Jonathan Foster is a name not readily recognizable in Americana circles but, it should be. His latest release Lantern Shade invokes the vision of the proverbial itinerant troubadour singing songs about life as they see it. - Keith smith, Americana highways

Forging his own American dream, Redding, California songwriter Jonathan Foster brings a roots blend of Folk-Americana music as a recording and performing artist. He is known for his soulful vocals, acoustic guitar and harmonica, passionate delivery, and off the beaten path introspective lyrics. 

June 1, 2021, marks the release his 5th independent studio album, Lantern Shade, the follow up from his 2019, release of his latest album Wildlife. Lantern Shade is packed with musical residuals from the past year of reflective moments during uncertain days. Foster brings this 10-song long player to life with vocal conviction, imaginative lyrics, driven guitars, and rootsy sounds inspired from time in the Cascade Mountains to memories of his hometown Cranberry Lake, New York. The album steers towards the rock side of modern folk music with some big help from Bruce Turgon on bass guitar and Joe Misztal on drums. Lantern Shade comes out of the gate with the catchy single “Stardust Saltwater” and weaves between the heavy “The Beast”, “Into The Black”, “The Ship” and fun “When It Gets Dark”, “Alpine Line”, “Shady Grove”, “Ani Bird” to dedicated celebrations “May Our Paths Cross Again” and “Where We Belong”. 

"Not only is Lantern Shade one of the best records I've heard from an up-and-coming artist recently it also ranks with the best work I've heard from anyone so far this year." - Charlie Ricci, Bloggerhythms 

“True to his roots as a trained observer, the political divisiveness that marked 2020—as well as the effects of a deadly pandemic that kept artists and everyone else inside—found its way into a handful of the 10 songs on “Lantern Shade.” - Jon Lewis, After Five Magazine

 “There's a flame burning on Lantern Shade, Foster's brand new release that warm hearts even as it noticeably throws plenty of shade over a troubling past year.” - Jim Dyar, Musician

Foster has spent much of his life traveling, songwriting, and touring venues across the U.S. with his roots born in the rural Adirondack Mountains to the second half of his life in Northern California. In his music and songwriting you'll hear traces of his upbringing, love of the outdoors, his songwriting heroes, geographic meanderings, and the character's he's met in between. Cross paths with Jonathan’s music again or for the first time during the June-August 2020 The Dark & The Light U.S. Tour or with some Lantern Shade through your airwaves!

Genres: Americana, Folk, Roots Rock, Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter, Alt-Folk, Indie, Folk-rock, Country-rock, Alt-country

Influences:  John Prine, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Townes Van Zandt, Natalie Merchant, Lead Belly, John Hiatt, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Gillian Welch, Ben Harper, Todd Snider, James McMurtry, Emmylou Harris, Guy Clark, Hayes Carll, Warren Zevon, The Band, The Tragically Hip, Mark Knopfler,  Bruce Springsteen,  Johnny Cash, Woody Guthrie, Uncle Tupelo, David Bowie, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and  Toots & the Maytals.

 Past performances: The Shrine (NYC), Purple Fiddle (WV), Vintage (CA), Radio Bean (VT), Russell Theater (NY), Uncommon Ground (CHI), Evangeline's (StL), Filling Station (MT), Axe & Fiddle (OR), The Alibi (WY), Black Dog (WA), Laughing Goat (CO), Redding Roots Revival Music Festival (CA). States played: WA, OR, CA, NV, UT, MT, WY, CO, NE, IA, IL, WI, NY, VT, MA, PA, WV, VA, MD, NC, SC, TN, MO, OH, CT.

Opener: Deadstring Brothers, The Sam Chase, Rita Hosking, Dead Winter Carpenters, Banditos, Von Stomper, Brothers Reed, Jack Grace, Craig Chaquico, Scott Joss, and Randy Weeks.

Awards: 2016 After Five Magazine Songwriting Contest winner "Reclamation Town"

Member: The Americana Music Association, Folk Alliance International, and Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) 

Stage Plot: Direct inputs (2) - Beta SM58 Mic w/ stand, Baggs DI from acoustic guitar, (2) stage monitors (provided by venue). Band varies by performance.

For U.S. tour booking inquires email Christopher at

All other inquiries please email JF at 

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"A hallmark of all excellent singer-songwriters is that they avoid superficiality and Foster is no exception. While thoughtfulness is still needed to fully absorb his introspective songs they avoid the head scratching opaqueness that often alienates some music fans away from the genre." - Charlie Ricci, Bloggerhythms

"Jonathan Foster's music has magic, melody and even some mirth." – Mark Helpsmeet, Song of the Soul

"The bottom line is that, when listening to Lantern Shade, you feel like you are sitting around a campfire with a man and his guitar who is telling you musical stories and talking to your soul." - Keith Smith, Americana Highways

"Acclaimed musician, songwriter, artist and all around beautiful soul, Jonathan's music is folk, upbeat and all around feel good styles" - Ursula Guderian, UAG

"You can take a musician out of the Adirondacks, but somewhere in the music there's still a link back home." - Todd Moe, North Country Public Radio

"I love his songs & stories; Jonathan's music pulls you deep into each song and takes you on a journey that you don't want to end" - Janis Logan, Vintage Wine Bar

"Jonathan has got a very interesting voice (Johnny Cash similarities sometimes) ...after listening to a couple of songs you feel comfortable with his way of singing and I have to admit that he actually has (his) own style..." - Gabor Kleinbloesem, Strutterzine

 "Singer-songwriter Jonathan Foster mixes up folk, acoustic blues, country-rock and gritty lyricism to excellent effect on his new long-player, “Sabbatical”" - Phil S. - Leicester Bangs