Jonathan studied the classical guitar in high school for four years under Carey Harwood and Larry Clayton, MA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In both 2001 and 2002 Jonathan was selected to attend the Cannon Music Camp at Appalachian State University to further his skills in classical and jazz guitar and music theory. He was in a variety of musical ensembles including three years in the jazz ensemble and a year in chorus. At the end of his junior year he picked up the dobro as a third instrument and started playing gigs with various local bluegrass musicians. All of his instructors and performing experiences equipped Jonathan with the skills and courage to pursue higher musical training at the university level.
Jonathan moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 2002 to attend Belmont University’s School of Music as a guitar performance major. As a freshman, he was accepted to play dobro in the Belmont Bluegrass Ensemble, directed by Michael McClain. Jonathan enjoyed his guitar studies but ultimately wanted to focus his musical attention to the dobro. Belmont worked with Jonathan to create a unique dobro major but unfortunately could not offer a qualified dobro instructor. Jonathan took it upon himself to pursue Tracy Silverman who is known as an innovator on his instrument. Tracy taught Jonathan jazz improvisation and helped him to develop his own unique style. He also took jazz improvisation on a more rhythmic level with Paul Abrams. He studied music theory and ear training for two years at Belmont. For the last two years outside of Belmont he has studied dobro with Randy Kohrs. Jonathan frequently gigs at Belmont and around Nashville.
Musicians for Recording Session:
Dobro: Jonathan Tarlton
Mandolin: Ethan Ballinger
Guitar: William Dyer
Bass: Chris Williamson
Jonathon Tarlton - Christmas Times A Comin'
Produced/Arranged by: Jonathan Tarlton
Engineered by: Randy Kohrs & Mike Laterall
Mixed by: Randy Kohrs
CHRISTMAS TIME S A COMIN (Legal Title) BMI Work #212767
Songwriter/Composer Current Affiliation CAE/IPI # OWENS BUCK BMI 23179401 SIMPSON RED BMI 40769676 Publishers CENTRAL SONGS BMI 5710228