Downtown Records is set to release Jonathan Wilson’s Fanfare on October 15. In anticipation of the release, Paste is premiering the album track “Love to Love” at http://bit.ly/1dqkF6Z. Fanfare features vocal and instrumental contributions from Graham Nash, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Josh Tillman (aka Father John Misty), Wilco’s Patrick Sansone, and Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith, as well as Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. Fanfare follows the success of Jonathan Wilson’s critically acclaimed 2011 debut Gentle Spirit, which was hailed by SPIN as “intricately produced and gently epic” and praised by Rolling Stone for its “gorgeously detailed folk-rock ambles.”
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L.A. RECORD album review (February 2013): “…like the Cramps, these guys have taken all their favorite sounds and combined them into something new and balls-out trippy…as if someone had kidnapped a chanteuse from Pentangle…and propped her up in front and then had them tour the Congo.”
"Gentle Spirit" is not simply the name of the debut solo album by songwriter/musician/producer, Jonathan Wilson, it represents the ethos of the artist himself. Warm, supple melodies etched in layers of stringed instruments and willowy organ motifs accompany his earnest, North Carolinian drawl as he tells tales of humane values lost and found.
Wilson’s music is steeped equally in the woodsy contours of his Blue Ridge experiences and the atmospheric guitar reveries of Neil Young and Quicksilver Messenger Service. In fact, "Gentle Spirit," an expansive double vinyl set, is remarkably evocative of that golden late ’60s, early ’70s period when rural and urban sensibilities colluded in producing some of rock’s most imperishable recordings.
Wilson, a native of Forest City, North Carolina, has been quietly earning a reputation as a musical jack-of-all-trades. He is adept behind the recording console, possesses a luthier’s knowledge of all things strummed, and maintains the innate ability to conceptualize an instrument essential to providing the right color to a track in need of a defining detail. Whether working with promising new recording artists like the band Dawes, contemporary artists, such as Erykah Badu and Elvis Costello, or Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Jackson Browne, and Robbie Robertson, Wilson, a tall, slim, long-haired presence, provides direction and support as tasty and soulful as anyone in the business today.
It should then come as no surprise that Wilson, so resolutely committed to "old school" musical values, began recording "Gentle Spirit" in Los Angeles’s fabled Laurel Canyon. As a longtime student of "Canyon culture," his ideas echo many of an earlier generation as the album embraces a unique blend of folk, country, rock and roll and pop elements, which enduringly create a sense of time and place.