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Buddy Holly Tribute Artist John Mueller

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Born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, John bears a striking resemblance to Holly.

He has had a successful professional acting career including guest roles on E! Entertainment, Ellen, Lois and Clark, Brisco County Jr. and the film Bloodline which also features two of John’s original songsbut his real passion has remained with Buddy Holly and rock and roll.



John has also performed with several members of Buddy Holly's band including Tommy Allsup, Carl Bunch, and the late Niki Sullivan.  John is most proud of the praise from Niki Sullivan, a former member of Buddy's band, The Crickets: "John is a reincarnation of Buddy Holly. He is that good.” In addition, John has also won praise from Maria Elena Holly, Buddy's widowandBuddy's own brothers Larry and Travis.


Since 1999, every year has found John touring the frozen U.S. midwest to recreate the Winter Dance Party ® that was to be Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper's final tour.  John has played in every remaining ballroom that the originals did over 50 years ago. This acclaimed concert also features the son of the Big Bopper and has been described by critics and public alike as the most authentic re-creation ever done and has even garnered John the keys to the city of Green Bay, Wisconsin.  John has also raised monies for musical scholarships from these concerts.  


John takes an authentic approach to Buddy's music. He plays Holly's songs true to their original form on a reissued 1957 Fender Stratocaster--the exact year and make of Buddy's guitar and uses the same heavy flatwound guitar strings that Buddy used.  John is indeed living proof that Buddy Holly lives on.