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Farewell To Colorado | John Hiatt

Big news, I've decided to leave Colorado.

In the 7 months since the release of "oh oh", my music career has grown exponentially. Between concerts, film/tv and album sales, I'm now able to shift my focus entirely to touring and recording full time. Over the coming winter I'll start working a new album to be released on sonaBLAST records sometime next year, and am moving to Louisville Kentucky to work and tour out of sonaBLAST's HQ.

I've truly loved the time I spent in Colorado and feel so fortunate to have gotten to make music and learn from so many wonderful, creative people. I want to express my deepest thanks to everyone who has supported me, whether by coming to a show, donating to my kickstarter, taking some lessons or just sharing some insightful conversation.

Thank You.

I will be back for many colorado shows in the future, but there are two big chances to see me play before I leave at the end of October:

Thursday August 30th I have the very large honor of opening for the legend, John Hiatt at Chautauqua auditorium in Boulder.

Saturday October 13th I'll be having my official farewell show at the Hi-Dive in Denver. Click HERE for ticket information.

I hope you can join me for my sendoff show October 13th so I can thank you in person. Stay in touch, KJ.

Another Step. Big Step.

On our way.


The record is nearing completion and it sounds more incredible than I could have hoped. You came forward to help me realize this creative dream, thank you.  


We have big plans for this year and the release of the album will be unfolding as it rolls along, so stay tuned to my site for all the latest news.  


Also...I turned 26 today! Come and help celebrate with me this month:


Performing My Music:

March 19th @ The Walnut Room w/Ari Hest ~ Denver, CO

March 31st @ The Meadowlark w/Chris Mc Garry ~ Denver, CO


Performing Friends Music:

March 17th @ The Sandbar w/Drunken Hearts ~ Vail, CO

March 18th @ Scruffy Murphy's w/Chris Webb ~ Denver, CO

March 25th @ Sullivan's w/Rob Drabkin ~ Denver, CO


Kickstarters, keep an eye on your inbox ;)




PS ~ The team on the album are a busy lot, check in on their projects here:

Jayme Stone
Aaron Youngberg
Ayo Awosika
Ben Sollee
Grant Gordy
Ian Hutchison
Timur Yusef
David Glasser

What a Week.

So, the last week resulted in a 4 day 50 hour insane creativity frenzy...o man I'm tired.

The tracks are sounding AMAZING, I'm so thrilled with the way everything has turned out sofar. Everyone in the band really came together and made the songs come alive, I can't wait to share them with you all. Check out the "Look" section for lots of great pics from the sessions.

pretty exciting!

Thanks again for all of your support, and if you know anyone who would like to contribute to the ongoing effort, please have them contact me at

And for those of you in the Denver area, come check out a few new shows @ the Walnut room this month!

more soon,


PS ~ Check out this live performance on Radio 1190 from last friday!

We Made It!


We did it!!!

Thanks so much everyone, what an amazing show of hands for this project!

I was listening to NPR yesterday interview Sting, and someone called in and asked him,

"what will artists do now the that music industry is dead?"

and Sting replied,

"I don't think its dead, its just changing and the new model hasn't been defined yet."

Friends, I really believe that what we've done this month WILL be the new model for the music industry. Its albums on demand, the netflix of real, homegrown, honest music. If you want it to happen, you show up and support, and are able to have an intimate view of the entire creative process. No more big desk big buildings deciding what we listen to and putting it in walmart (well...that'll be around for a little while yet). But now, with services like kickstarter and others like them, we the people can help determine what music gets released.

I, for one, think its neat.

I'm also very, very grateful to you all, from the hollow of my heart, thank you.

So! For those of you who donated, keep checking your emails, I'll be keeping you updated throughout the recording process via the kickstarter site with videos, pictures, and maybe even some rough tracks!

But! These updates will only be available to people who have contributed, and as i've mentioned all along, we'll be nearing $10,000 to see this project to its release, so if you'd like to pre-order the album, or make a contribution of any kind, you have until this Saturday May 1st to get the early bird special.

talk soon,


Episode 4: Help!

It takes a village...

As you may or may not know, recording an album is a huge financial endeavor! And with the record labels going the way of the dodo, it's a tricky time to find a solution.

"Record in your basement!"

You might say, but the truth is, in today's incredible, competitive music landscape, a new artist simply cannot afford to release a recording that's less than professional. EVERYONE has an album now, and audiences are inundated with material. So much so that if they hear something that isn't up to par, they will likely pass on it for good.

So the quandary becomes, how does a burgeoning independent artist find the capital to pay the steep fees associated with recording an album? Which include:

Studio Fees
Musician's Fees

The answer is, it takes a village. For the first time in history, we the people have an opportunity to take a hands on approach with the the music we believe in, from the bottom up. This record will end up costing well over $10,000 to complete.

With that in mind, I'm asking that you make a donation to help make my dream a reality! This money will go directly to the studio/musician fees I will incur this May, and will allow me to progress in this most important step of the album making process!

Rest assured all the money you donate will be used exclusively for the recording of this album, and I will be happy to provide you with a detailed expense report at your request.

Thank you in advance! And please forward this, and my website to any friends, family members, co-workers, etc you think may like to be involved!


Now...this week's episode:

Ben Sollee ~ The Cello

I've never actually met ben face to face...not yet. But he's been a frequent companion for me over the last year or so, from his amazing solo work to the inspiring Sparrow Quartet album, Ben has quickly taken the seat as my favorite little cello rocker. I couldn't be more thrilled to have him on the record.


For a stalwart young artist who creates different means to an end, Ben Sollee has enjoyed a whirlwind year replete with remarkable success and warm, exciting music to match.

Sollee hails from Kentucky, yet sounds nothing like the colloquial music one traditionally associates with the state (or anywhere else for that matter). He eschews traditional singer-songwriter and folk boundaries, choosing a cello rather than a guitar as his divining rod, and utilizing unique plucking and percussive bow techniques juxtaposed against his blue-eyed soul meets Antony Hegarty vocal leanings. Ben enjoys collaborating with musicians as disparate as Otis Taylor and Bela Fleck, touring with indie rock royalty, and covering Sam Cooke as an homage to blues. When he ventures out of Louisville, sometimes he'll just strap this cello to his back and ride his bike rather than enjoy the comforts of a van or bus, as he did on his southern trek in the summer of 2009 -- playing intimate shows in every town he hits between his larger headlining performances. Yes, Ben's always done things a bit differently.

Perhaps that's one reason why his 2008 debut album, Learning to Bend, received such lauding from hardened critical ears. No Depression put the album on their top five of 2008, Paste listed him on The Best of What's Next, NPR raved and invited him to play a World Cafe set, and music blogs provided (and continue to provide) Sollee a steady torrent of praise and journalistic intrigue. His inviting and impressive debut, saturated with sweeping moods and a visceral maturity way beyond his 25 years, also landed him prominent spots on the festival circuit, including Austin City Limits and Bonnaroo, as well as a riveting set on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Not interested in slowing down, Sollee spends his spare time championing issues close to his heart, such as ending mountaintop removal through his volunteer work, playing benefit concerts for Kentuckians For the Commonwealth and Oxfam, as well as assembling the aforementioned bike tours to encourage greener living. Ben wears his conscience on his sleeve without proselytizing or taking away from what matters most, his imaginative music.

The next year looks to be just as exciting as the previous. Ben will release a collaboration with Daniel Martin Moore, also of Kentucky, on Sub Pop due out February 2010 called Dear Companion. The album was produced by My Morning Jacket's Jim James, making the whole project a family affair. Though the project promises to be one of the most prolific for both Ben and Daniel, they are donating their artist proceeds to environmental advocacy group Appalachian Voices.

Yes, Ben truly traces his own trajectory. And perhaps that's what will keep him both an engaging artist and person for years to come.