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’.
I’m stoked to be doing a run of Alaskan shows to support the release of my new album ‘Lonely Mountain’. Tickets and links below:
11/14 • Arctic Entries • Anchorage • 7pm • Sold Out
11/17 • Spenard Church of Love • Anchorage • 8pm • Tickets
11/18 • Sheldon Arts Hangar • Talkeetna • 7:30pm • Tickets
11/19 • House Concert • Anchorage • 7pm • Private Event
12/1 • Sutton Public Library • Sutton • 7:30pm • Tickets In Advance
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:
I’ll be playing an intimate show at the Spenard Church of Love on April 21. This show will be unique in that I’ll be performing unplugged and just utilizing the natural reverb and ambience of the room for sound. I’ll also be recording the performance to release as part of a live album in the fall. Tickets are already selling and there’s only 150 available. Get them HERE!
I recently spent a week recording a new album with The Hannah Yoter Band. We headed out to Hope, Alaska and set up camp/ recording studio at a beautiful log home, complete with a kitchen, bathroom, and bedrooms for recording/ sleeping.
We set up the drums in the main room (which had a beautiful 25′ vaulted ceiling), and put the various band members in different rooms to provide isolation for their respective instrument microphones. The goal was to record the band live, yet have the option to overdub instruments. This plan worked like a charm as we worked 4 long, consecutive days to record 11 songs.
I was impressed with the level of skill each band member brought to the table, and I feel like the band truly captured a special moment in time. A great project to be a part of.
Currently, we are recording Hannah’s vocals, along with a few other overdubs. Stay tuned for release info. Until then, check out www.hannahyoter.com
I just finished recording the debut EP from Anchorage duo Saturday Cinders. The band, comprised of singer and guitarist Rodolfo “Ro” Chavez and vocalist, pianist, and guitarist Rayne Rabe, formed in June of 2014. Their work explores different musical ideas and seeks to create a feeling of shared experiences through storytelling.
Rayne and Ro were a pleasure to work with in the studio, and they really worked hard to create something they were proud of. Look for thier EP, “We Marry In The End” to drop digitally on 2.14.16
Read the full review here at Glide Magazine.
EVAN PHILLIPS- SILHOUETTES (ALBUM REVIEW)
June 8, 2015 by Maeri Ferguson in Album Reviews, Reviews No Comments
Evan Phillips is having a hell of a year. Fresh off Resolution Road, his beautiful collaboration record with Tim Easton and Leeroy Stagger (Easton Stagger Phillips), Phillips’ new solo album Silhouettes continues his streak of gorgeously smooth pop country songwriting. Silhouettes is, in many ways, a throwback record. It has all of the moody, sparse quiet of a Simon and Garfunkel record, but it’s got soaring pop hooks to boot. It’s rootsy, but elevated and ethereal, and its intimacy is almost enough to break your heart into piece.
Produced by Phillips himself, Silhouettes has a clear and focused identity. You can hear the control he has over his sound in every note, and no song feels out of place. His voice is also strong and clear, making his layered melodies really take off, particularly on the smooth “Falling Down”. The melody flows easily and sweetly, with just a hint of darkness. This one, like a handful of others on Silhouettes, is a true road song, centered around goodbyes and the distances between. And when it gets to the bridge and you get that unexpected “bah-bah-bah-bah” background harmony, it’s surprising and subtle in the best way. This song is Phillips’ gem, and he smartly opens with it.
The spare and stunning acoustic guitars on Silhouettes often take the spotlight, as in the purely instrumental “Afterschool Special”, a strange and mysterious track that seems to come out of nowhere. Yet, it fits, and it’s so majestic, somehow maintaining that road song vibe with its driving melody. It’s almost impossible not to feel like you’re staring out at a dark highway, hypnotized by the beams of the headlights.
“Silhouettes”, the title track is another tune shrouded in a kind of magic mysteriousness. The hushed, whispery vocals are set against twinkling guitar notes that sound like they’re shooting out delicate rays of light.
The second half of the record is so full of addictive pop hooks, from “Let Me Let You”, to “Lonely Mountain”, “Space Walker” and “Guess I Was Just Young”. Not one of these songs misses the mark. Elements of singer-songwriters like Josh Rouse, Jeff Tweedy and Ryan Adams show themselves, especially in “Space Walker” and “Lonely Mountain”, and “Lost in the Night”. The catchy choruses are undeniable and impossible to forget, like great pop songs ought to be. Phillips’ voice is wistful, smooth and sweet, turning it up when he needs to and containing it beautifully.
There’s an exciting energy to this record, as though it’s a vibrant release for Phillips. If Silhouettes is any indication, Phillips is bursting at the seams with picturesque rootsy tunes he is eager to share. And if they sound anything like these ones, we’ll be just as eager to listen.