Captured and Released
"OUTDOOR BOOGIE" features a little bit of country, a little bit of blues, and a whole lot of rock & roll. Let this collection of songs take you on a trip to the misty shores of magical Mendocino, the neon lit streets of Nashville, the dusty canyons of Southern California and the snaking trans-peninsular highway to the tip of Baja Sur, Mexico.
Good stuff takes time and this album was recorded in Topanga Canyon over a 2 year period during which J&J were continually refining the material and shaping the arrangements in their live shows. "OUTDOOR BOOGIE" was produced with Fulton Dingley, whose fine tuned ear was developed working with legendary producer Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper) and ground breaking multi-platinum British band Kula Shaker, one of Johnny's all time favorite bands.
Rock and roll people need to express themselves in various ways - writing songs, touring and playing live for the people - but nothing is more important than capturing the magic in the recording studio and creating something to be enjoyed forever. Jewels and Johnny present this collection of beautifully captured unique performances with their trademark humor and honesty.
Having a variety of influences and understanding what has come before is key to creating exciting new music - J & J channel the sound of Sun Records and Sam Phillips on "Winter Rose" and "Highway 27", get inspired by the psychedelic 60s and 70s with "Harrison Hit The Haight" and the make-you-shake-your-booty title track "Outdoor Boogie" and bring you right up to date with the timeless, radio friendly country rock of "Another Honky Tonk Song" and the moving ballads "Dan The Man" and the deeply personal "Skye". They had the opportunity to make a beautifully shot music video for "Skye" while touring in Baja. Check it out on their website and YouTube channel.
Guest musicians Devitt Feeley (mandolin), Doug Alani (flute) and John Bird (keyboards) take the musicianship to whole whole new level. Magical, mystical drummer Robert Dill keeps it all together as he juggles drumsticks and .....juggling.
Jewels and Johnny combine these influences and collaborations and create something totally new and fresh with "OUTDOOR BOOGIE" - a record that has something to add to the ongoing rock & roll conversation. "OUTDOOR BOOGIE" presents 2 interesting voices and personalities, 2 individuals with stories to tell, feelings to share, and musical talent to burn. So kick off your shoes and boogie down with Jewels and Johnny Nation and "OUTDOOR BOOGIE"
5 compelling tracks recorded with producer Jim Watts (Emmylou Harris, String Cheese Incident, Gram Rabbit) exploring an edgier, rock & roll flavor. "Big City Breakdown" is a trip into the city at night.....and the trip back home again.
"Going into the studio this time, we had a lot of songs to choose from, but not a lot of time to record so we decided on an EP for this release." says Jewels. "We really wanted to craft these tracks and layer in a lot of guitar parts so we went for quality instead of quantity.I think it leaves you wanting more" continues Johnny. When producer Jim Watts came on board, the direction of the EP became clear very quickly - Watts was drawn to the more guitar driven, classic rock influenced material. Setting the twang aside for this one, J&J with Watt's production were able to hone in on a grittier, more bluesy tone. The name of the record came in an instant when they realized the common theme to these 5 songs - a release of familiar patterns, a return to Johnny's rock & roll roots, and an escape from the stress of city life. "Eventually, things have to break down to be built back up again, that's what these songs are about." says Jewels. Johnny Nation is able to flex his considerable guitar muscle on "Road Weary Troubadour" and "Eyes Wide Open" as well as revealing a bouncy, pop jangle on "Look Like Now". Christopher Hawley adds haunting and powerful slide guitar work on "Change My Fate" and "Build Me A Treehouse" and, as always, Jewels' warm vocals and harmonica add heart and soul to the mix. David White and Stefano Ashbridge have evolved into a solid, rhythm section, keeping things moving with tight, driving beats.
10 track CD release from City Fritter recorded with producer Eric Corne (Lucinda Williams, Michelle Shocked, Glenn Campbell) at Dusty Wakeman's legendary Mad Dog Studios, headquarters of LA's modern Americana sound. Rootsy, fresh, and real "FROM THE OCEAN TO THE DESERT" is a postcard from life. The songs were written by Jewels and Johnny Nation in Topanga Canyon and Joshua Tree, California, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, in Baja, Mexico and on the travels in between those magical places. These songs take you on a musical road trip through states on the map and states of mind. This disc includes the upbeat and ridiculously catchy "DON'T YOU KNOW" featured in the 20th Century Fox feature film "FLICKA" starring Tim McGraw as well as the tender ballad "NOT YOUR GIRLFRIEND ANYMORE" and the hilarious instant classic "TAWDRY MOTEL". Johnny's Nation's warm acoustic and twangy electric guitars interplay with Chris (THE SPECIALIST) Lawrence's shimmering pedal steel and jangly 12 string. Fabien Jolivet's encyclopedic knowledge of drum styles - dirty Bakersfield shuffles to jazz inflected fills - lay the foundation for these songs to take flight. Jewels and Johnny's organic harmonies float over carefully layered instrumentation mixed perfectly by Eric Corne so that each song realizes its full sonic potential. The result? A complete, cohesive work clocking in just under 40 minutes. Listeners will want to let it spin again and rediscover the joy of this ride over and over. Entertaining and engaging from beginning to end, take the trip "FROM THE OCEAN TO THE DESERT"
7 track all acoustic duo EP featuring Jewels & Johnny all by themselves. Includes an alternate acoustic duo version of "Travelin' Moon" - a favorite of our live shows. Also includes the sweet and soulful "Please Don't Let Me Get Lost" and the moving and funny "Yard Sale" as well as our love song to the avocado, "Fruit Sandwich". A few hand picked covers round out this airy, bright and fresh CD.
The very first release from Jewels and Johnny Nation back when they were called "City Fritter" Recorded with Johnny Indovina of HUMAN DRAMA at Bayberry West Studios in Malibu. It features Tim Kelly on violin, Alejandra Cuesta on drums, David White on mandolin and bass and of course, Jewels on vocals and harmonica and Johnny Nation on vocals and guitars.
This EP shows the early stages of the Jewels & Johnny's sound. It Includes the classic drinking song "$91" and our ode to LA's magical, musical "Laurel Canyon" Also includes early songs we don't play live very often; the trippy "Ride My Satellite", dreamy "Dusky Skies" and Jewels' rockin' love song to Johnny's ink, "Faded Tattoo"
Originally released in 2004, hard copies are now collectors items going for big bucks on Ebay. Downloads available here, e-mail us for lyrics and jpegs of the original CD artwork and photos.