Pushing past the conventional, over-dressed, under-paid mold of the singer/songwriter genre, Jonathan Terrell defines the next generation of Texas music. With an extended list of soulful originals and an impressive list of counter-culture covers, Jonathan hypnotizes the audience with his authentic style and dedication to perfection. Longview born lyricist Jonathan Terrell possesses a style of writing that is sincere, introspective, and sometimes mischievous, yet strong enough to challenge the listeners' most private emotions. Trying to define Jonathan's music is rigorous. He produces a signature narrative style and maintains a unique ability to appeal to listeners from a variety of genres; leaving fans demanding more. Jonathan Terrell is currently reaping the rewards of his success, and his rock-solid fan base continues to grow exponentially. Loyal fans have flocked to consecutive sold out performances eagerly anticipating the honest lyrics and addictive sound. Currently finishing his second solo album, "Trials and Stimulations", he has picked up and moved to Austin, the one city he feels will "challenge his musical ability, and push him to hone his craft even more". Austin American Statesman recently comented on Jonathan's Monday night shows at Speakeasy, educating the city of the Texas artist "creating a buzz in the Texas music scene". Still feeding the ever hungry fans with constant fresh material, playing in two rock and roll side projects,Not In The Face, and the Dirty Sound, and going to college full time, Jonathan Terrell is a driving lyrical force that you will never in this generation see slow down.
AUSTIN CHRONICLE REVIEW OF THE NEW ALBUM "TRIALS AND STIMULATIONS"
HOME: NOVEMBER 28, 2008: MUSIC
BY JIM CALIGIURI
Trials and Stimulations
Born and bred in the East Texas town of Longview, Jonathan Terrell seemingly has roots music in his blood. Trials and Stimulations may be only his second effort, but its 14 songs span a lifetime of stories well told. Taking his cues from the likes of Townes Van Zandt and Steve Earle, the twentysomething songwriter moans poetry set to country and folk settings that kick up dust with a flourish. He then watches as it settles, examining the aftermath with a keen eye. A middisc trilogy of desolation ("The Lone Road"), twisted rockabilly ("Boots"), and Dylan-esque folk ("Terrible Man") grounds the disc, perfectly illustrating Terrell's talent for mood, melody, and lyric. At 55 minutes, Trials and Stimulations could use some editing, but Terrell's songs are sturdy, his band above average and engaging.