John Munson

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John Munson
Born (1966-12-13) December 13, 1966 (age 51)
InstrumentsBass, Piano, Guitar
Associated actsTrip Shakespeare, Pleasure/Semisonic, The New Standards, The Flops, The Twilight Hours, John Munson & the Witnesses, Dan Wilson

John Munson (born December 13, 1966) is an American musician who is best known as the bass player for Semisonic. He was also a member of Trip Shakespeare during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Trip Shakespeare[edit]

Matt Wilson, lead vocalist of Trip Shakespeare, recalled how Munson joined that band in 1985:


When Trip Shakespeare dissolved, Munson and fellow band member Dan Wilson—Matt's brother—formed a new band called Pleasure with Jacob Slichter, which later became Semisonic.

Current projects[edit]

Currently Munson is working on several different projects, including working with former Trip Shakespeare mate Matt Wilson on new songs as The Flops and later The Twilight Hours,[2] and also on the New Standards, a band that plays covers of a wide variety of music in a jazz format. Other members of the New Standards include Chan Poling (formerly of Minneapolis dance pop band The Suburbs) and Steve Roehm. Munson teaches Sound For Image class at MCTC college in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Munson has also provided music and commentary for the program "Wits" on Minnesota Public Radio. While performing on Wits, Munson's back-up band was called the Witnesses and its members were as follows: Janey Winterbauer on vocals, Steve Roehm on vibes, Richard Medek on drums, and Joe Savage on pedal steel.[3]


  1. ^ Craig MacInnis, Behold Pop's Extravagant Toolmasters, Toronto Star, October 18, 1991, p. D3.
  2. ^ "John Munson and Matt Wilson ascend to Soft Rock Heaven". The Twilight Hours. Retrieved 2011-07-18.
  3. ^ "Minnesota Public Radio: Wits".