Not “HEARD” Before: a singer-songwriter with a signature power sound. Hooks, feel and songwriting: Jonathan Auerbach nails it with his Nashville recorded #3 CD-- HEARD (2010), a cache of fresh rock all-originals with Jonathan fronting recording and touring aces who have played with the likes of Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Fleetwood Mac and John Fogerty. “Tour” de Force: A powerhouse performer with or without the band... Jonathan plays with abandon, on tours across the USA, Italy, Austria, Spain and Portugal, garnering worldwide radio play, press praise, and a notable USA and Europe fan base. Jonathan muses, “ My aim as a songwriter and performer is great rock songs that hit like a missile, big on impact and explosive emotion, a big molecule-rearranging sound that cuts through the radio drone and people shout: ‘holy #!*$!!, who was that?!’ Current and Caring: Jonathan’s ongoing commitment to secure the future of music therapy in cancer care at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute – donating and raising money, raising awareness, and teaching music to kids with cancer – Jonathan has raised upwards of $85,000 to support it. Jonathan also partners with the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. His bold single, “Brave Woman, Brave Man” – from “HEARD” – is a salute to all our American men and women in uniform serving overseas at great cost and sacrifice to defend the United States and freedom at home and around the world. The song/lyrics are available for listening and for purchase at www.jonathanauerbach.com and through Amazon, iTunes and all other major digital distributors, with 100% of the proceeds it generates going directly to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
It's a Hit, man! Have you Heard? Range, depth, beats, twists, and licks… On Heard, Jonathan Auerbach deftly mixes a voice of piercing lyrics with soaring music. The whole shebang from beginning to end, beautiful.
Tom Brogan, DJ and Host of the Funny Thing - WOMR Radio - Provincetown, MA (2010)
One Great CD! In this new era where the search for meaning and purpose is resonating so distinctly, Jonathan Auerbach's new Nashville-recorded rock CD HEARD is a testament to what is on the minds of many. The music is a welcome departure from the mainstream pop-culture that seems to prevail with redundancy, combining thought-evoking lyrics with a soulful sound that is powerful and unique. Great CD! Holly Robinson Foss, CEO & Founder - Vita Bella Travel Reference (2010)
What a talent! What a great heart! I am so moved by the quality of your music and the quality of your humanity. Your efforts to engage children and young adults who have cancer and your support of their music therapy services are enormous gifts. No matter what ails us, we can thoroughly appreciate the depth of your music. Suzanne B. Hanser, EdD, Chair, Music Therapy Dept, Berklee College of Music
Chiming in with Jonathan Auerbach… It's plain and simple, Jonathan Auerbach is a rocker. Someone who likes to lay into the music he was gifted to play...Jonathan's newest release "Siren Call" has seen some worldwide radio play in Europe as well as his native New England area. It has garnered him praise not only for its musicianship, but the soul it possesses. Pat Chen, Monolog (2009)
Honest, pure & soulful! A passionate, timeless recording. On SIREN CALL,” Jonathan plays, writes and sings like his life depended on "transfixing" these songs and messages into the hearts and ears of his devoted fanbase.
Rick Morrison (former Modern Rock Promotions Director for RCA and V2 records (2007)
Honest rock with a sophisticated bent. On "SIREN CALL," the songwriting, musicianship, production, engineering and honest delivery of this album speaks for itself. Unique male vocals offer a refreshing departure from the throngs of predictable vocalists and phrasing choices out there fatiguing the ear. Map Music Productions (2007)
“Smart writing, solid production, originality on display.” Jonathan hits the mark with LAUNCH, an eleven-song set of personal reflection. His acoustic guitar playing comes through with authority and leads the way for these expertly produced tracks. The combination of smart lyric writing and honest vocal interpretation create an evocative listening experience. Tom Snow – Hit Songwriter (2004)
Carole Charlin - Vocalist & Percussion
2010 CD, titled, HEARD, 13 Tracks - stream from my website. Radio airplay: Track #5 The Soul, Track #6 Distant Drumming, Track #8 Overboard, Track #9 Man Gone Mad, Track #11 Brave Woman,Brave Man, Track #12 The Better Music
2007 CD, titled, SIREN CALL, 12 tracks - stream from my website.
Radio airplay: Track #1 Keepin'it Real, Track #4 Memory Lane, Track #8 Fall Reaching, Track #9 The Dark
2004 CD, titled, LAUNCH, 11 tracks - stream from my website.
Radio Airplay: Track #2 Trance Rhythm, Track#3 Lily of the Valium, Track #7 Distant Drumming, Track #10 24/7/365
Still Going Strong
Brave Woman, Brave Man
Keepin' It Real
Jonathan Auerbach Partners with Intrepid Fallen Heroes
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Rock musician Jonathan Auerbach of Boston, MA, proudly partners with The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund...Rock musician Jonathan Auerbach of Boston, MA, proudly partners with The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund in a shared commitment in support of the men and women of the armed services. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a not-for-profit organization and national leader in supporting the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and their families, has provided over $120 million in support for the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans. The Fund most recently opened the National Intrepid Center of Excellence to support the research, diagnosis, and treatment of military personnel and veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury. Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund Offical Website: www.fallenheroesfund.org
Jonathan’s bold new single, “Brave Woman, Brave Man” – from his new Nashville-recorded rock CD “HEARD” – is a salute to all our American men and women in uniform serving overseas at great cost and sacrifice to defend the United States and freedom at home and around the world.
The song and lyrics are available for listening and for purchase at www.jonathanauerbach.com and through Amazon, iTunes and all other major digital distributors, with 100% of the proceeds it generates going directly to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
A noted recording artist and powerhouse performer... Jonathan’s award-winning writing and all-original rock - soulful stories, gutsy guitars, and strong vocals - has garnered worldwide radio play, press praise, and a notable USA and European fan base. Taking a stand… Jonathan’s outreach through his music has boosted causes such as Habitat for Humanity and notably, "music therapy" in cancer care at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute – donating and raising money, raising awareness, public speaking and teaching master classes in music performance to kids with cancer.
“I’m honored to partner with the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, an outstanding national organization with a great cause, and I’m pleased to give my support to their leading work serving those in critical need who proudly serve our country,” said Jonathan Auerbach. “My song “Brave woman, Brave man” honors the valor of our American military personnel - fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters - who fight our country’s wars, while underscoring every soldier’s hope for an end to war and a safe return home.”
“We are extremely grateful that Jonathan Auerbach has chosen to champion our important cause and shares in our mission to support the men and women of the armed forces and their families,” said David Winters, President of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. “Jonathan, who has an incredible platform from which to speak, will help us alert countless individuals to our critically important work for the military and veteran communities.”
It's a Hit, Man!
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IT'S A HIT, MAN! Have you Heard Jonathan? For me it was on the stern of a 38' sloop in Cane Garde...IT'S A HIT, MAN!
Have you Heard Jonathan? For me it was on the stern of a 38' sloop in Cane Garden Bay beneath a Caribbean canopy an age ago. Jonathan let loose a musical soul, entertaining the swashbucklers. A time later I heard Jonathan had gone professional with the music. Curious, I searched him out, found him playing a gig in a coffee shop in a one street town upstate New Hampshire. Five people when I walked in and I made six. Jonathan played to us like we were 600 – full out rock and roll with humor in between. Impressive…
I grabbed his first release Launch. That cd played me across miles of Americana on a 2003 cross-country camping trip. Since then Jonathan has toured in the States and in Europe, and more importantly continued to be prolific. Jonathan's 2007 release Siren Call blew me away. Every time I sit in for a rock and roll themed show on WOMR, Jonathan Auerbach is on my play list. For many months, two Siren Call beauties Keepin' It Real and The Dark opened and closed Funny Thing on WOMR.
Range, depth, beats, twists, and licks… On Heard, Jonathan Auerbach deftly mixes a voice of piercing lyrics with soaring music. The guitars of Jonathan, Tim Galloway, and the bass of George Hawkins Jr. put fingers in motion on your air-guitar as your feet slide on the floor. Angelo Collura's earthy drums give the hips the bounce they need to be free…
Heard opens with Good Now, a range-showcasing tune. Jonathan then sets the show a'going with Etiquette, “I'll be a man about it and make you forget your etiquette.” Still Going Strong smacks at cop-outs and what happens when you don't. The bridge to the build is the Jamaican -tinted The Soul: we're not alone, baby. Now buckle your seat belts, ahh forget that, you'll just bust them out! Distant Drumming awakens another level! Animal Attraction soars to the heart of the matter. With “It's not who takes that ride, but who returns,” Overboard is a Nantucket sleighride. Man Gone Mad, one of my very favorites, 'cause it could be me! Plus we get these mesmerizing background vocals from Carole Charlin. In Maris, Me And The Sea, Jonathan sets his spyglass on what's happening now. Rock and Roll and the troops - Brave Woman, Brave Man pays homage to once girls and boys now caught in the nightmare. Man, how does he top this? And then I Heard A Better Music, a celebratory swing of hidden sorrow -- it's a hit, man. The whole shebang from beginning to end, oh yeah, the end, with Thin Ice, Jonathan is acoustically back in that Tortola harbor singing to the pirate in all of us. Beautiful…
Tom Brogan, Host of the Funny Thing
WOMR, Provincetown, MA
What a talent! What a great heart!
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What a talent! What a great heart! I am so moved by the quality of your music and the quality of...
What a talent! What a great heart! I am so moved by the quality of your music and the quality of your humanity. Your efforts to engage children and young adults who have cancer and your support of their music therapy services are enormous gifts. No matter what ails us, we can thoroughly appreciate the depth of your music.
January 16, 2009
Walkin' The Rock Talk
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When Jonathan Auerbach takes the stage, no one doubts that he will put on a good show. The audience...When Jonathan Auerbach takes the stage, no one doubts that he will put on a good show. The audience senses it before he utters word, before he strums a chord.
Auerbach had just returned from a five-week tour in Portugal where audiences would not let him off the stage. Averaging several encores a night at top venues and clubs, he was on a performance high. Shortly after, on a drizzly, lilting Saturday afternoon in Cambridge, Mass., he premiered songs from his upcoming album for a smaller, less rowdy audience, at a benefit concert for the music therapy program at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Playing solo on his acoustic, he delivered the same level of explosive energy that left them in Portugal raving for more.
It is enlivening to see an artist with the type of fervor that Auerbach puts into every pulse of every song. Imbuing his entire physicality and being into his music, he gives you nothing less than old fashioned, timeless rock n’ roll…
“We’re going to Nashville!”
It was October of 2002, in the living room of Jonathan Auerbach’s chalet/sanctuary nestled in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, a sort of antithesis to the hectic life of a touring singer-songwriter. He had just finished performing his song “Bard Among the Bums” for a one-man audience, the catalyst that would trigger a change in the course of his life and career. That man was Shawn Jones, a friend and fellow guitar slinger. Auerbach had approached Jones, asking his friend to give him his honest, uncensored opinion as to whether he had a chance in the music business. Jones’ response: a whole-hearted, unabashed “YES!”
Three days later, they were in Nashville…
Like it or not, in business, and especially in the music world, looks and initial impressions count. For starters, if it always comes back to the wardrobe, then Auerbach knows how to dress. The first thing a reporter noticed when meeting him was he wore a very cool shirt (the sort of shirt that says, ‘It may be a weekday morning, but I am still a rock star’). Once, when he entered a restaurant in New Orleans sporting his summer attire (a pair of beige cotton slacks, his shoes a stone colored, hipped up version of white bucks), the maitre’d could not help but exclaim, “Ankle décolletage!”
In fashion, you must know the rules of the game in order to take risks. In rock and roll, you must understand the laws of music in order to break the rules. And as a man who has soloed through life, Auerbach knows how to strategically break the rules. He is a “self-made man.” While he exudes the sort of charisma that commands attention, it’s not just charisma that got Auerbach where he is today, a musician and performer who is respected internationally in the music business. “It came hard earned,” he says, quoting a lyric from of one of his original songs, “Fall Reaching.”
At the height of a lengthy career as a sought-after award-winning travel writer, editor and publisher, Auerbach made the decision to dive head first into a music career. During the final years of his writing career, he felt the restlessness that often preludes an epiphany. He had always played music, and he knew he was good. When he began writing his own original material, he knew it could be really good. So when he finally “auditioned” his material that fateful day in New Hampshire, he was just waiting for the green light.
Yet the gravity of this choice was monumental. To walk away from the stability of a successful career, to face the economic consequences of such a huge life change was daunting, even for a chronic risk-taker. Auerbach did it; and he did it professionally, without burning any bridges. “The (career) transition and the winding-down was both ethical and methodical,” he says. “I always delivered when I made a commitment and always took seriously being a consummate professional on all levels.” Auerbach the journalist eventually became “Mr. No,” refusing to accept a constant flow of projects and assignments. His theory is, say no to a million things, but when you say yes, you had better deliver with a nuclear explosion.
Auerbach’s decision to enter the music business triggered protests, some well meant, from many in his close network of friends and professionals. “When I decided to chuck it for Rock & Roll, I was prepared for the Huns to invade,” he laughs. Yet he converted former doubters into ardent fans, among them seasoned music professionals such as Rick Morrison, the former National Modern Rock Director and Vice President of Promotion V2 Records. Upon hearing Auerbach’s first album, he commented, “Jonathan’s ‘Launch’ takes me to a place far, far away. Jonathan’s music is nothing short of entrancing. One can’t help but lose themselves in his prolific world.”
Joseph Rosendo, the producer and publisher of Travelscope Radio and Publication, said the album was the freshest marriage of music and lyrics that he had heard in years: “In an era of repetitive, thoughtless ramblings, his words tell a story and (dare I mention it) offer up something of value to ponder and relish.”
There is no doubt that Auerbach’s history as a writer with an intense case of wanderlust influences the nuances and rhythms of his music. Oedipus, the former program director for the legendary, groundbreaking FM station WBCN Boston, called him a “true American iconoclast,” who “evokes the sound of a wandering troubadour singing his way across the country.”
“I write what I want. I like what I like,” Auerbach says. If he doesn’t like it, he won’t play it, and he has canned a lot of material. As Faulkner said, you have to be willing to kill off your darlings. “I believe in strong narrative, and like an old-fashioned story-teller, I hope to be read (or heard). My music is old-fashioned scary rock of the best kind, where playing and writing and musicianship and emotionality really meant something.” His second 2007 Nashville-recorded album, Siren Call, is testament to that, further garnering worldwide radio play and press acclaim, and catapulting him into successful tours and major league sponsorships and artist rosters like Larrivée Guitars.
In a business that is often in seismic flux, where music is too often computerized and homogenous, where Scarlett Johansson gets played in Starbucks, where the line between reality television and music is uncomfortably blurred, where supposed live performances are often fraught with lip syncing and auto-tuning, Auerbach’s sound is one hundred percent his own, and cannot be mistaken for anyone else’s. His voice is deep and raspy, yet surprisingly fresh. His music is a return to timeless rock, without any of the synthesized and fabricated sounds you often hear on records and during live performances today.
Often a record sounds great, but the performance is dead upon arrival. Not so with Auerbach. He is determined that each and every song he writes will sound as forceful and true during a performance – with or without his band -- as it sounds on the record. Auerbach’s onstage persona and attitude is far from that of the put-on prima donna performer. He simply goes for the jugular, aiming to electrify. When he says he is going to do something, he does it. “I will not be eclipsed,” he says. “I believe I can hold the room, whether it is ten people or ten thousand.”
In November of 2004, just as Auerbach’s rock career was in full stride, a very close loved one was diagnosed with cancer. For the next year, he stopped his music career and became a full-time caregiver. “I stopped everything,” he said. “It was not the most important thing. It was the only important thing.” It was at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute that his loved one was treated successfully. He knew he wanted to give back, and that he wanted to merge his music with helping cancer patients. “It was a gift,” he says of this experience. “It made me a better man.”
That summer, Auerbach sat down with trustees and executives at Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund (which support cancer research and care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute), and joined the Leadership Counsel. In June, he played his first benefit concert for music therapy, and because the next two concerts over that year were blockbusters, Dana-Farber made Auerbach’s subsequent benefit concerts officially sponsored DFCI events. Over the past five years, he has raised close to $70,000 through public speaking, house concerts and annual benefit concerts. In addition, a percentage of all of his music revenues (from CD sales, performance fees, and online sales) has gone to Music therapy services at the Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies at Dana-Farber, where cancer experts take novel approaches to cancer treatment. These strategies include massage therapy, acupuncture, music therapy, and nutritional guidance.
In 2008, Auerbach created and taught a series of master class workshops for patients at the Jimmy Fund Clinic called “Rock in Time- Rock Music Performance Jams.” These classes, assisted by Brian Jantz (the board certified music therapist at the Zakim Center), focus on performance. He says, “For these young people it is a chance to explore their inner rock star and to have fun, leaving behind the world of cancer, if only for a short time.” He was especially inspired by a young man named Paul Coskie, whose teenage years were taken from him after a traumatic brain injury from a car accident followed by a leukemia diagnosis four years later. Auerbach refers to him as a “lion of a young man with tremendous courage and optimism,” who fought his way back to life to the astonishment of the doctors.
When he first started the music master classes workshops, Paul’s ability to play music was complicated by cerebellar ataxia, (a condition where nerve cells in the cerebellum are lost or damaged, resulting in the patient having less control of certain muscles). For Paul, this loss of control affected his left hand, so Auerbach taught a technique where Paul’s left hand, which experiences tremors, anchors to the guitar and acts as a sort of stabilizer and percussive instrument, thereby turning it into an effective playing hand. Auerbach reminded Paul that Jerry Garcia from the Grateful Dead was missing a finger, encouraging him to turn his obstacle into an asset. This skill was a remarkable breakthrough for Paul, who says that the classes relax him, help him to feel normal and build his confidence as a musician and performer: a testament to music’s ability to heal.
Despite the enthusiasm of many for the music therapy program, it was under funded last March due to the reality of the global economic crisis. Funds raised since have reignited the program, and Auerbach resumed directing his master workshops on the 23rd of October. The next day, he was the noted guest at a benefit concert titled “Music Moves, Music Frees, Music Heals”, which raised $1,925 for the music therapy program at Dana-Farber. “The power of music to heal and transform lives is the oldest of truths and the original universal health plan,” Auerbach addressed his audience. “Powerful medicine, though much like love, is always part mystery. And there you have it. Who would disagree that perhaps the only thing more terrible than a world without music would be one without love?” And he grinned; “Unless of course you’re a music hater, like Sigmund Freud was. Maybe Freud wouldn’t have succumbed to Beatle Mania. But I cling to the belief he would have downloaded my music from iTunes.”
Inasmuch as Auerbach is a powerhouse onstage, he is a force to be reckoned with in real life. He is an ain’t-taking-shit-from-no-one kind of person, to the extreme. “I don’t require that you like me, but I require that you respect me,” he says. “I believe the world is an often predatory place, that many people are bullies by nature.” If anything confirmed this belief, it was the music industry, a cutthroat business fraught with pettiness, jealousy and narcissism. He had to get past a lot of backstabbing and gossip mongering, especially in the beginning. “Don’t expect anything from anyone. Don’t expect favors,” says Auerbach, who was determined to earn his credibility in the rock business before others came on board.
Nothing captures this spirit of self-reliance better than his lyrics on Fall Reaching from Siren Call: “Never played it safe in a tight pinch; chased my fate, made my plan; took some hits never pays to flinch; Followed my lead being my own man; Lessons are learned, no point in preaching; Bridges get burned; if you fall, fall reaching.”
And as a man who lives his lyrics, Auerbach’s results speak for themselves. He has a growing fan base in the United States and in Europe. He has had two successful tours in Spain, Italy, Austria and most recently, Portugal. He is a Do It Yourself Artist who owns his own publishing company, administered by ASCAP, the music performing rights organization. Many of his songs, including Distant Drumming, Lily of the Valium, Fall Reaching, Memory Lane and Keepin’ It Real, continue to be played on FM and internet, college, commercial, and non-comm FM and internet radio in New England, nationally, and worldwide.
We live in the culture of the amateur, the pseudo-professional” Auerbach says. “As an artist, you have to be your own filter and dramatically differentiate yourself in order to be heard.” HEARD, that is, and ready to hear – it’s the title of Auerbach’s record #3, which, naturally, he nailed in Nashville, release date mid-March 2010.
SIREN CALL Press Highlights
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"SIREN CALL" REVIEWS: BEST NEW MUSIC I'VE HEARD IN YEARS... I got Jonathan Auerbach's new CD, ..."SIREN CALL" REVIEWS:
BEST NEW MUSIC I'VE HEARD IN YEARS...
I got Jonathan Auerbach's new CD, Siren Call, back in July. Best new music I've heard in years. It's a dancing ride, man. "Keepin' It Real" opens my radio show and "The Dark" closes it. Come alive...
- Tom Brogan, producer/host of the "Funny Thing" Radio Show, WOMR (Mar 9, 2008)
HONEST, PURE & SOULFUL!
A PASSIONATE, TIMELESS RECORDING.
Having worked as a record label exec for 15 years, I've seen a lot of artists set back their careers with the release of their 2nd record, often referred to as the "Sophmore Slump". I believe this happens when many artists "overthink" the entire process when making the record. On Siren Call, Jonathan Auerbach's 2nd release, he "underthought" it in a way that proves just how prolific and honest an artist he truly is. Instead of overplaying/overproduction on Siren Call, (JA) plays, writes and sings like his life depended on "transfixing" these songs and messages into the hearts and ears of his devoted fanbase. For those who have already set sail with JA, you know where I'm coming from. For those about to come on board for the first time, climb on deck and get ready to embark on an invigorating journey about experiences in which we can all relate. High praise to the rippin' band that backs JA on Siren Call, and to the infinitely soulful Pam McCann whose ethereal & angelic voice will haunt you long after you've come ashore.
Rick Morrison (ex Modern Rock Promotions Director for RCA and V2 records (May 4, 2007)
HONEST ROCK WITH WITH A SOPHISTICATED BENT
On "Siren Call," the songwriting, musicianship, production, engineering and honest delivery of this album speaks for itself. Unique male vocals offer a refreshing departure from the throngs of predictable vocalists and phrasing choices out there fatiguing the ear. The songs flow into each other smoothly while maintaining a sense of adventure. The aptly entitled Siren Call definitely lures the listener to some uncharted deep waters and exotic ports. Suggested Listening volume: crashing waves!
Map Music Productions (Apr 18, 2007)
SINGER/SONGWRITER JONATHAN AUERBACH COMING TO A RESTAURANT NEAR YOU
Jonathan Auerbach, rock guitarist, singer and songwriter, celebrates the completion of his second CD on Saturday, April 28 at the Common Man in Ashland…The CD, “Siren Call,” features Auerbach and a backup band, which consists of electric guitarist Bob Britt, drummer and percussionist Angelo Collura, electric bassist David Santos and vocalist Pam McCann – players who have recorded with musicians such as Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Billy Joel, and John Fogerty…“Siren Call” features all-original music, and was recorded at The Grotto Studio in Nashville, TN. Auerbach has a full tour scheduled for 2007 to 2008. “I am very proud of this record,” Auerbach said…Auerbach is not only focused on his music. He is a member of the Leadership Council at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and projects to raise and to donate a total of $19,000 by July 2007 for this Institute and its Jimmy Fund. A portion of all the money Auerbach generates through his music is donated to these causes.
Erin Brearley, A&E Editor - THE CLOCK (Apr 20, 2007)
LAUNCH Press Highlights
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"LAUNCH" REVIEWS: “A TRUE AMERICAN ICONOCLAST” Reviewer: Oedipus, Program Director, WBCN Boston ..."LAUNCH" REVIEWS:
“A TRUE AMERICAN ICONOCLAST”
Reviewer: Oedipus, Program Director, WBCN Boston
An auteur, a true American iconoclast, Jonathan evokes the sound of a wandering troubadour singing his way across the country. Check "Trance Rhythm" and "Lily of the Valium" for a taste...
“JA'S "LAUNCH" TAKES ME TO A PLACE FAR, FAR AWAY.”
Reviewer: Rick Morrison (VP of Promotion V2 Records)
Jonathan's music is nothing short of entrancing. One can't help but lose themselves in his prolific world. If you want a taste of his record listen to the track "Distant Drumming" to see what 'all the buzz' on Jonathan Auerbach is about. Rick Morrison
“SMART WRITING, SOLID PRODUCTION, ORIGINALITY ON DISPLAY! TERRIFIC!”
Reviewer: Tom Snow – Hit Songwriter
Jonathan hits the mark with this eleven song set of personal reflection. His acoustic guitar playing comes through with authority and leads the way for these expertly produced tracks. The combination of smart lyric writing and honest vocal interpretation create an evocative listening experience. Good stuff!!
MEETS ALL ROOTS ROCK CRITERIA
Jam Magazine, October 2004
Roots rock music needs several things to make it work. It starts with strong rock rhythms presented in their raw state - unadulterated by too much electronic gimmickry. Like any good rock music, it needs musical and vocal hooks that catch the ear and the mind. Finally, the lyrics have to, at least, give the impression that you should think about them - either because they are telling a story or because they have something semi-profound to say. Jonathan Auerbach's new album, Launch, meets all of the criteria. This is one of those albums that grows on you little by little. Some songs are headed in the direction of classic roots rockers like John Hiatt. One of my favorites is "Distant Drumming." It's got all the pieces here. It starts with a strong beat that makes me tap my feet. The repeated musical and vocal hook line is very catchy. And the best is that the lyrics are just a bit mysterious and interesting. I'm also partial to "The Heart is Long." This is one of several songs that Auerbach uses to examine the ups and downs of relationships. Along with "Lucky Stars" and "The Circle," it creates images of relationships that are easy to relate to. Production-wise this is a well done album with a crew of Nashville and L.A. session players who add some nice color to the sound. If you are a roots rock fan this is well worth checking out.
“GREAT WRITING... STRONG LYRICS. MUSICALLY VERY TIGHT. UNIQUE VOCAL STYLE.”
Reviewer: Jay Sterin, President Media Maven, Inc.
With everything coming out sounding alike it is great to hear something like this. The CD means a lot to him and you can feel it coming through. Great writing...lyrics are really strong. Musically very tight and professional. Unique vocal style.
“YOU NEVER KNOW WHERE YOU WILL BE IN THE NEXT MOMENT. TO ME, THAT ALWAYS FEELS GREAT.”
Reviewer: Rick Haas, Aces and Eights
Jonathan Auerbach has the prized ability to combine sincere feelings with genuine wit... Swirling emotions set loose in his inaugural release LAUNCH... You never know where you will be in the next moment. To me, that always feels great.
THE FRESHEST MARRIAGE OF MUSIC AND LYRICS THAT I'VE HEARD IN MANY YEARS!
Joseph Rosendo - Producer/publisher, Travelscope Radio & Publication
Mr. Auerbach offers the freshest marriage of music and lyrics that I've heard in many years. As with one of my favorite tracks, “Distant Drumming,” the music lures, but he captures heart and mind with his lyrics -- deliciously surprising at times and always crafted to complement the mood he creates with his melodies. In an era of repetitive, thoughtless ramblings, his words tell a story and (dare I mention it) offer up something of value to ponder and relish.
PERFECT BLEND OF WORDS AND MUSIC -- OUTSTANDING SONGWRITING
John Rhonert, producer, Village Producers -- LA
Mix great musical compositions topped with great powerful lyrics, and you have the music of Jonathan Auerbach on his debut CD, LAUNCH. My personal favorite track, Distant Drumming, is a perfect blend of words and music --outstanding songwriting.
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All original songs (no covers), shows run three one-hour sets or longer.
From HEARD CD
Mirror Don't Lie
Still Going Strong
Man Gone Mad
Maris, Me and the Sea
Brave Woman, Brave Man
The Better Music
From "SIREN CALL" CD
Keepin' it Real
Love or War
All Prayed Out
Envy Me You
Taken by Storm
From "LAUNCH" CD
Lily of the Valium
One More Day
Bard Among the Bums
The Heart is Long
Plus unreleased all-original songs
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