a little back story
Jonathan lives in Anchorage, AK, where he works full-time as an unpaid chauffeur for his two rapidly-growing boys. He earns beer money as a gigging musician and freelance writer, and teaches Creative Writing classes for the English department at the University of Alaska.
In 2012, Jonathan released his first songs in a decade - the EP, *but so beautiful* - a work lauded in local media outlets for its "masterful storytelling."
His follow-up, the full-length album *Hope, Alaska*, arrived in 2014, and was met with a wave of good reviews and welcome opportunities, cementing JJB's decision to write and record songs again following his ten year hiatus. The Kickstarter for this outing concluded at almost 120% beyond his projected goal. Following his successful crowdsourcing effort, the record earned Jonathan the A&E cover story for the Anchorage Press, appearances on CBS-affiliate, KTVA, and a seat as the featured artist for local NPR station, KNBA's "Alaska Music Spotlight."
Last year, Jonathan contributed two election-themed, weekly music columns for the Anchorage Press newspaper - "Coping Skills, vol. 1-8" and "Songs for the Darkest Time of Year, vol. 1-4." In January, he turned his focus to the pre-production tasks required to launch his next full-length recording project.
There's probably more - there always is, of course - but right now he's gotta go pick up his teenager at track practice. Then, he has to go grab a cheese tray along with some industrial-sized box of crackers at Costco. After that, he's racing over to the elementary school to catch his third grader's class production of *Charlotte's Web."
You know how it is.
Anyway, thanks for listening, and for supporting the music. It's all just pipe dreams and fantasies without you all in the mix.
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