"This is a strong album. 'The Beautiful Princess of Never Come True' is a total sledge hammer to the heart!" - Peter Finch, The Finch Files (formerly of KFOG San Francisco)
John Lester’s new album, Fathers and Sons, is a collection of his most personal and powerful work yet. Inspired by the often unspoken family relationships between men, each song messages the love, pain, tension, struggle, and questions that arise and confound these ties and bonds. From the full acceptance and embrace of a young boy’s gender fluidity in “The Beautiful Princess of Never Come True”, to the merciful attempts at reconciliation with an estranged father during his final days in “The High Road”, to the feeling of forever growing family love in “Real, Real Love”, John’s life experience as a father, husband, son, teacher, and songwriter is felt throughout each song.
John has collaborated with incredibly talented musicians from around the globe and from many phases of his career for this recording. With John on vocals, acoustic basses, guitars, and ukulele, the core band is rounded out by his long-time European touring partner Paul Tiernan on acoustic guitars and background vocals, and New York drummer Tim Bulkley. Grammy-nominated songwriter Gretchen Peters (background vocals) and Nashville pianist Barry Walsh guest on the opening track while other contributors include Bay Area drummer Michael Urbano, Baxter Roberston on Hammond organ, six string bassist Steve Lawson, and Grammy award-winning fretless bassist Michael Manring. John’s two sons, ages eleven and nine, also make a guest appearances on vocals.
Fathers and Sons was recorded in the San Francisco Bay Area at 25th Street Recording by Grammy award-winning engineer Michael Rosen (Rob Wasserman, Santana, Country Joe McDonald, Green Day) and mastered by Randy Merril at New York’s Sterling Sound (John Mayer, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon). Randy won this years mastering Grammy for his work on Adele's 25.
John has released six albums to date: “Live at the Freight and Salvage” in 2001, “Big Dreams and the Bottom Line” in 2003, “So Many Reasons” in 2007, "Jazz?" in 2012, "Live ~ with Paul Tiernan" in 2015., and now “Fathers and Sons” in 2017.
Back in San Francisco after over a decade living in Europe and two years in New York City, John has carved a niche touring circuit throughout the US, the UK, Germany, France, Switzerland, and The Netherlands. As a solo performer, he has created a unique show featuring his 100-year-old upright bass named Sarah (after Sarah Vaughan, for her lovely vocal-like quality). He also plays acoustic and electric bass guitars, as well as baritone steel string guitar, nylon string guitar, and ukulele, at times utilizing a loop recorder to create live tracks for his songs and improvisations. See the Shows page for upcoming tour dates.
John is now booking live shows in support of his new album Fathers and Sons.
FRiday, oct 18 ~ triple-bill w/Liz anah & wykobe enz ~ The Wine Room, moss beach
A local show at the quant little Moss Beach venue “The Wine Room”. Show starts at 7pm with a set by Liz Anah (I’ll be sitting in with her too), followed by my favorite Coastside band Wykobe Enz, then I’ll play a full set of my own songs with Daniel Berkman accompanying me on electronic percussion and cello. $10 suggested donation.
The Wine Room, 2305 Carlos St, Moss Beach, CA 94038
Fall 2019 European double bill tour with Paul Tiernan - November 6th thru 18th
Paul Tiernan and I will bring our acoustic duo back The Netherlands, Germany, and Switzerland this November. Stay tuned for more specifics as the tour gets closer.
WEDNESDAY NOV 6 - PRIVATE HOUSE CONCERT - BOCHUM, GERMANY
THURSDAY NOV 7 - PRIMA VISTA - BADEN, SWITZERLAND
FRIDAY NOV 8 - SCHLOSSKELLER - GRUNINGEN, SWITZERLAND
SATURDAY NOV 9 HOUSE CONCERT - SWITZERLAND
SUNDAY NOV 10 - THE PHOENIX, LAUFFEN, GERNAMY
TUESDAY NOV 12 - HOUSE CONCERT - AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
WEDNESDAY NOV 13 - HOUSE CONCERT - MONNIKENDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
THURSDAY NOV 14 - KANAPEE - HANNOVER, GERMANY
FRIDAY NOV 15 - KULTURCONSUM - ORANIENBERG, BERLIN, GERMANY
SATURDAY NOV 16 - HOUSE CONCERT - LIEBENWALDE, GERMANY
SUNDAY NOV 17 - ALTENBAHNOFF HALLE - FRIEDENAU, BERLIN, GERMANY
MONDAY NOV 18 - HOUSE CONCERT - DORTMUND, GERMANY
saturday, JULY 18, 2020 ~ BASSO TRIO at jupiter, berkeley, Ca - 8pm to 11pm
This is a very special show! On July 18, 2000 (almost twenty years ago), I was playing Jupiter with my jazz trio “Basso Trio” and met a young woman there. We spoke and decided to meet again for a dinner date (at Jupiter the next week). That woman is my wife Lisa. Jupiter has always been a special place for us. I vividly remember her walking down the stairs as i played and going over to speak with her. The rest, is our history. This evening (July 18, 2020) we celebrate the 20th anniversary of our meeting. As with all Jupiter gigs, it’s casual, no cover charge, people chatting, mingling, enjoy the lovely beer garden. Come join us!
Jupiter - 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
For booking info please contact me at email@example.com
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