Cover painting “Day Break” by Alice Webb

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White Flag – A ‘divine intervention’ in the form of a run-in with the law
Chesapeake Bay – Even in sobriety, life can present challenges
The Help I Need is there if I’m honest, open, and willing

Experience, Strength and Hope through Song

During the 1960s hippie movement, the mind-altering substances were part of the culture, part of the adventure. For three days in August of 1969, John soaked up the music, the mud and the vibe at Woodstock, and a few months later decided to drop out of college to get a ‘real’ education. Sacramento to Cheyenne brings to life his years of traveling the country via thumb and freight train.

John settled in a New Mexico new age spiritual community, where he didn’t drink or use drugs for 8 years. When his marriage broke up and he left the group, the drugs and alcohol returned. 

Years later and re-married, he found himself leading The Double Life, one while he was on the road working for the family business, and the other while he was home with his wife and children. John’s Addiction had reached a point where he could no longer get through a day without drinking or using. The inner torture became a War (a song written by his son, Jackson).

In White Flag, John recalls a ‘divine intervention’ in the form of a run-in with the law. His true recovery journey began at Marworth Treatment Center in 1992. His cover of the John Hiatt song Thirty Years of Tears describes the rehab experience.

Subsequent songs on the album show how John has maintained sobriety and spiritual growth through working a 12-step program, Learning to Serve and much Gratitude. Chesapeake Bay acknowledges that even in sobriety, life can present serious challenges. The album closes with the title song Hope Road, which offers encouragement to listeners by describing what’s possible in a sober life.

“John’s journey through these emotional recovery songs is raw and real. I found myself being drawn into my own dark past and the path to peace and sobriety as the inspiration of this message washed over me. It’s a wonderful reminder that true recovery in sobriety is possible.”

– Patrick D.

JOHN DILLON is recognized for his work as producer and co-host (along with his wife Vivian Nesbitt) of Art of the Song a one-hour program about songwriting and creativity heard across America on over 100 public radio stations. His book The 20-20 Creativity Solution gives readers a step-by-step process to enhance their creativity. As a luthier, John has built over 80 custom guitars for the likes of Hank Williams, Jr., Trisha Yearwood, the Mavericks and Steve Earle. 

John lives on a farm in upstate New York with Vivian, her mother, two dogs, two horses and lots of guitars.

“I love the lyrics… a wonderful way to carry a message of hope for recovery… a new resource for the recovery advocacy movement.”

– William L. White, Emeritus Sr. Research Consultant, Chestnut Health Systems, Past-chair, Recovery Communities United

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WE WANT THIS MUSIC TO BE HEARD BY ANYONE IN NEED – The album (CD or Download) is available on a pay-what-you-wish basis. If you are able, please make a contribution to help offset costs and get this message of hope to more people.

TRACK LIST:
1. Sacramento to Cheyenne
2. The Double Life
3. Addiction
4. War
5. White Flag
6. Thirty Years of Tears
7. The Help I Need
8. Learn to Serve
9. Chesapeake Bay
10. BYOG
11. Gratitude
12. Hope Road

Live Performance

John is available to perform HOPE ROAD at rehab centers, colleges, coffeehouses, sober living facilities and anywhere the message of recovery is needed. Email John for more information: john dot artofthesong at gmail dot com

Hope & Coffee recovery coffeehouse, Tamaqua PA

“John Dillon’s performance of HOPE ROAD was both fun and poignant for our diverse coffeehouse audience with varied experiences with recovery. As a singer-songwriter, John created a genuine connection with our listeners who head-nodded to his lyrics and toe-tapped to his guitar as he took them on his recovery journey.” 

– Micah Gursky, Director, Hope & Coffee, Tamaqua PA