Forging his own American dream, singer-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. July 2019, marks 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, Shadow King) and joined by Morgan Hannaford (Muletown, Honeybee, Across the Grain) on pedal steel guitar and dobro and featuring special guest Scott Joss (Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam) on fiddle for this 10-song long player that is considered Foster's finest collection of songs which includes the ear worms 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 and touring small venues across the U.S. for the past 10 years, reaching from over 20 years of songwriting and has driven across the country over 15 times to play in nearly all of the lower 48. He grew up in Cranberry Lake, New York in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains and has called Northern California home since 2001, primarily atop the Central Valley in Redding. In his music you'll hear traces of his rural upbringing, geographic meanderings, and love of the outdoors 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.
His previous efforts include the 2017 Green Eyed Bird LP that includes the award winning song "Reclamation Town", a solo 18-song live album "American Highway Live" (2016), a prime collection of his previous 18 years of songwriting including many selections from the previous full length album "Help Me Run" (2015). Help Me Run, co-produced by Bruce Turgon, continues to showcase Jonathan's artistic taste in music and songwriting where the land, highway and people meet in vibrato featuring the stalwart tracks Mixing the Medicine and River's Name . This was the follow up from his 2013 debut studio album "Sabbatical" featuring songs that explore the human experience from travel, love, humor, and disappointment including two songs by the late Sam Bragdon.
Jonathan is a proud member of The Americana Music Association & Folk Alliance International. He plays a Martin HD28 six-string with Elixir nanoweb strings and breaths through Hohner Special 20 harmonicas to give you that full of folk live music experience in the classic American singer-songwriter style that resonates bicoastal from the Cascade to Adirondack mountains. June 1, 2021, marks the release of his 5th studio album, Lantern Shade with corresponding U.S. tour! Please sign the email list to keep up with shows and recordings, follow on Facebook & Spotify, request songs on you favorite radio station, Pandora, Apple Music, etc. and see the photographic journey on Instagram -- thanks for keeping independent songwriters going on down the road!