Steve Aliment & Annie O’Neill//Ian Jones
Fri, Oct 28 at 8pm
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Seattle singer/songwriters Steve Aliment and Annie O’Neill have teamed up with guitarist Bart Hyde, drummer Perry Morgan, and Mark Wuesthoff Pedal Steel Guitar to create their own dynamic brand of Americana, rock, and soul. They’ve been releasing a steady stream of songs, including Aliment’s LPs “150 Tears” (2020) and “Armadillo Tattoo” ( 2021). The band is also getting radio play from Seattle to Dublin, Ireland. Annie O’Neill’s EP “Wild Card” was released in 2020. You can also find O’Neill lending her vocal prowess on “Masterwish”, an album with Danny Newcomb & The Sugarmakers ( Hockeytalkter Records).
With smokin’ guitars, rock solid rhythms & dynamic harmonies this new band always delivers a compelling live show.
Steve Aliment - Vocals and bass
Annie O’Neill - Vocals and guitar
Bart Hyde - Guitar, harmonica and vocals
Perry Morgan- Drums/percussion
Mark Wuesthoff- Pedal Steel Guitar
Ian Jones’ new six-song EP Evergreens, out now, is a seamless collection previewing a forthcoming as-yet-untitled full-length. Spin the title-track lead single to hear a rapidly rising songwriter exponentially evolving. “‘Evergreens’ was written in a garage in Southern California after I had moved from Seattle to chase my music dream,” Jones says. “It all came to a head one day when I just really missed my friends. I had been messing around with the DADGAD guitar tuning and this song came out. ‘Evergreens’ is for those who have had the guts to leave their hometown and explore the world. We all miss friends and the comfort of our surroundings.”
The poignant single has only doubled down on power and punch as we see light possibly slicing through the COVID-19 pandemic darkness. “We worked tirelessly on my last record,” Jones says. “We had the album ready for release, booked subsequent tours and support and were immediately shut down like everyone else due to the COVID pandemic. Of course, that doesn’t mean the rest of the world stopped just because the touring stopped. So, we had to find a way to continue making records so we could complete the follow-up album in a relatively timely manner. Luckily, we had done a good, long session in January before the shutdown and we had started tracking demos in Seattle and sending them to our producer Jesse Siebenberg in Ojai. We have decided to release this EP as a representation of the full-length as we wait out the uncertainties as far as the rate the world will open up again.”
The result produced a timely song-cycle fortified by timeless tunes such as “Liars, Criminals, Beggars and Thieves.” “This song is straight up about politics and politicians,” Jones says. “Not one side or another — across the board. I know a few people who have gone into politics, and it changed them. I’m sure there are a few honest ones, but they sure seem to hide. This song came into existence a while ago and every time I would hear something about politics or politicians screwing someone —or everyone, for that matter — I would sit down and jot down a line or two. I knew I had to finish it by the time we were halfway through 2019 and headed for the election with the fighting between both sides being so bad.”
Jones writes poetic personal narratives with an artist’s flair. “I met a girl in Montana, and we became social media friends.” Jones says, describing the inspiration behind ‘Born Again Sinner.’ “She had been posting about her religious beliefs and her bad luck, among other things. One day she was lamenting about something and said she thought that she was just a ‘born again sinner.’ That stuck with me.” Fittingly, “Hallelujah” took shape during the holidays. “I wrote ‘Hallelujah’ on Christmas Eve 2018 after a year of loss and brutality. I was reflecting on how fortunate I was to be able to be in my kitchen cooking when so many had either passed on or were in a less desirable situation. This is a song of hope and a nod to those we have lost.”
“Ian is a rare Washington state artist and author whose songs and sound will always hold up,” says producer Jesse Siebenberg (Supertramp, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real). “That’s the kind of music I put on at home. It’s a pleasure working with Ian and watching how naturally songs come to him. He truly is one of the hardest-working musicians I’ve ever met. His soulfulness as a reliable friend beam from his craft. I’m lucky to take part in attaining his vision in the studio.”
Ian’s upcoming full-length album, Results Not Typical (2023), showcases colorful narratives with crystal clarity. As with the Evergreens EP, the musician continues his journey and gift for relatable, melodic songcraft.