Jonathan Wilson releases El Camino Real EP

Jonathan Wilson has announced the release of Dixie Blur: Digital Deluxe Edition on October 30th featuring B-Sides & Acoustic versions of songs from the critically acclaimed album. Today, Jonathan Wilson has also shared El Camino Real EP, which is available on all streaming platforms.

“Wilson’s return to his southern roots drips with feel and flavour…His most potent release to date.” ★★★★– MOJO

Nashville, TN – Acclaimed artist, multi-instrumentalist and producer Jonathan Wilson has announced the October 30th release of Dixie Blur: Digital Deluxe Edition. The deluxe version of Wilson’s critically praised album will be released digitally and features three sides of music, including the full Dixie Blur album, unreleased B-sides and acoustic renditions of some of the album tracks. See track listing below.

Dixie Blur was recorded in Nashville and released on March 6 2020 via BMG/Bella Union, just when the initial impact of the pandemic fully hit and tours were halted.

The album is Wilson’s most fully realized work to date, and the press agreed with features and coverage running in Rolling Stone Country, Variety, Relix, Associated Press, Billboard, Paste, American Songwriter, No Depression and much more.

The multi-talented artist went to Nashville to record live in the studio with Wilco’s Pat Sansone as co-producer and some of Music City’s finest players. The most compelling behind the scenes story is how Wilson convinced the legendary Mark O’Connor, who many consider the greatest living fiddle player, to play on the album. The multi-Grammy, multi-CMA Musician Of The Year has not played on a session since 1990 but chose to take part as long as the sessions were recorded live. The compelling story of the unlikely collaboration is told by Wilson and O’Connor in this short clip that includes in-studio footage and portions of an interview with World Café’s Raina Douris.

While awaiting the arrival of Dixie Blur: Deluxe Edition, fans can enjoy the El Camino Real EP, released digitally today. The EP is comprised of six tracks,  three of which feature Mark O’Connor. The El Camino Real EP is now available at all DSPs.

Father John Misty + Jonathan Wilson release fundraising albums

Both Father John Misty and Jonathan Wilson have announced news of fundraising covers EPs, available tomorrow 3rd July through Bandcamp’s “No Revenue Share Day”.

Father John Misty’s Anthem +3 is a digital EP featuring covers of Leonard Cohen, Yusuf/Cat Stevens, and Link Wray, that will be available tomorrow, July 3rd through Bandcamp’s “No Revenue Share Day.” Anthem +3 will then see a wider release through all other DSPs July 14th via Bella Union for the UK/Europe and Sub Pop for the rest of the world.
 
Anthem was recorded a few weeks ago with long-time collaborator and producer Jonathan Wilson at Wilson’s Fivestar Studios in Topanga, California. The additional three covers were recorded over the past few years by Wilson (“One of Us Cannot Be Wrong,” “Trouble”), and Haxan Cloak (“Fallin’ Rain”) and have all been previously released.

Proceeds from Anthem +3 will benefit both CARE Action and Ground Game LA.

CARE is a leading international humanitarian organization fighting global poverty that places special focus on working alongside poor women who, equipped with the proper resources, can assist whole families and entire communities escape poverty through improved basic education, prevention of the spread of HIV, increased access to clean water and sanitation, expanded economic opportunities and the protection of natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters and helps people rebuild their lives.
 
Ground Game LA is a community-driven organization dedicated to building power for the residents of LA. Since 2017 Ground Game LA has been connecting with Angelenos about housing, immigration, civic participation, homelessness, criminal justice reform, militarization, and more. Whether through coalition building, issue campaign organizing or knocking on doors, Ground Game LA empowers residents to actively shape the Los Angeles they want to see.
 
Father John Misty released the live album Off-Key in Hamburg in March on Bandcamp to benefit the MusiCares Covid-19 Fund which has generated over $80,000 in support. Off-Key in Hamburg is now available on all DSP platforms.

Jonathan Wilson’s covers EP is titled The Way I Feel & More. Of the EP Wilson says: “So I’ve put together an EP… It’s a collection of covers I love: Bill Fay, Gordon Lightfoot, Moby Grape, and The Four Tops. I’m so happy to share it with y’all. It’s available exclusively on Bandcamp to benefit MusiCares Covid-19 Fund. MusiCares is an organization that my fellow musicians lean on and need now more than ever. When it comes to raising awareness and money for MusiCares I always think of my friend and someone I love recording with – the great Gerald Johnson, the bass master from CSNY and the Steve Miller Band.  When he had issues with his health as a lifetime session musician, MusiCares was there and made it possible for my friend to get the proper treatment he deserves. Long live MusiCares, and each download of my EP will help their noble cause in our musical community.” 

Father John Misty’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s “One of us Cannot Be Wrong” and Wilson’s Gordon Lightfoot cover of “The Way I Feel” were both produced by Wilson and recorded live to tape with a band of over 15 musicians including drummer James Gadson. The session took place nearly ten years ago in LA. This is the first time Wilson’s recording has been heard. Misty’s “One of us Cannot Be Wrong” was recorded for a MOJO covermount CD.

Happy Release Day Jonathan Wilson

Today, Jonathan Wilson releases his new album Dixie Blur via Bella Union. The critically-acclaimed artist, multi-instrumentalist and producer (Father John Misty, Laura Marling, Dawes) spent most of 2017-18 on Roger Waters’ epic US+THEM tour as musical director, guitarist and vocalist, singing the David Gilmour leads. Following the tour, Wilson chose to temporarily leave his Los Angeles-based home and studio and head to Nashville to work with a revered group of musicians and co-producer Pat Sansone of Wilco, to create Dixie Blur, his most personal, accessible and fully-realised work to date.

Listen to the tracks “So Alive” and “Korean Tea” to appreciate Wilson’s sonic vision for Dixie Blur. The video for the recently released “69 Corvette” features in-studio footage of the recording, but more importantly includes personal home movies from his upbringing that help illustrate the narrative of Dixie Blur.  The North Carolina native moved to LA 15 years ago where he became an integral part of the music community as a respected artist and producer. It was there he recorded and played most of the instruments on his celebrated albums Gentle Spirit (2011), Fanfare (2013) and Rare Birds (2018), building each project over time, piece by piece.

Wilson chose a completely different path for Dixie Blur in both writing and recording. The songs hark back to his Southern roots, both musically and personally. The multi-talented artist went to Nashville to record at Cowboy Jack Clement’s legendary Sound Emporium Studio and worked with a core group of exceptional players that included Mark O’Connor (fiddle), Kenny Vaughan (guitar) Dennis Crouch (bass), Russ Pahl (pedal steel) and Jim Hoke (harmonica, woodwinds), Jon Radford (drums), and Drew Erickson (keyboards). Wilson and company recorded everything together live with very few overdubs, a full 360 from his past methods. Jonathan then mixed the record at Jackson Browne’s Groovemasters Studio. The result is a stunning album filled with warm, thoughtful, melody-rich songs that have an immediate impact upon first hearing and continueto grow with further listening.

Jonathan Wilson masterfully strikes a balance as he reaches back to the musical foundation of his upbringing while simultaneously moving forward by infusing the music with modern textures and aesthetic soundscapes, thus producing in the aptly titled, Dixie Blur. 

Wilson has announced a 10–date full band European tour in late March / early April which includes a headline performance at London’s new Lafayette venue.

Listen to Jonathan Wilson’s “In Heaven Making Love”

Last month Jonathan Wilson announced news of his upcoming album Dixie Blur, to be released 6th march via Bella Union in the UK / Europe (BMG in North America) and available to preorder here. The critically-acclaimed artist, multi-instrumentalist and producer (Father John Misty, Laura Marling, Dawes) spent most of 2017-18 on Roger Waters’ epic US+THEM tour as musical director, guitarist and vocalist, singing the David Gilmour leads. Following the tour, Wilson chose to temporarily leave his Los Angeles-based home and studio and head to Nashville to work with a revered group of musicians and co-producer Pat Sansone of Wilco, to create Dixie Blur, his most personal, accessible and fully-realised work to date.

Today, Jonathan Wilson has shared a new single titled “In Heaven Making Love”. Wilson says of the song, “That was one written from the road and driving down some highway in Spain. It was written in a totally different way for my last album, Rare Birds.” He adds, “I tried but I could never really get it, but then we did it this new way and it was like, Oh, that makes total sense now.”

Listen to the previously released tracks “So Alive” and “Korean Tea” to appreciate Wilson’s sonic vision for Dixie Blur. The video for the recently released “69 Corvette” features in-studio footage of the recording, but more importantly includes personal home movies from his upbringing that help illustrate the narrative of Dixie Blur.  The North Carolina native moved to LA 15 years ago where he became an integral part of the music community as a respected artist and producer. It was there he recorded and played most of the instruments on his celebrated albums Gentle Spirit (2011), Fanfare (2013) and Rare Birds (2018), building each project over time, piece by piece.

Wilson chose a completely different path for Dixie Blur in both writing and recording. The songs hark back to his Southern roots, both musically and personally. The multi-talented artist went to Nashville to record at Cowboy Jack Clement’s legendary Sound Emporium Studio and worked with a core group of exceptional players that included Mark O’Connor (fiddle), Kenny Vaughan (guitar) Dennis Crouch (bass), Russ Pahl (pedal steel) and Jim Hoke (harmonica, woodwinds), Jon Radford (drums), and Drew Erickson (keyboards). Wilson and company recorded everything together live with very few overdubs, a full 360 from his past methods. Jonathan then mixed the record at Jackson Browne’s Groovemasters Studio. The result is a stunning album filled with warm, thoughtful, melody-rich songs that have an immediate impact upon first hearing and continueto grow with further listening.

Jonathan Wilson masterfully strikes a balance as he reaches back to the musical foundation of his upbringing while simultaneously moving forward by infusing the music with modern textures and aesthetic soundscapes, thus producing in the aptly titled, Dixie Blur. 

Wilson has announced a 10–date full band European tour in late March / early April which includes a headline performance at London’s new Lafayette venue.

Jonathan Wilson announces Dixie Blur

Today, Jonathan Wilson announces his new album Dixie Blur, released 6th march via Bella Union in the UK / Europe (BMG in North America) and available to preorder here. The critically-acclaimed artist, multi-instrumentalist and producer (Father John Misty, Laura Marling, Dawes) spent most of 2017-18 on Roger Waters’ epic US+THEM tour as musical director, guitarist and vocalist, singing the David Gilmour leads. Following the tour, Wilson chose to temporarily leave his Los Angeles-based home and studio and head to Nashville to work with a revered group of musicians and co-producer Pat Sansone of Wilco, to create Dixie Blur, his most personal, accessible and fully-realised work to date.

Listen to the tracks “So Alive” and “Korean Tea” to appreciate Wilson’s sonic vision for Dixie Blur. The video for the recently released “69 Corvette” features in-studio footage of the recording, but more importantly includes personal home movies from his upbringing that help illustrate the narrative of Dixie Blur.  The North Carolina native moved to LA 15 years ago where he became an integral part of the music community as a respected artist and producer. It was there he recorded and played most of the instruments on his celebrated albums Gentle Spirit (2011), Fanfare (2013) and Rare Birds (2018), building each project over time, piece by piece.

Wilson chose a completely different path for Dixie Blur in both writing and recording. The songs hark back to his Southern roots, both musically and personally. The multi-talented artist went to Nashville to record at Cowboy Jack Clement’s legendary Sound Emporium Studio and worked with a core group of exceptional players that included Mark O’Connor (fiddle), Kenny Vaughan (guitar) Dennis Crouch (bass), Russ Pahl (pedal steel) and Jim Hoke (harmonica, woodwinds), Jon Radford (drums), and Drew Erickson (keyboards). Wilson and company recorded everything together live with very few overdubs, a full 360 from his past methods. Jonathan then mixed the record at Jackson Browne’s Groovemasters Studio. The result is a stunning album filled with warm, thoughtful, melody-rich songs that have an immediate impact upon first hearing and continueto grow with further listening.

Jonathan Wilson masterfully strikes a balance as he reaches back to the musical foundation of his upbringing while simultaneously moving forward by infusing the music with modern textures and aesthetic soundscapes, thus producing in the aptly titled, Dixie Blur. 

Wilson has announced a 10–date full band European tour in late March / early April which includes a headline performance at London’s new Lafayette venue. Full tour dates can be found here.

Fans can order limited edition bundle versions of Dixie Blur, which include an engraved zippo lighter and hemp rolling papers. In addition to this, there is also limited edition Dixie Blur guitar pick packs available to order.

Jonathan Wilson shares ’69 Corvette

Having recently shared the track “So Alive” from a new album due for release in Spring next year, today Jonathan Wilson premieres a video to new single “69 Corvette.” of the track Wilson says: “‘69 corvette’ is a tune I wrote in a few of the hundred hotel rooms I was in the past few years, on the bigrocktour. I realised somewhere deep in Latvia that I was missing my home, my family, the woods in North Carolina, the whole process of growing up. I missed my family, the feeling, the preaching. This is my ode to them. The song was recorded live with the band at Sound Emporium in Nashville. It’s the first tune I recorded with my new pal Mark O Connor. Enjoy…”

Wilson will be coming to the UK early next year for some special live appearances. On 26th January he will be one of the main performers at Born To Run: A 70th Birthday Tribute to Bruce Springsteen at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall as part of Celtic Connections. Other performers on the bill include Irish folk-pop songstress Lisa Hannigan and The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn. This will be followed at the end of January by the Americana UK Awards in London at which Wilson will be the bandleader. More info on this will follow soon.

Jonathan Wilson spent most of 2018 on the road, away from home supporting Rare Birds as well as performing in Roger Waters’ Us + Them band as singer/guitarist. The homesickness he felt from being away so long was not for his home and studio in Los Angeles, but a deeper feeling. He missed the South. He missed home. Jonathan was born and raised in North Carolina. When Jonathan finally did return to LA, it was to pack up his LA home and studio. With nowhere to work in LA and over 20 songs, he flew to Nashville to make a record that would help Wilson recapture his innate love of American music. The music he would play with his dad and his dad’s friends as a kid growing up in the South surrounded by bluegrass, country, and more. He recruited his favourite – and some of the most legendary – session players to join him including Mark O’Connor, Dennis Crouch, Kenny Vaughn, Jim Hoke, Russ Pahl, Pat Sansone and Jon Radford, and recorded everything live. The as–yet–untitled album is slated for release in Spring 2020.