I’m pleased to announce the release of my new podcast, Alaska Unsolved. Season One investigates the disappearance of Erin Marie Gilbert, a 24 year old woman who disappeared from the Girdwood Forest Fair on July 1, 1995.
Through interviews with family members, law enforcement, and a myriad of eye witnesses and Alaskan characters, the podcast traces the events leading up to her disappearance, why the case remains unsolved after 24 years, and her family’s continued quest for the truth.
I’m proud to announce the release of my new 5-song EP, Cabin Vibes Volume One. The project, which was supported by a Rasmuson Individual Artist Award, was inspired by, and predominantly written and recorded at my family cabin in Ninilchik, Alaska. The collection of songs ranges from soaring and dreamy electric guitar-infused rock epics, to sparse folk ballads, drenched in steel guitar swells and haunting piano melodies. The astute listener will hear sonic salutes to bands like The War On Drugs and Kurt Vile, as well as nostalgic nods to greats of the past, like Tom Petty and the Traveling Wilburys. Cabin Vibes is available for digital download anywhere you can find good music (like Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon). Additionally, a limited-edition cd (100 total), with 4 bonus tracks, is available for purchase at Bandcamp.
I just launched season two of The Firn Line, a podcast about the lives of mountain climbers. Outdoor and climbing writer, Chris Van Leuven, wrote a piece for Outside Online about how the podcast came together. You can read that HERE.
I’m pleased to announce the upcoming release of Cabin Vibes, Volume 01. The project, which is supported by a grant from the Rasmuson Foundation, is a collection of songs inspired by the changing seasons at my family’s cabin in Ninilchik, Alaska. The songs range from high energy, hook-laden radio singles, to sparse steel guitar-infused ballads. The album is the first in a two-part series that will eventually come out as a full-length vinyl release. Cabin Vibes, Volume 01 drops officially on July 10, 2018 in digital formats, as well as a limited edition run of 100 hand-numbered and signed cds.
I’m stoked to announce the release of ‘Light Years’, the new full-length album by Alaskan songwriter Jonathan J. Bower. This was the third record we worked on together, and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. Fans of Tom Petty, Leonard Cohen and Jay Farrar will enjoy this roadworthy and wistful set of tunes. Here’s one of the singles called ‘Who Are You’.
You can now pre-order my new live album ‘Lonely Mountain‘, out November 14, 2017. This is a limited-edition pressing of 200 cd’s that will be individually numbered and signed.
‘Lonely Mountain‘ was recorded unplugged at the Spenard Church of Love on April 21, 2017 in front of an intimate crowd of 75 people. The songs span 20 years of my career as a songwriter. Pre-order gets you an instant download of the title track. The rest of the album can be downloaded on November 14.
This spring I was pleased to receive an individual artist award from the Rasmuson Foundation. I’ll be using my award to write, produce and record a new album that’s inspired by the changing seasons over the course of a year in Alaska. I’ll be doing a lot of the work at my family cabin in Ninilchik, AK. Here’s a little snippet of some of the inspiration I got this summer: