Folk singer Michael Jonathan has completed his 20th studio album, Garden of Silence, out March 24th via PoetMan Records USA. Jonathan composed 10 of his 11 songs, Martin composed all the music using guitar, long he neck banjo, textured strings he quartet, gazebo he horn section, piano etc. Produced and arranged.
Garden of Silence opens with a song on the day Vincent van Gogh died and ends with a tribute to folk singers around the world. This journey between two of his musical bookends includes Henry David Thoreau (“Winter Song”), Front Porch Spirit (“Front Porch Symphony”), Narcissism (“Narcissistic Blues”), Lovers and There is a song about dancing (“September Eve”). ), Jonathon’s homage to musical hero Pete Seeger (“Seeger Mashup”), and a banjo-driven instrumental about the smell of earth after it rains (“Petrichor”).
“Never before in the history of the world has there been such a need to revisit the meaning and spirit of the Front Porch. To me, that’s this album,” said Jonathan. Garden of Silence is a deep dive into music and art. , Peace and Power, Life and Feelings on the Front Porch of America. “
Few of the many artists in music have elevated ‘dreaming’ to a higher art form than folk singer Michael Jonathon. He recently received the prestigious Milner Award for the Arts in 2020 from Kentucky’s Governor Andy Beshear. A tribute to Vincent van Gogh, The Painter is his 17th album release. Cosmic His Banlow, released in Winter 2022, is a celebration of the Long Neck His Banjo. His 19th album AFTERBURN: Folk at Arena Level was released at his end of May 2022.
Michael is a touring songwriter, author of six published books (WoodSongs series), screenwriter for the upcoming Caney Creek film, and playwright for Walden Play in 42 countries. , opera composer and host of Woody: For the People. As creator and host of the National Association of Front Porch Musicians called Songfarmers, Songs of Rural America’s full symphony performance, and Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour live audience broadcasts, reaching over 2 million listeners on 500 radio stations each week. radio stations, public television from coast to coast, US military radio networks in 173 countries, and now broadcast on the national RFD-TV network. Jonathon was recently awarded the prestigious 2020 Kentucky Governor’s Milner Award for the Arts.
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