While Jon had written a handful of songs for his band, Union Springs, in the 1990s, he first gained prominence as a songwriter in 2001, when The Chapmans recorded two of his songs on their Follow Me release for Pinecastle records; one of them, “Losing Again,” became one of the most widely aired songs of the year on bluegrass radio, earning him a nomination for SPBGMA’s Songwriter Of The Year award. Still, it took several years before he scored his next major cut, placing “Blown Away And Gone” on the Del McCoury Band’s Grammy-winning The Company We Keep.

By that time, Jon’s catalog was beginning to grow more consistently, thanks to co-writing sessions with collaborators like Mark Simos, Mountain Heart’s Jim Van Cleve, and Blue Highway’s Tim Stafford. By 2008, he’d accumulated more than enough material to produce an album of original songs, If This Road Could Talk, featuring a dazzling array of co-writers and guests like Stafford, the Infamous Stringdusters’ Jeremy Garrett and Andy Falco, Alison Krauss & Union Station’s Ron Block, mandolin whiz Jesse Brock and many more. At the same time, cuts with Blue Highway and the Infamous Stringdusters raised his writing profile in the bluegrass community. The following year, he added cuts by the legendary Doyle Lawson, edgy newcomers the Dixie Bee-Liners and two with his long-term employer, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, to the list.

Since then, Jon has seen a startling number of his songs recorded—more than 60 between 2011 and 2013—by a dizzying array of artists, from jamgrass favorites the Infamous Stringdusters (who put four of his songs on their Silver Sky release alone) to hard core traditionalists Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, from veterans like Special Consensus and Blue Highway to newcomers such as NewTown, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen and The Bankesters, as well as western swing’s Music City Doughboys, the Americana-flavored 1861 Project, and even overseas artists like Italy’s Red Wine.

Most recently, Jon has enjoyed success as both a performer and songwriter, with “Final Farewell” and “If That Was Love,” both written with Chris Jones and recorded by the Night Drivers, reaching the top of Bluegrass Today’s airplay chart—in the case of “Final Farewell,” achieving the coveted title of Most Played Song of 2012.