Jonathan Reuel and the Brilliant
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Jonathan Reuel and the Brilliant

Millersburg, Ohio, United States | SELF

Millersburg, Ohio, United States | SELF
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JRL Now. 12 new songs recorded in the studio with just Jonathan and his guitar and harmonica. Stron lyrics, live feel, studio quality. Many people think this is Reuel's best work so far. Includes I Don't Mind Waiting, Someone Elses' Dream, and 10 others.

JRL: Seconds To Sunrise. Nearly 5 years in the making, this recording features great songs, unique arrangements, and layered vocals and guitars. The result of many long solo nights of recording in the Virginia mountains, this cd captures that just before dawn feeling. Produced by Jonathan Reuel. Mixed by Nate Butler. Guest musicians include Nate & Amber Butler, Chuck Neufeld and others. Songs include Better Days, Sunfire Faces, Just to Be Loved.

JRL: Caught In the Paydirt. The fruit of a year of hard work, live shows, struggle and studio collaboration as a band, this CD picks up where Seconds to Sunrise left off. Paydirt features Nate Butler's creative, rock solid groove drumming, Kimberly Glick's oboe stylings and vocals, and Amber Butler's bass licks and vocal jabs as well as Reuels vocals, guitars, and harmonica lines. Produced by Nate Butler & JRL. Songs include Second Floor, Like You Do, Red Letter, Anywhere My Love.

JRL10: I sat down with a guitar, harmonica and a mic and recorded this project. The recording is simple, acoustic and raw. The songs explore love, struggle and hope. Fans of lyric-driven music and early Dylan will like recording.

The Watershed Project. After a two year hiatus from recording or touring, Jonathan returned to the studio with producer Grant Beachy, plugged in a Gibson SG and started making noise. Joined by longtime collaborator Nate Butler on drums, veteran newcomer Toby Hazlett on bass and guitar guru Chris Freeman, Reuel and Beachy pulled together the most cohesive, unexpected and impacting record of Reuel's career to date. Musically stripped to the bare bones (very few acoustic guitars and no characteristic vocal harmonies here), Reuel and band approach spiritual themes with controlled chaos in a way that is strangely compelling and memorable.



Jonathan Reuel and the Brilliant

Jonathan Reuel wrestles moments, images, ideas and emotions into words and melodies that stick in your head and invite you deeper. Jonathan released his first recording about the time Bob Dylan got his Lifetime Achievement award, and has been writing and touring ever since solo and with bands, exploring the space between garage rock and new folk.

After a two year hiatus from music making, veteran songwriter Jonathan found a great producer, crafted his best record so far, found some musicians who could play circles around him and and formed the Brilliant. Reuel and band are now touring in support of "the Watershed Project," which includes the new recording, a massive art installation piece by visual artist Christa Reuel and two books that explore the project's dual themes of transition and rest.

Reuel has toured widely in the US and Canada, opening for quality acts including Over the Rhine, the Psalters and Trent Wagler and the Steel Wheels. Several of Reuel's songs have been recorded by other artists, including "Water Fall on Me" which has become a grassroots success, being sung in universities and churches around the country without label support or national distribution. A short list of the Brilliant's collective experience includes numerous festivals national tours and stints in regionally successful and nationally known acts such as GS Megaphone, JRL, Honeytown, Lo-Watt Radio, Frequency Theater, Poor Man's Riches, Sonchild and Wolf Queen.