Jon Shain | Army Jacket Winter

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Army Jacket Winter

by Jon Shain

Piedmont, roots and blues influenced Americana folk-driven rock.
Genre: Folk: Folk Blues
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1. Time to Move On
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2. Silvertone
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3. Another Month of Mondays
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4. Cornershops and Subway Trains
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5. Pictures from the Past
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6. Lucy Don't You See
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7. To Rise Again
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8. Song for Maria
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9. Song for JoJo
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10. In Real time
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11. Dyehouse Blues
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12. Slowdance
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13. Flat Earth Crowd
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14. Throne of Gold
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Jon Shain's latest CD, "Army Jacket Winter", is his fifth solo album on Flyin' Records. It was recorded this past year in Chapel Hill, NC at Fenario Sound Recording, Shain co-producing with indie wiz-kids Jackson Hall and Scottsburg Jonze. Shain was joined in the studio by his band, the Jon Shain Trio, consisting of FJ Ventre on upright bass, John Currie on dobro and steel guitar effects, and Bill Newton on harmonicas. Guests on the album include drummer Zeke Hutchins of Tift Merritt's band and jazz trumpeter Stephen Franckevich.

The album starts with an inspired cover of Tom Petty's "Time to Move On", and then moves on - through thirteen new Jon Shain originals, covering a spectrum of roots influences. 12-string guitars interweave with 6-strings on several songs. Percussion loops are tastefully mixed into Appalachian style melodies. Slide guitar rings from a '50s Silvertone acoustic alongside grand piano backing. From the Parisian cafe sound of the accordion and classical guitar of "In Real Time" to the yin/yang of the harmonica and muted trumpet of Katrina-influenced "To Rise Again", it is clear that Shain has stretched his musical envelope on this album.


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Harp Magazine


"The first song on Jon Shain’s new disc, a cover of Tom Petty’s “Time to Move On,” is a pretty fair indicator of what you get with Shain. Which is not to say Tom Petty, mind you, but a Wildflowers-era mix of fingerpick blues, gentle-yet-wry lyricism, and more than a little bit of warmth—in other words, comfy as the old G.I. castoff and thrift-store favorite referenced in the title. The sixth release on his own Flyin’ Records (named after Shain’s old duo Flyin’ Mice), Winter sees the North Carolinian moving in more of a Randy Newman direction, and frankly, it looks rather good on him. Subtle accordion, nylon-string guitar, dobro and grand piano all share in the mix with Shain’s trusty (if rusty) Silvertone acoustic here, and the result, more often than not, is golden."

--Timothy Davis, Harp Magazine (July 2007)

Southeast Performer

Brilliant acoustic fingerstylings and insightful lyrics are still around and goi
"Jon Shain is proof that singer/songwriters with brilliant acoustic fingerstylings and insightful lyrics are still around and going strong. Shain's Army Jacket Winter is an array of stories about love and restlessness, backed by acoustic/electric guitars, accordion and dobro. Fans of Keb Mo, Jimmy Buffett and Randy Newman will dig Shain's mood on this album. "

--Kathleen Wehle, Southeast Performer Magazine, Atlanta, GA (July 2007)

Jen Killion

Army Jacket Winter
This is one of those cds that you listen to a few times and the next time you hear one of the songs (for me in particular the first two), without realizing what it is at first you think - Man, I love this song! Then you realize it's from the new cd you bought and you smile. That's when you know you've found good music - when it only takes a few times of hearing it for it to become a favorite!

John Book, Music For America

Compassion, honest, and deserving: this is the music of Jon Shain
Jon Shain is new to my ears, but Army Jacket Winter (Flyin') is his fifth album to date.

The first person that came to mind while hearing him was Jeff Tweedy, that honesty and upfront feeling of a voice, guitar, and a harmonica, nowhere to run but into your consciousness. Many of his songs are about emotion, whether those he feels, or observing the world and wondering what the next man or woman is feeling. This is evident in pieces such as "Another Month Of Mondays", "To Rise Again" (a song about a post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans), and "Throne Of Gold", where the passion in his voice, the lyrics, and his playing is enough to make you want to open a bottle and drink your miseries away.

Is Swain a depressing songwriter, not at all, but that tradition of writing blues-influenced lyrics with country and folk compassion is what makes his songs work. It's honest and to the point, it will make you want to yell out loud "Yes Jon Shain, I know exactly what you mean." Shain deserves to be heard, and I hope he will continue doing this for many years to come.