'Strider Songs 4 Johanna B.'
(New Sky Records)
Everything you need to know about him, is on his website: www.jonstrider.com
Everything you need to hear is at: www.jonstrider.bandcamp.com
It doesn't happen very often, that an artist makes a special compilation for a radio DJ. In fact, over the 29 years of my career it only happened a handful of times to me and this disc, by JON STRIDER is definitely the best! He has a beautiful voice and he writes great songs - to a total of more than four hundred (!) already in a variety of styles. Although he lives in Sweden for quite some time now, Jon never really said 'goodbye' to the famous folk& countryrock from his home state California. If you still feel that longing for the seventies - then he's your man! He released six albums, so you can take your pick or you can purchase songs on the Internet > to make your own "Strider Songs 4 ....." compilation!!
Here is a short but impressive BIO:
Jon Strider has played with Van Morrison, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Eddie Money and many others (on keyboards/background vocals) and he is currently working on his seventh solo album (as artist/producer/arranger) with Skip Edwards (the Hammond organ and keyboard guy on all of Dwight Yoakam's hits and many other hit records).
As a producer/songwriter (based in Los Angeles for sixteen years) he has worked with the elite of the world's musicians from the bands of Dwight Yoakam, Merle Haggard, Little Feat, Paul Simon, George Thorogood, Jackson Browne, Don Henley, Lucinda Williams, Richard Thompson, Willie Nelson and more.
Last Summer (2013) he played the High Chaparral Country Music Festival (Sweden) with his trio (Jon Strider Band) and also solo - along with LeAnn Rimes, Jamie Meyer and Cookies'n'Beans. This Summer (2014) he is opening for Dave Edmunds from Rockpile, among other festivals.
In 2011 his first single "Apple Pie Song" from the 'Fresh Tracks' CD on New Sky Records (also produced by Jon himself), stayed in Swedish National Radio P4 rotation for four months. In 2011-2012 "You Need Me" rotated on the National radios of Ireland, France, Italy and Belgium. In the Summer of 2013 Jon had a song he wrote on the Swedish National Radio P4 playlist: "Sommarsang", recorded by the group Glimra featuring Annika Fehling (label: Rootsy).
Currently, Jon has a two song EP "Road Kill / Workin' Girl" (New Sky Records) out in Europe.
Strider Song Blurb Sentences
Jon Strider plays keyboards and acoustic guitar on all songs and the electric guitar solo on "Magnolia Tree".
1. "Midsummer's Day" (Strider) - Album: 'Fresh Tracks' (2010)
Midsummer's Eve and Midsummer's Day fall in the third week of June in Sweden. It's a Holiday almost as big as Christmas there. I had traveled far to spend those days with my girlfriend Elisabet in 2008. The day before Midsommar Day she went into a coma. Defininite motivation to write this song!
2. "The Bridge Of Redemption" (Strider/Garriock) - Album: 'Fresh Tracks' (2010)
I first came to Scandinavia in 2001. In my adopted hometown of Malmö, Sweden there's a two-tiered suspension bridge that connects that city with Copenhagen. VERY similar (except it's white) to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. I grew up in the Berkeley Hills and looked at the Golden Gate Bridge every day from our big windows. This song metaphorically tells the story of my immigration to Europe from the U.S. An immigrant's song. And yes, love brought me here.
3. "Daddy's Comin' Home" (Strider/Chrismar) - Album: 'Fresh Tracks' (2010)
This was written in L.A. around 1996. The co-writer and guitarist on this song is Steve Chrismar, from George Thorogood's band. He was aware that Rick Rubin was producing Johnny Cash, and we were both aware Johnny had been sick. Since Steve could hand-deliver the song to Rick we went into high gear and wrote this song for the project. Didn't make the album, but I always dedicate it to Johnny when I do it.
4. "Waitin' On Selma" (Strider/Bloom) - Album: '2000 Calling' (1999)
I produced an album for this great singer from Alabama, Jonathan Bloom. This song is about someone who revisits Selma, Alabama (where the civil rights movement started) in the 1990's, and nothing had really changed that much. To be fair to the South, a lot of things have changed for the better there in regards to race relations. It was just easier to write the song like it is. Black and white.
With Taras Prodaniuk (bass), Billy Watts (guitar), David Raven (drums).
5. "The Day They Killed Jo(h)n" (Strider) - Album: '2000 Calling' (1999)
Guess the three Jo(h)ns in this song. Pretty easy if you listen carefully for the first two. What about that third one?
With Taras Prodaniuk (bass), Edward Tree (guitar), David Raven (drums)
6. "Workin' Is For People That Don't Know How To Fish" (Strider/McGilpin) - Album: 'Fresh Tracks' (2010)
My co-writer and I were aware that the director of the Follow Your Heart national song contest, based in Nashville, loved fishing. We wrote, and entered this song, with this gentleman in mind. We won the Grand Prize. The other note is that I stopped fishing completely when I was 26. I hooked a trout in the eye-ball and I looked that poor fish in the other eye. That was it!