John Wesley (guitarist)

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John Wesley
John Wesley (Wes) onstage solo at the 2009 Marillion weekend in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Background information
OriginBrandon, Florida, United States[1]
Instrumentsguitar, vocals, bass guitar
Years active1979–present
Associated actsPorcupine Tree
Mike Tramp
Sound of Contact

John Wesley, also known as Wes Dearth (born John Wesley Dearth, III in June 1962)[2] is an American singer, songwriter and guitar player. John Wesley's professional music career began in the early 1980s in the Tampa, Florida area where he founded 1991 Southwestern Music Conference's showcase act Autodrive along with drummer/producer Mark Prator. The following year, Wesley embarked on a solo career and became the opening act for British rockers Marillion on seven consecutive tour legs around the world, especially North and South America, the UK and Europe.

In 1998, Wesley and ex-White Lion frontman Mike Tramp were the opening act for the Peter Frampton/Lynyrd Skynyrd tour. Following this was several world tours with Marillion's former singer Fish. In 2001, John Wesley was the primary co-writer of Fish’s Fellini Days album. He has performed as sideman, guitarist/vocalist for Porcupine Tree, during the In Absentia, Deadwing, Fear of a Blank Planet and The Incident world tours.

In 2005, Wesley produced and recorded his fifth studio release, Shiver. The album was co-produced by drummer and co-owner of his Tampa, Florida recording studio, RedRoom Recorders, Inc., Mark Prator, and mixed by Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree. In 2011, Wesley partnered with UK native Dean Tidey (live guitarist with Feeder), to produce his EP, The Lilypad Suite. Wesley’s sixth full-length studio album, Disconnect, was released in 2014.

On August 24, 2007, Wesley announced that he was making his back catalog of solo material available for free download on his website.

In March 2013, Wesley performed with Sound of Contact as their live guitarist for the Marillion Weekend concert in Montreal, Quebec.[3] He then joined the band for their European tour in May 2013[4] and was a part of two Sound of Contact music videos produced in relation to the band's debut album, Dimensionaut.

Other musicians Wesley has worked beside include Sean Malone, Steve Hogarth and Steve Rothery. He has also performed as an occasional fill-in bassist and lead guitarist for Florida-based group Sister Hazel.

In 2018, Wesley performed lead vocals with international artists ÚMÆ on their debut album titled Lost in the View, which was released on January 3rd, 2019. Guest performers on this project also include Adam Holzman (Steven Wilson, Miles Davis) and Conner Green (Haken).

Studio and touring personnel for the John Wesley band:

  • John Wesley - Lead guitar and vocals
  • Patrick Bettison - Bass
  • Mark Prator - Drums and Percussion
  • Dean Tidey - Guitar


Studio albums[edit]

  1. 1994 - Under the Red and White Sky
  2. 1995 - The Closing of the Pale Blue Eyes
  3. 1998 - The Emperor Falls
  4. 2002 - Chasing Monsters
  5. 2004 - John Wesley:TEN
  6. 2005 - Shiver
  7. 2011 - The Lilypad Suite
  8. 2014 - Disconnect
  9. 2016 - A Way You'll Never Be


  1. 1994 - The Last Light
  2. 1995 - John Wesley
  3. 2003 - Fly Boy

Live releases[edit]

  1. 1998 - Waiting for the Sun to Shine in Paris
  2. 1998 - Wesfest 98
  3. 1999 - Starting the Engine II
  4. 1999 - WesFest 1999
  5. 2000 - The John Wesley Bachelor Party Tour
  6. 2002 - The Chicago and Frisco Bootlegs
  7. 2006 - Live at Katie Fitzgerald's
  8. 2009 - Oxford
  9. 2010 - Live at the L'Olympia
  10. 2013 - Live at Morrisound 30th Anniversary Show



  1. ^ "Brandon guitarist tours with British rock band Porcupine Tree". The Tampa Tribune. 2010-04-22. Archived from the original on 2010-04-25. Retrieved 2010-04-23.
  2. ^ Public records shows a birth date of Jun 1962 for John W Dearth in Florida.
  3. ^ Sound of Contact LIVE in Montreal March 24 Opening for Marillion. Archived 2013-10-20 at the Wayback Machine Sound of Contact. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
  4. ^ Sound of Contact Announce European Tour With Spock's Beard. Archived 2013-10-20 at the Wayback Machine Sound of Contact. Retrieved 2013-06-10.

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