Earth Songs — The New Big Blue Sky CD is Now Available

Earth Songs, the new Big Blue Sky CD, was recorded live by Iowa Public Radio at the Elkader Opera House.

Contact Jon to purchase one.

About Big Blue Sky

Jon Stravers, Jon Stravers Jr, and Jonah Chiricahua Stravers - Manzano Mountains, New Mexico, September 2006
Jon Stravers, Jon Stravers Jr, and Jonah Chiricahua Stravers
Manzano Mountains, New Mexico, September 2006

Big Blue Sky started as a father-son duo in the mid-90’s by Jon Stravers Sr and Jon-Jon Stravers. Their musical style includes the influence of folk, bluegrass, blues, and reggae. In their music they seek a closer connection to the planet, and indeed their musical writing comes from the inspiration of wild places and a celebration of our natural heritage and the natural rhythms of life.

This inclusive musical effort has expanded in recent years and continued after the death of Jon-Jon in September of 2007. Their musical events include regluar music cruises on an excursion boat on the Mississippi River, as well as concerts at Coffee Houses, Opera Houses, cultural events, and at various celebrations of river clean-ups in the Midwestern United States.

Big Blue Sky Live at the Elkader Opera House, October 2009
Live at the Elkader Opera House, 2009

The Big Blue Sky Project

Big Blue Sky performances range from a solo act with Jon Stravers all the way to an eleven piece band (and every possible combination in between). Forty-five different musicians from eleven different states have recorded with or appeared as part of Big Blue Sky. See the list of musicans.


Big Blue Sky has released seven CDs of original compositions by Jon Stravers Jr. and Sr., including River’s Rising in 2001, Mystic Migrations in 2004, and two live recordings: a live one hour program on Iowa Public Radio entitled Live at KUNI in 2006, and Live at the Elkader Opera House in 2007. Searching for the Cosmic Groove was released in 2008 which includes Jon-Jon’s last recordings. Their newest CD, entitled Earth Songs, was released in 2013.

River's Rising(2001)
Mystic Migrations (2004)
Live at KUNI (2006)
Live IN Elkader: A Benefit for Motor Mill (2007)
Searching for the Cosmic Groove (2008)
Driftless Groove (2009)
Bird Dance (2010)
Earth Songs (2013)

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of all Big Blue Sky recordings goes towards bird conservation projects along the Mississippi River and to outdoor education programs for students of all ages in Northeast Iowa.

All CDs are available for $15 from Jon Stravers.


For bookings, CD sales, or for more information on Big Blue Sky, please contact Jon.