The Southern Cafe & Music Hall Presents - “Ethan Jones”
© Culpeper Times
WHAT: Ethan Johns
WHERE: The Southern Café & Music Hall, 103 S. 1st Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
WHEN: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 – Dinner 5:00 PM, Show 8:00 PM
TICKET PRICE: $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show – GA Seated Show
“There’s no sense to stopping now,” Ethan Johns sang on the closing song of his first solo album, 2013’s aptly titled If Not Now Then When? “I may take the long way round.” Those words could serve as the mantra of this renowned producer, multi-instrumentalist and late-blooming artist. “My interest in making music in general—whether it be recording or performing it or helping produce it—always seems to stem from the same place,” Johns notes. “As long as I’m learning something and I’m on the journey and I’m moving forwards, I’m gonna be happy.”
The Reckoning, Johns’ second solo album (released June 2 on his own Three Crows Records), is very much in keeping with his “just go for it” aesthetic, as he ceded control to his friend and frequent collaborator Ryan Adams. When he flew into LA with a fresh batch of songs last September, Johns had no idea what sort of chemical reaction this role reversal with Adams would have on the material; all he knew was that every time the two of them had come together to make a record in the past, the results had been direct and utterly free of artifice.