John's work as a composer and arranger has won many accolades including a Grammy and two Emmy nominations. In 1996, Chet Atkins awarded John the first Honorary CGP (Certified Guitar Player) degree and in 2004, John was inducted into the National Thumb Picker's Hall of Fame for the second time. John earned his PhD in physics from Texas Christian University in 1968. John is a highly regarded instructor, regularly conducting workshops around the U.S. including stops at the Berkeley College of Music in Boston as well as Tommy Emmanuel Guitar Camps. Guitarists around the world subscribe to and learn from his FingerStyle Quarterly. John is also a regular contributor to Fingerstyle Magazine.