Over 50 years of guitar study, over 3 decades of live and studio playing covering a wide range of styles in every corner of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area 

Rocking Horse - Cheyenne - Avalon Hawk - Citizen - The Jazz Masters - Dayz -
Idle Hands - The Passing Strange - The Incredible Johnsons -
Cindy Ashland and Country Thunder - Big Money Grip - The Deacons -
The Chris Polk Band - Switched At Birth - WildMan! -
Anthology - Full Mesh - The New Deacons - Cargo and the Heavy Lifters -
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Silver Lining releases a new demo - Demo This!  

Nov 3, 2018: Silver Lining releases Demo This! A five song demo with John Sterling on guitar and vocals, Bill Seeger on bass and backing vocals and Brad Ryan on drums and backing vocals.  Songs include: Let It Roll (Little Feat), Hard To Handle (Otis Redding), Waiting On The World (John Mayer), Purple Rain (Prince - version by Radio Riddler), and Prison Of Love (Robben Ford).  CDs and thumb drives will be available at all Silver Lining shows.  


  1. Let It Roll

John Sterling and Charles Mitchell moving forward with S&M Studios 

12/17/17:  S&M Studios took another step of improvement with the addition of new acoustic treatment to the entire studio.  Both Studio A and Studio B have been overhauled as well as the control room and the difference in the acoustic response is staggering.  In addition to the acoustic treatment, the studio has added a new major microphone to it's mic selection - the RCA DX-77 ribbon microphone has been an industry standard for recording and broadcasting for over 6 decades.  It makes vocals smooth and sweet, and it is also wonderful on drums and acoustic instruments.  Also the control room has added a Presonus Faderport control surface which will speed up the recording process and make more time for creativity and performance. There are more changes planned for the studio in the coming months: adding another 8 tracks of simultaneous recording to bring the total number of tracks to 16, adding microphone signal boosters to enhance the quality of the signal to the I/O, adding an additional bass amp to Studio A, to name a few.  

Silver Lining - Moving to the Next Generation 

11/6/17:  Silver Lining is moving forward at a very fast pace, with the new drummer, Brad Ryan fully integrated the song list is rapidly turning over.  Added to the song list are cuts from Los Lobos, Radio Riddler's wonderful Ska version of Prince's "Purple Rain", more ZZ Top, Social Distortion's "Ring of Fire", Dave Edmonds, Nick Lowe and the list is still expanding.  Also added are a number of exciting originals.  This new turn, expansion of the music genres, enlargement of the repertoire is making Silver Lining one of the most exciting bands in the Northern Virginia circuit.

Cargo and the Heavy Lifters video shoot 

10/10/2017: The Heavy Lifters completed the video recording for "Trickle Down Blues" and "Habit of You" on Saturday, Oct 7 on the Jammin' Java stage.  The video is now in editing and final production.  Release is tentative to be in 3 to 6 months

Cargo and the Heavy Lifters on the move in 2017 

Jan 13, 2017: Cargo and the Heavy Lifters are starting the year with several shows locked up, including two new rooms.  They opened the year at Bungalow Billiards in Chantilly and are due to go back for three more show there starting in April.  Also added to the schedule this year so far are two shows at Madigan's Waterfront in Occoquan, Va starting in February.  Check the "Shows" tab for dates and info.

Silver Lining to play to benefit Autism 

Silver Lining will take the stage once again at Spanky's in Leesburg to benefit the Aurora School and the special needs kids that attend the school.  The band is proud to have Full Mesh drummer Brad Ryan on this date and is really looking forward to what Brad adds to make the music groove.  The event will have food, drinks and fun.  There will be silent auctions, games and is motorcycle friendly.  It's a multi band event starting at 12:00 and going to 1:00 a.m., with Silver Lining's time slot starting at 2:50.  The band is outside at the Tiki bar in the back.  This is the fourth year Silver Lining has participated in this event.

Cargo and the Heavy Lifters at the Pavilion in City of Fairfax 

8/4/16:  It was a beautiful night and a wonderful evening of great music when Cargo and the Heavy Lifters appeared for the summer concert series in Fairfax City, in the shadow of the Courthouse.  "The Lifters" played two one hour sets, and nobody moved from the town square except for all the young people cooling off in the sidewalk fountain, directly in front of the band.  The Lifters would like to thank Bill Culver for the incredible job he did with the mix and the p.a. 

Sterling & Mitchell Studio upgrade 



S&M Studios just added a powerful set of quality studio monitors to the arsenal.  The PreSonus Eris E8s.  the E8s increase the definition of the very important low end and add brilliance on the top end.  Added also to the list of available microphones is the Cascade Fat Head ribbon microphone.  Wonderful for vocals and amplifier cabinets.  Already the ribbon microphone has enhanced, very noticeably, the sound and tone of Geoff Holdridge's electric viola.  This completes the necessary pieces to allow for full fledged, formal recordings.

John Sterling second album has started pre-production 

12/3/15: The first all original CD, "Actual Size" has been written, recorded and is in final mix and mastering with a release set for spring of 2016.  The writing and recording of the second all original CD - yet to be named - has begun and already two or three demos for it are in the can.  The second album differs from the first as for the most part, this CD is about songs, not as much instrumentals as dominated Actual Size.  An additional album called "One More Time" will be released also in 2016, that is all covers and re-vamps from favorite songs and will have a number of guest musicians on the tracks.  Stay tuned for up coming news on all these great recordings.  Also Silver Lining's 6 song demo is available for download, see the Silver Lining page.
Silver Lining at the Taste of Tysons festival, 2013

Silver Lining at the Taste of Tysons festival, 2013