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Casey Foster Neel

September 9, 2014

"Talking Canary" is a lost '60's gem, John. You got an original, period mix of it somewhere? Thanks. Good talking to you again.

Uncle Fred Wilson

November 13, 2012

Trying to recover from the shock of typing in Cast Down Your Ribbons Girl and there it was. I heard it sung a couple of times in 1969 by a guy from CO Springs. I don't remember his name but he was small in stature and he said the girl was slightly older than the songwriter. But did it ever stick in my head all these years. Oral tradition lives!

Forest Dingman

January 19, 2012

Just thinking about the songwriters group, all those years ago, Hope all is well with you and yours. You were writing great stuff even then.

Shelia Quattlebaum

December 9, 2011

Listening this morning... miss seeing you "around." Hope all is well. Say hello when you have a chance. Merry Christmas~~

Paul evans

October 18, 2011

LOL! Comin' around a damned ol' season, tryin' ta catch my ROLLIN' WAVE! I love ya, man!

BUck Corrigan

March 4, 2009

Just found your website after googling James Berthrongs name,..nice website.....beautiful music. Thanks for that.


Shelia Quattlebaum

February 12, 2009

John, Listening to IN THE SHADE OF THE DAY. .so very, very pretty. Hope you know that I am a fan of yours.. I also consider you one of my well-respected "mentors" in my songwriting journey. Thank-you. ~~Shelia

Steve Williams

January 28, 2009

I read the lyrics and listened to This Hill when you posted it on Tunesmith. There are some talented people there, but this, to me, is still the best song I've yet seen posted. It's a song, it's a poem, it's a short story. It's very well done. I greatly enjoyed listening to it again today, as well as several others.

Judy Whiting

December 26, 2008

John...saw the link to your site on Songramp and thought I'd check it site!

Happy New Year!


Jeremy Swayne

November 6, 2008

Listened to some of the more recent Mp3's you have on your site. "This Hill" is my favorite!! I would love to learn it. It is told from such an interesting perspective and so well written. I really like "Carry the Cowboy Home" too. The production you did on that gives it a very cool western feel! You have always been my biggest inspiration for writing!


October 25, 2008

Hey John,
Just logged on for a kick, you've still got 'it' after all these years...your voice is beautiful (as always). XS

Moira Theriault

June 24, 2008

I like your site, John. Thank you for giving Black Rose Acoustic Society a mention. As always, we love to host you at BRAS, and I still get goosebumps when you sing, "This One Belongs to Me".

Lee Patterson

June 23, 2008

Thank you for a wonderful song set at Buffalo Grass Acoustic Society in Peyton last Friday! It's always a privilege to have you on our stage, and our audience always talks about the special experience they have when you perform there.

Coke 2 Lindsey

March 25, 2008

Being a senior songwriter and a member of NSAI, I am also active in our local songwriters group here in Birmingham, Alabama.
I could relate to your Bio, I took the same route.
I shall visit your site again just to listen to your songs. Please visit my site.

Paul Pedersen

March 1, 2008

Congratulations on being named "Songwriter Of The Year", my friend! Just thought I'd stop by and listen to "Rollin' Wave" again (and again) and wish ya the best, man!

Sharon K. Whitney

December 16, 2007

Listening to yur cd "Waiting to hear from you" and am in awe of both your voice and your songwriting skills. When are you coming back to Canon City, CO?

Paul Evans Pedersen, Jr.

August 10, 2007

Cool web-site, and FANTASTIC songs! You have the "it", my friend. Your vocals, in and of themselves, take me "places", not to mention the songs you write. I just listened to "Hill". An incredible point of view!
Gotta tell ya, though. "Rollin'" is still my favorite!
Perhaps someday, the gods will bring about a chance meeting between you and Mark Knopfler. The two of you in an accoustic duet, doing each other's songs, would be mind boggling.

See ya, Man.


karen ryan

July 8, 2007

James and I produced Carrying A Friend. His music deserved to be heard the world over. It was music from the heart and soul, preformed by a master musician with the voice, notes and chords of human anquish and wonder.


June 24, 2007

John, just a quick note to tell you (as I did after the concert) how very much I enjoyed your music at the Woodland Park venue. The harmonies were tight and moving. As the owner of two forty-year-old guitars that now sound so rich that I'm embarrassed at my feeble attempts to play them, I had the good fortune to experience the height of the folk movement (60's and 70's), singing throughout the Midwest. Your MAMAS performance has reminded me that it's the music as well as the words that allow us to truly express ourselves and how we feel in life. You've heard all the rave reviews for "This one belongs to me", and I'm pretty sure that I've got it down, with only a slight change: "but the whiskey won the war". Thank you for your comittment to your music and the joy and appreciation you bring to all who are so privileged to hear you.

Marrin Fitton (Sampson)

June 16, 2007

John - I heard about Jimmy via Sunny (Peggy) via Jenny - wish I could have been to the celebration of his life. I still have some great photos of him from back in the day. They are sitting in a trunk of memorabilia I have. I would like to give them to someone who really would like them. He has held a very special place in my heart for all these years. I hesitated to get in touch with him because of opening "that door". Petty fears - but real non the less. Those were the innocent days and I prefer to remember them that way. I did love him as much as a 17/18 yr old girl could.
Would also like to visit with Steve Pelican again if you have his contact info. We had a very special connection. I hope you are doing well. Like your music - Thanks for the memories with the triibute music - I am enjoying it and I know Jimmy would approve!! Take care

Chip Sorensen

March 23, 2007

I really enjoyed your songs at the CRAS. I especially like your lyrics and phrasing - your guitar playing is great too.

Ron Gall

February 12, 2007

Thanks for another great performance at the Canon Rose.....your songs have imagery much like Jim new Harley Davidson is my "Midlife Harley" but the battery aint low !!!

bonnie kittel

February 9, 2007

Your songs "got to me" tonight at BRAS - hope to see/hear more of you

sonny bell

December 1, 2006

John, I am proud to know you as a friend. I have always enjoyed your music. Hopefully I can hear your son and the others from your family who follow you. I'm sure there's a lot of talent in all who are your relatives. I hope you get to enjoy a huge hit some day. I will rejoice with you when it happens.

Gina Paoni

November 18, 2006

Hello friend! Love your site. Congratulations on your success. Your music sounds great!

Go with God,
Gina (water2wine)

Mary White

November 12, 2006

Like what you did to your web site!!!! See you at MAMA's!

Forest Dingman

November 6, 2006

Great web page John, Hope this finds you well,Im here in Mo. Have a 6 year old now Taylor John Named after J.T. OLder son on second tour of BAHGdad. It sure has given me some gray hairs but pray for the best. Tell everyone Hi for Me and take care PS Weht and saw McMartney in Omaha last Oct. FAntastic!


September 27, 2006

Beautiful song! Why do I always cry when I hear so many of your songs?


August 28, 2006

I heard This one belongs to me last night here in Denver. What a beautiful song. Thanks

ps. Sons and Brothers at the Swallow Hill Folk Festival. They were terrific and did your song proud!

Nan Cassidy

August 1, 2006

Tunesmith is very honored and proud to have you as our August 2006 Spotlight Songwriter.

Jason Bennett

June 9, 2006

Nice work John. Can't wait to get the cd......


May 30, 2006

...Beautiful music I've been enjoying for 10 years.


May 20, 2006

I saw you last night with my daughter. I was in awe of your voice and song writing talent. You are truely heaven sent.

Jason Davis

January 28, 2006

You got yourself a real nice site here John. Keep up the great work!