Don Lassonde was born into a musical family and began playing ukulele at age 11, later switching to guitar. When he was 19, he joined a band and played lead guitar in dance bands weekly for 15 years. He continues playing solo jobs or occasionally filling in with bands.
Although he never took formal lessons, he learned by watching and listening to guitar greats such as Les Paul, Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, Paul Yandell and others. His music is a blend of all those, creating a unique style.