John Vester
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John Vester

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On John Vester’s 4th solo release on Venetian Records (2008): ALL THE WAY OUT WEST this artist fully comes into his own. This collection continues John’s trademark, poetic picture painting style of songwriting, based in Folk Americana, accentuating the wester side of country & western, with a colorful mix of ethnic influences, while moving into new territory lyrically & reaching new heights of musical self-realization.

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio John started writing songs & playing in bands there in his teens. Then he moved to California in his early 20s & attended the Grove School Of Music in LA, while playing in bands & developing his craft as a songwriter...until he was ready to start recording...

His first album, MY HEART IS IN YOUR HANDS was released in 1998. His 2nd HALF A WORLD AWAY in 2002 & his 3rd THINGS I WISH I WOULD HAVE SAID in 2004. Like the previous 2 solo JV releases ALL THE WAY OUT WEST was co-produced with Michael Lennon of the band Venice, with excellent vocal support from other Venice members Mark, Kipp & Pat Lennon & vocalist extraordinaire Kate Markowitz.

Also featuring the top-notch musicianship of Greg Leisz on pedal steel guitar & dobro, Sid Page on violin &Scott Crago on drums to mention a few...

John says: “I think of many of my songs as cowboy songs, but mainly I thin of them as love songs, story songs, uplifting, sad or funny songs....or some combination of all the above.”

He is also an illustrator & the ALL THE WAY OUT WEST cd package features his singular style of hand printed lyrics & original illustrations making this a truly unique offering of this artist’s words, music & art.

John’s songs give us ways to look at ourselves both playfully & seriously, with a maturing attention to artistic detail & form that promises ALL THE WAY OUT WEST is his best work to date.

John Vester lives all the way out west in Venice, California USA.