Jonny Fritz

Jonny Fritz – Sweet Creep (album review)

by Woody on October 17, 2016

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In anticipation of Jonny Fritz’s new album, Sweet Creep, Fritz just had what could be the quote of the year in this article on Rolling Stone.

“Recording outside was Jim’s idea. He’s fucking nuts,” laughs Fritz, who doesn’t put much stock in high-end studios. “My list of how to record music is the songs are Number One. I don’t care if you have just an iPhone. If you’ve got good songs, I’d rather hear that than some goddamn Americana oil-money-funded record cut in [Nashville’s historic] Studio B.”

The Jim he references is Jim James; he of MMJ fame. Along withe Goldsmith brothers and fiddler extraordinaire, Josh Hedley, they’ve just cobbled together Jonny’s best album to date. Fritz has always walked the edge between tunes about the quirky every day events and heartbreaking tunes that touch your soul.

Sweet Creep is no different. Happy In Hindsight and Cries After Making Love are the tunes that will tug on your heartstrings, especially the latter. Fritz celebrates the road on the excellent I Love Leaving. Fritz’s excellent and unique voice and the excellent fiddle of Josh Hedley allows him to bounce all over the place without ever missing a beat. Chilidog Morning and Chihuahua Rescue are excellent looks at what good be construed as silly subjects.

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Jonny Fritz announces Sweet Creep out 10/14

by Woody on August 10, 2016

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I made my maiden voyage to the Newport Folk Fest this July. Jonny Fritz wasn’t on the schedule so I had no plans to see him there. Apparently he had other ideas because he seemed to be popping up all over the place. Now, he’s set to release his follow up to 2013’s Dad Country. Sweet Creep was produced by Jim James and will be released by the fine folks at ATO on 10/14. Here’s some info from the PR machine.

Sweet Creep includes the lyricism of prior release Dad Country with an added air of hopefulness. Recorded in James’ makeshift hilltop studio in Montecito Heights, Sweet Creep reverberates with the feeling of sunny vistas. From album opener “Are You Thirsty” to the summer-crushy “Humidifier”, Sweet Creep is a freshly-signed lease on life. Jonny throws himself into the new album by stripping things down to the essentials. He gathered Nashville’s Joshua Hedley and Dawes’ Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith and recorded the whole album in three days. The fresh air, freedom from studio pressures, and strong cups of tea all mix into the music, with ATVs briefly heard in the background and two senior tortoises listening at Hedley’s feet as he fiddles away.

Born in Montana and raised in Esmont, Virginia Jonny has passed weeks in nearly every city in the United States, and plenty others overseas, cramming ten lives into one. Despite the vitalism and exploits he’s gained a name for, most of his music comes from the smaller moments. He takes a little piece of life, unnoticed by most, then steeps it in song until it’s ready for vinyl. In contrast to the heartsick Dad Country, the songs of Sweet Creep are, if not always brimming, at least fully accepting of his fortunes.

Jonny is a torchbearer in that celebrated country music tradition of giant-sized personalities overflowing into song. John Hartford, Roger Miller, Billy Joe Shaver – fans look to these country musicians for more than just music. They look for life, for outrageous legend, for a showmanship on and off stage that Jonny Fritz will never fail to deliver. He might not have shot anybody, or spent any considerable time in prison, but on Sweet Creep, he reminds himself and his fans, that sometimes great lives can also be pretty good ones.

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Jonny Fritz – Dad Country [album review]

by Woody on April 16, 2013

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Jonny Fritz used to go by the moniker of Jonny Corndawg until this past Newport Folk Fest when he decided to drop the Corndawg and go by his given name of Fritz. That sort of coincided with the time when I had some emusic credits burning a hole in my pocket and downloaded his previous effort, Down on the Bikini Line. Up until that time, I had kind of thought Corndawg’s music was a novelty act. Alot of sizzle without any steak. As I dug into Bikini Line, I noticed that while that his music was laced with humor, Fritz was true to his love of country music as he explored the daily grind of life in small town USA.

Dad Country finds Fritz surrounding himself with a top-notch band including Spencer Cullum Jr, formerly of Deadstring Bros. The album was recorded out in LA, in of all places – Jackson Browne’s studio. While he was hobknobbing with music royalty, Fritz remains true to his keeping his music about the day to day. All We Do is a classic twang tear-in-your-beer tune about the inevitable end of the relationship. Cullom Jr. takes this tune over with his pedal steel.

There is also a couple of great tracks about the glamorous life of touring in a fan. Fever Dreams, a great song about being sick on the road and the helplessness you feel. There is some great pedal and fiddle on this track. Goodbye Summer details the interminable nature that a tour can take on.

It might have taken me some time to get on board the Jonny Fritz train but I am glad to be aboard now. Their live show is killer with Cullom Jr. and Josh Hedley, on fiddle, trading solos back and forth, it is worth ponying up for if you enjoy some real twang laced with humor. Special props for him for playing at a middle school in Montana – video below.

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Jonny Fritz – Goodbye Summer [mp3]

by Woody on March 28, 2013

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We are pleased to present the debut single from Jonny Fritz’s debut with ATO Records, Dad Country. It took me awhile to warm up to Jonny but I became enamored with Down on the Bikini Line last year and haven’t looked back.

Goodbye Summer was recorded in LA at Jackson Browne’s studio and features all the members of Dawes. It’s about life on the road with Jonny and the band, mainly the unglamorous moments like “can we swing by the CVS, I left my contact solution at home” and a would-be older “lover with a wedding ring.”

Dad Country is out on 4/16. I caught a set by Jonny and his phenomenal band down in Austin and you should all be getting excited for this release.

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