Jon McKiel Live at Sun Studios

Jon McKiel recently traveled from his hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia to Memphis, Tennessee, to record a live acoustic session at  the legedenary Sun Studios. The session is part of a new series put together by Jeff Davidson to showcase up and coming artists. 

During the session, Jon performed several tracks of his recent release, “The Nature of Things,” and played new songs which will undoubtedly appear on future efforts. The result is a brilliant performace that showcases the power of Jon’s songwriting in an intimate setting that has produced records by Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and U2.

Check out Jon playing “Never Forget” in the embeded clip and see why people are starting to pay attention.

In addition, Jon record continues to climb up the CBC radio charts, landing in the Top 30 for the past month, and #11 this week.

Jon and the band will tour across Canada in June. The tour will include stops at NXNE and Sled Island, where the band will be performing along with Of Montreal, Foals, and Portastatic. Here are the dates:

Jun 20 2008-8:00P-The Cambie (Nanimo, British Columbia)

Jun 21 2008-9:00P-the loft (Kamloops, British Columbia)

Jun 25 2008-8:00P-Railway Club (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Jun 28 2008-8:00P-Sled Island (Calgary, Alberta)

Jul 1 2008-8:00P-Ottomon Lounge (Medicine hat, Alberta)

Jul 4 2008-8:00P-Lydia’s (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)

Jul 10 2008-9:00P-Rancho Relaxo (Toronto)

You can check view additional features on Jon here:

Thanks To The Following Who Are Supporting Jon McKiel
Jon McKiel has been receiving great support from some of the writers out there. Thanks to the following:

Blogcritics– “Jon McKiel’s dark alt-rock may have something of the shoegazer to it, but I found it just the thing for driving around the city streets in an angry funk, with its moody sounds and aware lyrics.”

eMusic-“11 tracks, 36 minutes, one solid indie rock record. Those are the results of nearly two years of hard word from Jon McKiel and his bandmates. One need only hear the first track, “War On You,” to figure out why. It’s a simple, upbeat song not unlike a classic from Pedro the Lion that sounds worn-in, as though the band has been playing it for decades.”

Synthesis-“The best word to describe Jon McKiel’s The Nature of Things is tasteful. The second go-round from the Canadian singer/songwriter makes the most of crystal-clear production and thoughtful arrangements to showcase McKiel’s highly refined garage-folk.”

Berkeley Place-“His music is on the dark side of shoegazer, featuring moody hooks and introspective themes. It’s reasonably accessible, but doesn’t bend over too far to grab your ears: There’s catchy stuff here, but most of it will make you concentrate a little too hard for me to call it indie pop. But I’d definitely call it indie. And I’d definitely call it worth a listen, too.”

Earvolution-“This guy is a “real deal” singer songwriter who will be among the next wave of great Canadian imports to charm the US music community.”

Hero Hill-“If you can find a more accessible, enjoyable record please let me know, because The Nature of Things has the potential to be on the shelves at any of the record stores still left in business, as well as finding a home on every blog out there.”

Circles of Concrete-“McKiel reminds me a lot artists like The Stills and Andrew Bird with his intriguing lyrics and suck-you-in melodies.”

Don Relyea-“”The Nature of Things” by Canadian singer/songwriter Jon McKiel and his band is a great indie pop find. Their label emailed me a couple weeks ago to check it out and I did. It is great! The whole record good solid indie pop.”

BBQChickenRobot-“The Nature Of Things and McKiel’s sound reminds me of the seeming subtleties of the Silent Years and The Slip with al the right amounts of pop in it to make for great sing-a-long music.”

largehearted boy-Interesting CD releases of the week.

Atoms 4 Peace-Manic Monday Mix of “War on You.”

extrawack!-February “Baker’s Dozen” download of “War on You.”

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