full time-ish ever since. They have four children, three grand kids and although he is definitely too old to be a rock star, he doesn’t understand that which is why you are reading this today.


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