His early influences include Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Marty Robbins, Cream, and The Turtles among many others. John played Farfisa organ in his first band The Grim Reapers in Portales, New Mexico. He picked up guitar when he heard Bob Dylan and his love affair with music was sealed. He has recorded numerous solo CDs including two on Corazong Records, the premiere Americana label in Europe.
John has collaborated with many artists and writers including John Densmore of The Doors, James Intveld, Michael Blake (the writer of Dances With Wolves), Amy Rigby, Tony Gikyson, Troy Olsen, Teddy Morgan, as well as his longtime friend Kevin Costner.
John has had numerous songs in movies and television. He was the Music Supervisor of Dance With Wolves.
John moved to Los Angeles in the early ’80s, built many bands, played clubs, published songs, and pursued an acting career as well. He met Blair Forward and they formed a band called Man Alive and recorded their first album together, First Born. John met Kevin in an acting workshop in a warehouse in downtown L.A. They began to talk about building a band together. A couple of years later, John, Kevin, and Blair formed the nucleus of Kevin’s first band Roving Boy. They recorded an album and had a hit single in Japan in the late ’80s.
John moved to Tucson, Arizona in the mid ’90s and there he, Larry Cobb and Blair began playing together. Teddy Morgan moved to Tucson a few years later. They began to write together and John asked Teddy to produce his next CD. When Kevin, Blair, and John began to talk about forming the new band, Teddy and Larry were a natural fit.
John still lives in Tucson in the foothills of the Tucson Mountains with his wife Jo Andersen, a painter and printer, along with their faithful dog Ranger Spot and wild cat Beau.
John Coinman’s songs move like the wind
He is a lone coyote howling in the desert
He has secrets
He knows where the water is
You have to listen carefully
Maybe get down on your knees
And put your ear to the ground
– John Densmore of The Doors