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– God Bless You and Your Man
In an episode of the Fox TV drama Bones last year, a character made a mix of “the six greatest break-up songs” and gave it to a heart-broken colleague. The mix featured songs from alternative-pop stars such as Sia, Mazzy Star, José González, Antony and the Johnsons…and a lone unsigned artist by the name of Aaron English.
The song mentioned was “Lullaby of Loneliness.” It is a track from Aaron English’ 2002 release “All the Waters of This World.” I played several tracks from that album, as well as from “The Marriage of the Sun and the Moon” (2007), when I first introduced Audio Gumshoe listeners to Aaron English in July 2007.
Since the time I last spoke with Aaron, his third national tour ended abruptly in a catastrophic accident on a Midwestern highway. His restaurant-grease-fueled tour bus and most of his musical equipment were destroyed, and English’s touring career was temporarily grounded.
All was not lost, however. His fans came to his aid to help finance the recording of Aaron’s third album “american [fever] dream.” According to his web site:
Produced by Geoff Stanfield (Sun Kil Moon, Black Lab) in a 150-year-old warehouse in Seattle during a record-breaking heat wave, the album is a document of English’s phoenix-like journey back from tragedy…and a testament to the resiliency of the creative spirit.
Creative spirit, indeed. Aaron’s music has been so inspiring that it earned mention not only on the TV drama Bones, it has had film and television placements on MTV, VH1, Google, the Rush HDTV series Nomads, and on Thrillbillies. Aaron has earned finalist slots in the Soul City Cafe’ New Music Quest and the Coca-Cola New Music Award. He has been named a Keyboard Magazine Unsigned Artist of the Month, as well. His albums have been named as album of the year by both JustPlainFolks.org and RyansSmashingLife.com (a Boston Music Blog).
Aaron English has conducted three U.S. tours and has shared the stage with artists such as Buckwheat Zydeco, Dropkick Murphys, Kan’nal and many more. And, not to end his successes in just the United States, Aaron’s music has been licensed to Emstream and is playing on modern adult contemporary stations nationwide in Australia.
I had the pleasure to interview Aaron English once again for this episode of Audio Gumshoe. Please enjoy learning more about this fine artist and please enjoy the music from his latest album “american [fever] dream.” I encourage you to pick up a copy of the album for yourself.
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