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. His 5th full-length independent studio effort debuts to the world June 1, 2021, and is packed with musical residuals from the past year of reflective moments during uncertain days.
Somewhere between the dark and the light comes the new album Lantern Shade by Redding, California based singer-songwriter Jonathan Foster. 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”. Cross paths with Jonathan’s music again or for the first time with some Lantern Shade through your airwaves!
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.
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. 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!