"You can hear the distant roots of Appalachian (and Adirondack) mountain music, but this isn't a re-creation of older styles. This is music that is current and vibrant, with a sense of celebrating the now." - Ryan Dunn
Forging his own American dream, 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, off the beaten path introspective lyrics, and yearly tours. In 2020, he will be on the road for the Songs & Stories 2020 U.S. tour spanning New York to California. July 2019, marked the release of his 4th studio album Wildlife (Miracle Mile Records/After Hours Recorders) . Recorded, mixed, mastered, and bass guitar by Bruce Turgon (Foreigner, Lou Gramm, Black Sheep) and joined by Morgan Hannaford on pedal steel guitar and dobro, featuring special guest Scott Joss (Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam) on fiddle, and includes ear worm songs Louise, California Golden, and a rollicking cover of Bob Dylan's Girl from the North Country. Jonathan revels in engaging listeners with his tunes both solo and occasionally with a band. He has spent much of his life travelling, songwriting, and touring small venues across the U.S. for the past 8 years and has played in nearly all of the lower 48. With his roots growing up in Cranberry Lake, New York to the nearly past 20 years in Northern California, you'll hear traces of his rural upbringing and geographic meanderings in his music with songwriter inspiration from John Prine, John Hiatt, Bob Dylan, James McMurtry, Todd Snider, Townes Van Zandt, Hayes Carll, Gillian Welch, Jason Isbell, Steve Earle, Neil Young, Natalie Merchant, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, and Warren Zevon.
Past performances include 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). Past supporting act for the Deadstring Brothers, The Same Chase, Rita Hosking, Dead Winter Carpenters, Banditos, Von Stomper, the Brothers Reed, Jack Grace, Craig Chaquico, and Scott Joss.
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.
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"You can take a musician out of the Adirondacks, but somewhere in the music there's still a link back home." - Todd Moe of North Country Public Radio
"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 (Review of the Sabbatical LP via Strutterzine 8.3 out of 10)
"...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. (Review of the Sabbatical LP via Leicester Bangs)
"Jonathan Foster, the hardest working man in Shasta County show business, gettin' 'er done" - Jon Lewis