From the Ocean to the Desert
10 track release from Jewels and Johnny Nation when they were known by the band name '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 & Johnny 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 honky tonk 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 it's full sonic potential. The result? A complete and satisfying piece of work that clocks in just under 40 minutes, leaving you wanting more... 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'