Friday, January 9, 2009

Family Non-Fiction

Touring with his bandmates Switchfoot as part of the Music Builds tour (with Jars of Clay and Third Day) benefiting Habitat for Humanity and the ONE Campaign, releasing 4 solo E.P.s and a full L.P., and hosting a Surf Contest/Festival; ya might think that Jon Foreman might want some time off . . .nah!

Seems he and Nickel Creek friend Sean Watkins have made a little record (release date 1/20/09) under the moniker of Family Fiction .The first single "When She's Near", is available for free for Download this week at itickets, and it has Jon singing about romantic love, something he has for the most part, shied away from on his other projects.

From their Bio "Foreman and Watkins began their collaboration in 2005, and eventually pieced together their first song called "Betrayal." The pair continued to write songs in the same manner because Nickel Creek and Switchfoot were both constantly on the road touring. "Whoever was home from tour would chip away at the songs with no real expectations at all," said Foreman. It was "mainly just for ourselves and for the love of the song I suppose."

The tracking of the record was very organic, with little production involved besides some basic samples the two created from scratch. It was recorded completely in Foreman and Watkins' home studios, and with a few exceptions, "every note was written, arranged, played, recorded, mixed, and mastered by sean and myself," Foreman said.

Eventually, the pair had pulled together enough songs for an EP, but enjoyed the project so much they decided to continue writing until they had a full record. They finished tracking in 2007, and rumors were swirling that Starbucks Coffee would be releasing the record on their label. But that deal apparently fell through, and the album was shelved until ATO Records picked it up late in 2008."

They are also touring to promote the disc, and I am excited that they will be in my area in a couple weeks (and I get to take a couple of awesome friends with me to the show).

check 'em out

Jan 13 2009 12:30P
Borders Store - FREE Ann Arbor, Michigan
Jan 13 2009 7:00P
The Ark Ann Arbor, Michigan
Jan 14 2009 7:00P
Literary Club - Calvin College GRAND RAPIDS
Jan 15 2009 7:00P
Abbey Pub Chicago, Illinois
Jan 17 2009 7:00P
Ransburg Auditorium - University of Indianapolis Indianapolis, Indiana
Jan 18 2009 7:00P
Mountain Stage at WVU Morgantown, West Virginia
Jan 20 2009 7:00P
Bowery Ballroom New York, New York
Jan 21 2009 7:00P
Paradise Rock Club Boston, Massachusetts
Jan 22 2009 7:00P
World Cafe Live Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jan 23 2009 7:00P
Crawford Auditorium Grove City, Pennsylvania
Jan 24 2009 7:00P
Jammin’ Java Vienna, Virginia
Jan 25 2009 7:00P
Brubaker Auditorium Grantham, Pennsylvania
Jan 27 2009 7:00P
Gravity Lounge Charlottesville, Virginia
Jan 29 2009 7:00P
Variety Playhouse Atlanta, Georgia
Jan 30 2009 7:00P
Belcourt Theater Nashville, Tennessee
Feb 3 2009 7:00P
Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room Seattle, Washington
Feb 4 2009 7:00P
Aladdin Theater Portland, Oregon
Feb 5 2009 7:00P
The Independent San Francisco, California
Feb 6 2009 7:00P
Anthology Restaurant San Diego, California
Feb 7 2009 7:00P
Largo at Coronet Theater West Hollywood, California


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