April 30th, 2022 7pm Stage 1
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Ian Janes’ latest album Episode 5 is a genuinely timeless listening experience — a collection of pop songs that have been deeply influenced by soul, R&B and jazz; but both the production and songs transcend genre and era. There are both programmed beats and live drums, vintage analog keys alongside modern digital synths, jazz-inspired horn soloists, layered guitars, and beautiful, expressive background vocals...all of them driven by Janes’ rich, compelling voice.
Ian traveled to Austin, TX to work with drummer Brannen Temple Jr. (Gary Clark Jr., Chaka Khan) and bassist Nicholas D’Amato (Lizz Wright), as well as spending the day in Nashville, TN recording more drums with Nick Buda (Taylor Swift, Dolly Parton). The album was produced by Ian, primarily at his home studio, where he collaborated with a long list of talented people including keyboardist Glenn Patscha (Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow), trumpeter Brad Mason (John Mayer, Alicia Keys) and singers Zamani and Owen ‘O’Sound’ Lee (Drake, Jordin Sparks).
Janes 2017 record ‘Yes Man’, was nominated for four 2017 Music Nova Scotia awards, a 2018 East Coast Music Award and given 4 out of 5 stars by Rolling Stone France. In 2017 his song “Can't Remember Never Loving You” (Hill/Janes) was prominently featured in the TV show “Nashville” and in 2019 he co-wrote and recorded music for the acclaimed HBO documentary series “The Case Against Adnan Syed”. In 2020 Ian’s song “I Do Thing” (Aielli/Frey/Janes) was released by emerging country artist Kylie Frey, and went to #1 on the Texas Regional Radio chart.
"Any change in environment causes a shift in perspective, an imaginative spark. For Ian Janes, all the places, experiences, reflections of the past several years have culminated in a tapestry of tales on his fifth album Episode 5.”
“Authentically divine...Episode 5 is undeniably his best work yet...Ian Janes knows how to write songs that sound like classics, and he keeps getting better.”
-Rolling Stone France
“..absolutely stunning...the great unexpected blue-eyed soul album of the year...it would be a mistake to deprive yourself of it”
“One of the best songwriters from the east coast, like, ever.”
-Bob Mersereau’s Top 100 Canadian Singles