Welcome to the new website for my band Dear Jon, & the Whale Riders! This is band leader, vocalist &
guitarist Kohl Aldjo and I'm very excited to share with you the results of our hard work and dedication over these
past many months! We're musicians who love playing great classics and new songs with a classic sound!
So if that's something you think you'd like to hear, check out what we're doing, download our songs and pick up
a sticker or T-shirt. We'd love to meet you at one of our shows so please come out and support live music!
( *huge shout-out to Dan Scholtz, the artist behind the Cowboy Ghost Rider painting. Thank You! Your work is amazing. )
DJ&WR, the beginning...
"Too much rock
for one hand!!"
This baby's got
T.C.'s motto down from day one!
"Too much rock for one hand!!" This little guy had T.C.'s motto down on day one! Nice...
Dear Jon, & the Whale Riders is a band name we came up with in dedication to our amazing drummer Jonathon who sadly, is no longer with us. At the young age of 20, Jonathon, always the adventurer, traveled to New Zealand to go whale riding and, due to a tragic accident, his life was cut way too short. Amazingly, we were able to capture his performances and keep him with us and playing together wherever we go! May his spirit forever endure whether it's riding whales or pounding on the drums!
The genres we cover are Southern Rock, Texas Blues, Classic Rock and some Olde School Country.
If you check out our song list you'll see that while we play covers, we are NOT one of the dozen or more
tribute bands that only play music by one artist. Nor do we only play music from a particular decade!
( Jon would turn over in his grave if we weren't doing music by his two favorite artists; Johnny Cash and the Foo Fighters!)
So our music is a very cool mix of great songs that would be perfect for a Car Show, Bike Run, Chili Cook Off,
Brewpub, Pig Roast, Dive Bar, Tailgate Party, or back yard BBQ. A friend of mine even pointed out that rather than wedding receptions our music would be perfect if you're throwing yourself a Divorce Party! - ( Now we're talkin'…!! )
We have a few originals we're working on and an album is in the pipeline so at some point festivals and concerts are something we'll be shooting for.
First album in the works!
DJ&WR will be playing our first gigs at
some new venues. Please check out
our "LIVE!" page for upcoming
During this lull in our gigging schedule
we've been redirecting our efforts towards recording our 1st album! Looking forward
to showing everyone the fruits of our
(Please click on our "Music" or "shop" page)
If you've already downloaded our songs
from iTunes we want to thank for your
support of our hard work and creativity!
The first song completed towards a full length album
is our tribute to one of my favorite Singer/Songwriters, Rodney Crowell.