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Biography

John Jennings (born John Edward Jennings in 22 November 1953; died 16 October 2015) was an American musician: a guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, and music producer. He is most remembered for producing eight albums for Mary Chapin Carpenter.

Jennings was an early member of American heavy metal band Pentagram as part of their dual-guitar "Mark II" line-up. He left citing a lack of interest in heavy music.

He went on to collaborate with Mary Chapin Carpenter during the 1980s and into the 1990s as her primary guitarist. An album recorded to be sold at their shows was released by Columbia Records as Carpenter's 1987 debut album, Hometown Girl. His song "Willie Short " was recorded by Mary Chapin in 1994 and included on the album "Red Hot + Country", a 1994 release by the Red Hot Organization benefiting AIDS awareness.

He released his debut album "Buddy" in 1997. He subsequently released "I Belong To You" (1998), "More Noise From Nowhere" (2007), and "It's All Good" (2007).

Among his credits as a producer are eight albums which he produced for Mary Chapin Carpenter, as well as releases by BeauSoleil, John Gorka, and Janis Ian. Jennings has played acoustic, electric, slide, lap, steel and baritone guitars, synthesizers, organ, piano and percussion, sung background vocals and/or produced albums for Carpenter, the Indigo Girls, the Rankin Family, Niamh Kavanagh, Cheryl Wheeler, Iris DeMent, George Jones, Robin & Linda Williams and Auldridge, Reid & Coleman, among many others.

He was nominated for several Grammy awards, and won more than 20 Wammie (Washington Area Music Association) awards over a 20 year period.

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