Too Folk for country, too country for folk

"A breezy songwriting style, alternating between lyrical introspection and worldly observation, takes listeners on the road with him across America, admiring the beauty of rivers and forests while appreciating individuality along the way." - Ed Balint, The Canton Rep - Best Music of 2021 

“The California based folk artist got his start as more of a rock ‘n’ roll kid, but through influences like John Prine and Bob Dylan, landed on a softer, more old-fashioned sound in his solo career. That career has led to a decade of cross-country tours and five albums – all presented with a palpable level of sincerity. Foster isn’t reinventing the folk-music wheel, but adding layers of his own observations and lived experiences to the rich mythologies of blue-collar heroes and rural history.” – Lyndsie Kiebert-Carey, Sandpoint Reader, Idaho 

“He performs music in the folk/Americana vein, sometimes reminiscent of Willie Nelson or Bob Dylan. A lot of his inspiration comes from his home in the Adirondacks.” – Andy Gardner, Watertown Daily Times 

“Foster uses both his talents as a scientist and an artist to draw attention to issues affecting current and future generations.” – Shannon Bohle, The Lima News, Ohio 

“Unplug from the world for a few minutes with the beautiful sounds of singer/songwriter Jonathan Foster's latest masterpiece The Mountain Echo. With Foster's emotive vocals fusing seamlessly with the beautiful sounds of the mandolin, The Mountain Echo will make you feel like diving into an ocean of folk/Americana notes.” – MusicnGear, Greece 

 “Foster has a pure tenor voice, his guitar playing is straight forward and unadorned, and his songs are simple expressions of Foster’s life in a rural, heartwarming place. Reminiscent of pre-Jesus Dylan and several other folkies who followed him, Foster is at once familiar and fresh.” – Tim Curley, Sonoma Index-Tribune 

 "Foster is original in his songwriting and his ability to tell stories through his music. If you mixed John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot, and Blaze Foley all together you would get Foster." - Keith Smith, Americana Highways

"...[a] luminous and euphoric record... Jonathan Foster creates wonderful songs! Full of emotions, obvious and catchy melodies of a voice that fills the space well, and all this makes you want to travel to the next tavern and go listen to him live and share a moment! - Bertrand Tappaz, Voix de Garage - France

"Reclamation Town" the 2016 Shasta Lake Songwriting Contest Winner in After Five, The North State Magazine "the song captures the spirit of the area and its history" - Buddy Fairbanks.   "Jonathan is a rare talent and we are very proud to have a local resident do such good things!" – City of Shasta Lake Mayor Lori Chapman

“His nine self-composed songs and his cover version of the traditional Appalachian folk song “Shady Grove” captivate us from start to finish on this new Jonathan Foster album… his songs can be seen as a beautiful asset and new fixed value for the Americana music genre.” – Rootstime, Belgium

 "roots-oriented folk music accented by elements of Americana rock. Acoustic guitars often glisten like whitecaps rising atop an ocean wave, pleasing to the eye (or, in this case, ear) but shielding turbulence just beneath the surface. His gravelly vocals remind me of Steve Earle’s – and, truth be told, some songs do, too." - Jeff Gemmill, The Old Grey Cat

"Thank you so much for your awesome song, The Women Take Over, which has basically become our anthem for tomorrow's Shastapalooza show!" - Jenny Abbe, Chair - DCCSC

Review of the Sabbatical LP via Strutterzine 8.3 out of 10 "Jonathan has got a very interesting voice (JOHNNY CASH similarities sometimes) ...after listening to a couple of songs you feel comfortable with his way of singing and I have to admit that he actually has (his) own style..." - Gabor Kleinbloesem

“True to his roots as a trained observer, the political divisiveness  
that marked 2020—as well as the effects of a deadly pandemic that kept artists and everyone else inside—found its way into a handful of the 10 songs on “Lantern Shade.” - Jon Lewis, After Five Magazine 

 " (he) always worked his ass off on my nature trail and then helped me drink all my Sierra Nevadas. I bet he writes good songs, too." - Dr. K 

"Nice classic country feel to his voice. Kind of reminds me a bit of Randy Travis only without the psychotic episodes." 

"Crescent City Blues is the first respectable tune I've heard on the subject. Thank you for that." 

"Beautiful Sabbatical! Tasty guitars. Voice lovely and grounded. Lyrics thoughtful. Reminds me of early John Prine..."

Television Interview and Performance 2022 - https://www.myhighplains.com/video/jonathan-foster-playing-at-leftwoods-tonight/8125682/ - 

Divine Magazine Interview 2022 - https://divinemagazine.biz/interview-with-jonathan-foster/ - 

Talkin’ Music Interview on KVNF Public Radio 2022 - https://www.kvnf.org/show/talkin-music/2022-09-08/talkin-music-jonathan-foster 

Song of The Soul Interview 2021 - www.northernspiritradio.org/song-soul/stardust-saltwater-devils-darner-jonathan-foster - 

Earth In Tune Podcast Interview 2022 - https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-8h6u8-11dba4c - 

Authority Magazine Interview 2022 - https://medium.com/authority-magazine/rising-music-star-jonathan-foster-on-the-five-things-you-need-to-shine-in-the-music-industry-192c0d02e08b - 

 

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2021 KKRN Interview (click photo) with Craig Boyer, The Eclectic Hour!

2021 KKRN Interview (click photo) with Craig Boyer, The Eclectic Hour!