Jon Black

Jon Black

 Birmingham, Alabama, USA
BandAmericanaFolk

A twangy Folk Rock explosion.

Biography

Jon Black is easily one of the south's best kept secrets... until now. Over the past two years he has shared the stage with Alejandro Escovedo, Ani DiFranco, Mark Kozolek, and many more; won a songwriting award for My Days Are Numbered and travelled by plane, train, and automobile to share his music with anyone willing to listen and engage.

Goodbye Golden Age, releasing on Rebuilt Records, is the much-anticipated follow-up to his 2006 release, The October Sky. Recorded over the span of a year in Oxford, Mississippi at Tweed Recordings with Andrew Ratcliffe (Will Hoge, Blue Mountain, The Damnwells) and DOMUS Studios in Cumming, Georgia with Paul Reeves, the arsenal of players on the record is stunning. Mixed by Andy Hunt (Glen Philips, Derek Webb) and Mastered by Matt Odmark from Jars of Clay, Goodbye Golden Age shows that Jon is growing in his artistry and that his comparisons to Jackson Browne, Ryan Adams, and Jay Farrarr are not in vain.

With the sonic backdrop of Americana music, Black's latest album dives deep into capturing the loneliness of the road, the hope of things to come, and the inspiration found at the end of your rope. Goodbye Golden Age is both an album of searching and finding, an honest display of fears in an uncertain world and a joyful reaction to following dreams, a friendly greeting and a quick punch to the gut. He says, "There's music you listen to at the moment and there's music you listen to forever. I really wanted to dig deep and give people something they could listen to when they need a reminder that most doubts, fears, joys, and triumphs are shared between all humans. Existence is hard but I've made it through with the help from some great artists. Hopefully this will inspire others to keep going."

If you want to know what a growing artist looks like and what happens when an artist is honest then look no further. This artist in Birmingham, Alabama is truly on the verge of becoming an important songwriter in the south and in modern Americana music.

"Jon is an amazing story teller. His words paint a picture as his melodies give pure heartfelt emotion. Each song took me to a new place and I loved every minute of it." - Andy Hunt

"...Black elevates his music to another level." - Mike Trobiano from The University of Tampa Minaret

"The eclectic nature of this collection, as well as the solid songwriting and Black’s clear, strong singing voice, is reminiscent of Lyle Lovett’s style…not a small feat. And, boy can Black hold a note - check out ‘Mouth Of The Moon’ as evidence. Don’t let this guy pass you by." - WayCoolMusic.net

"Black is a skilled songwriter and performer and here he shows off his talent across a range of styles." - Americana UK

Lyrics

Drove to Knoxville

Written By: Jon Black

Drove to Knoxville, Tennessee
Heading east bound on 140
I hit the end of the road
turned right on some streed I don't know
I'm lost again
I'm lost again
Thinking fo you

Found the smokies at seventy
but missed the yellow autumn leaves
I don't really know my way
through the appalachain chain
I'm lost again
I'm lost again
thinking of you

sometimes I am a million different parts
looking for one beating heart

can you find me?
can you find me?
can you find me?

Drove to Knoxville, Tennessee

Broken Places

Written By: Jon Black

Lately I feel a lot like giving up
This road that I'm on is filled with twists and bumps
questions and some coffee
tears on a midnight drive
it's hard to have hope
when you don't feel alive
it's hard to have hope
when you don't feel alive

All these broken places
where you find me
on my knees begging for your mercy
I'm an orphan
On God's highway
Gillian, sing me a song
Yeah Gillian, Sing me a song

My hands are on the wheel
my mind it wanders free
to a time where the world
was not too big to see
traffic signs and truck stops
a wonderer's paradise
I guess we all have
something to find
Yeah I guess we all have
something to find

All these broken places
where you find me
on my knees begging for your mercy
I'm an orphan
On God's highway
Gillian, sing me a song
Yeah Gillian, Sing me a song

All these broken places
where you find me
on my knees begging for your mercy
I'm an orphan
On God's highway
Gillian, sing me a song
Yeah Gillian, Sing me a song

Discography

Goodbye Golden Age (2008)
The October Sky (2006)
The Rhythm of the Rising Sun (2004)
Dry Ground (2001)

Set List

Set list varies on length given.