Army Jacket Winter
Jon Shain's latest CD, 'Army Jacket Winter', is his fifth solo album on Flyin' Records. It was recorded this past year in Chapel Hill, NC at Fenario Sound Recording, Shain co-producing with indie wiz-kids Jackson Hall and Scottsburg Jonze. Shain was joined in the studio by his band, the Jon Shain Trio, consisting of FJ Ventre on upright bass, John Currie on dobro and steel guitar effects, and Bill Newton on harmonicas. Guests on the album include drummer Zeke Hutchins of Tift Merritt's band and jazz trumpeter Stephen Franckevich. The album starts with an inspired cover of Tom Petty's 'Time to Move On', and then moves on - through thirteen new Jon Shain originals, covering a spectrum of roots influences. 12-string guitars interweave with 6-strings on several songs. Percussion loops are tastefully mixed into Appalachian style melodies. Slide guitar rings from a '50s Silvertone acoustic alongside grand piano backing. From the Parisian cafe sound of the accordion and classical guitar of 'In Real Time' to the yin/yang of the harmonica and muted trumpet of Katrina-influenced 'To Rise Again', it is clear that Shain has stretched his musical envelope on this album.