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Jonathan Wilson


Fanfare, the second full-length from acclaimed artist and producer Jonathan Wilson, was released in October 2013 via Downtown Records.

With 2011’s critically-lauded debut, Gentle Spirit, audiences worldwide were introduced to the prodigious talents of singer, songwriter, record producer and unrivaled guitar hero Jonathan Wilson. Gentle Spirit was celebrated for its authentic exploration and modern updating of the “Laurel Canyon sound”.

Wilson’s follow-up, Fanfare, was recorded over a 9-month period at his Fivestar Studios in Los Angeles and features contributions from Graham Nash, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Josh Tillman (aka Father John Misty), Wilco’s Patrick Sansone, Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith and Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. The album is an ambitious, epically grandiose rock production that has conjured notions of Dennis Wilson’s Pacific Ocean Blue amongst more than one music journalist.

“I was going for this sort of ‘widescreen’ sound, a blown out vista. I wanted strings, horns, bells, vibes, voices, solos, improvisation and a full orchestra on some of the tunes,” says Wilson. “There were a few weeks of sessions with the band tracking live, as well as many weeks with just myself and engineer Bryce Gonzales. There were also many weeks at a time of just me working alone, as I did with Gentle Spirit. I’ve always worked alone in some capacity since I first started recording, it’s a very important part of the process for me.”

Prior to beginning work on Fanfare, Wilson spent the prior 18 months touring the world with his band to support his debut album, which included invitations to tour with legendary superstars such as Neil Young and Crazy Horse and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, and notable contemporaries including Wilco and Tame Impala.

Born and raised in North Carolina and now based in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, Jonathan Wilson moved to Los Angeles in 2005 and is credited with reviving the neighborhood’s once-legendary music scene. As a sought-after producer, Wilson’s recent work includes albums by Father John Misty and Dawes.


Videos & Press
  • Jonathan Wilson released guest-filled new LP, touring in February

    [Brooklyn Vegan] Jonathan Wilson released his new album, Fanfare, in October. The highly orchestral, big-sounding record features contributions from Graham Nash, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Josh Tillman, Wilco’s Patrick Sansone, and Mike Campbell & Benmont Tench from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. You can stream the whole album below. In February, Wilson will be going […]

  • Exclusive: Jonathan Wilson’s ‘Dear Friend’ Video

    [Esquire] By James Joiner Jonathan Wilson makes the kind of sometimes dreamy folky rock you hear playing somewhere and instinctively stop to listen, making a mental note to find a way to hear more of it — no small feat in an age when it seems like every band out there is jumping on the […]

  • Song Premiere: Jonathan Wilson – “Love to Love”

    [Paste Magazine] By Dacey Orr Jonathan Wilson, whose honest live performances and genuine lyricism have already built their own solid reputation, has just announced the forthcoming U.S. release of his album Fanfare. Fanfare features appearances from a number of well-known collaborators ranging from Graham Nash, David Crosby and Jackson Browne to Josh Tillman (Father John […]

  • Live Video: Jonathan Wilson at US Social Club

    [KEXP] By Jim Beckmann To look at Jonathan Wilson, you know where he’s coming from, or more likely when. His long straight hair tied back, his well but not too neatly kept beard, the worn army green coat over a very well-worn low neck DIY band t-shirt, the beaded jewelry, the knit hat — it […]

  • Jonathan Wilson featured in the 2013 Grammys Campaign

    Jonathan Wilson was invited to participate in The GRAMMYs TV & Print advertising campaigns. You can view the commercial currently airing on CBS here:    



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