Hailing from New England, JON SLOW is a multifaceted artist with a passion for music that dates back to his childhood. From a tender age of five, Jon has been immersed in the world of music, exploring various instruments and genres that have shaped his creative endeavors. With a penchant for classical and jazz, Jon has honed his skills in playing the clarinet, sax, and flute, captivating audiences with his impeccable performances in bands, ensembles and chamber groups. In addition, he developed a love for classic rock, self-teaching himself how to play the acoustic guitar and learning iconic tracks by The Who and Led Zeppelin, among others, by taping songs off the radio.
Writing his own songs was a turning point for Jon, sparked by a wise and fortuitous challenge from his best friend. He has since led bands that have been featured on renowned radio stations such as Detroit’s 89X and New York’s Pacifica Radio. Jon has also been featured on the Disney Channel and performed on Kid Rock’s second album. As an artist, Jon has released two LPs, Wouldshed and Welcome to Nine, two EPs, Windmill Place and The One You Feed, and hundreds of originals on worldwide streaming and international radio platforms.
In high demand, Jon’s live performances grace wineries, breweries, restaurants, bars, and venues across New England. He’s also available for private events, special occasions, and personalized song/lyric composition projects. His unwavering passion for music and genuine connection with audiences make him a remarkable artist to follow.
Jon’s latest masterpiece is his newly released album “Haystack Rock,” which comprises 12 tracks that showcase his musical evolution. The album is a unique blend of styles, alternate tunings, and lyrical narratives that tread new ground. It is inspired by the dualistic pairing of immense personal and professional good fortune, after surmounting momentous challenges, leading to a holistic perspective as the pandemic unfolded.
“Haystack Rock,” which was released on March 24, 2023, commences with Slow’s rugged vocals and proficient guitar playing amalgamating to create a primitive, unrefined sound. The album proceeds to traverse an array of moods and styles, with each song encapsulating a distinct tale of amour, bereavement, and the conquest of the human spirit. The album is a musical masterpiece that encompasses an extensive assortment of genres, making it an impressive tour de force, which is expected given his tenure in the industry and notable collaborations.
Slow’s guitar playing is a prominent characteristic of the album, with his intricate fingerpicking and soulful solos contributing to the depth and texture of each track. The album was recorded in Slow’s living room studio, over a deliberately ambiguous timeline, which engenders a sense of spontaneity and creativity throughout the tracks. He elucidated that he allowed the music to manifest naturally, resulting in a fun and enjoyable experience. The relief of completing such a laborious project was undoubtedly satisfying. He has plans for album release parties, touring, and potentially more music in the coming year.
The album features 12 tracks, each possessing a unique quality and ambiance. “Read Your Mind,” “I am the wind,” “For All That You are,” “Smile,” “Thinking of You,” “Next to Me,” “Tomorrow Is Today,” “Tom Petty Is the Soundtrack,” “Close to Thanksgiving,” “Attract the Light,” “Perfect Pairing” and “Looking For You” all demonstrate Slow’s artistry and versatility, culminating in a sonorous journey that is both enjoyable and enthralling.
If you enjoy listening to music that tells stories of love, loss and the triumph of the human spirit, then this album is worth listening to.