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Jonathan Fleig is an award-nominated Americana singer/songwriter from Emporia, Kansas. Harkening the bittersweet essence of American folk raconteurs, his styling lures listeners from all walks of life, from blues and soul to rock and country. Produer Brian D. Hardin (Quincy Jones, India Arie, Ziggy Marley) couldn't agree more: "Jonathan is a passionate, emotional storyteller with a warm, genuine voice and the guitar virtuosity of the greats."
Jonathan brings organic and heartfelt storytelling front and center in his new album and documentary film, Road To Nowhere (to be released on March 15, 2014). The entire project was captured live, on location, in symbolic pastoral settings across the state of Kansas. Playing through wind, rain, damaged equipment and plenty of insects, Fleig battled the elements while also inviting them into his elemental opus. And producer Brian D. Hardin does a masterful job of turning that invitation into a textured, even ethereal homecoming.
Jonathan has played hundreds of gigs across 16 states, including renowned San Diego hotspots, Belly Up Tavern and House of Blues. He was invited to play the National Folk Alliance Conference in Kansas City, Missouri in Febraury 2014. Most recently, he received an invite as a featured artist at the forthcoming Block Street Block Party Music and Arts Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas in May 2014 and Washunga Days Music Festival in Council Grove, Kansas in June 2014.
Jonathan is at once a Dreamer, a Muse, a Doer, a Mourner and a Witness. The Dreamer set out in 2006 to record his first album, The Rebellion in Mid-America. It offered the first glimpse of a man who realized the value system within which he'd been raised was fractured. The Muse drove him cross-country to California on a pilgrimage of introspection. It was there, in 2010, he formed the band, Soup. Their album, The Great Awakening, proved to be the compelling musical stew of a searching soul: The 21st L.A. Music Awards nominated Jonathan for "Best Americana Artist" (Soup) and "Americana Song Of The Year" (Enemy).
Inspired by a taste of success, The Doer spent 56 days alone in a tent, purging his newfound self-awareness into a dramatic catalogue of songs that would become, Strange Caravan. His first full-length solo album since 2006 would dispense with pretention and showcase a man at peace with himself and his place in the strange caravan of life. "I believe that true and lasting revolution begins with the self," says Jonathan. "Less and less I feel the need to convince or persuade anybody to see the world as I see it. I share. You take what you want from that sharing."
When Jonathan returned home, Kansas welcomed that sharing with open arms. Strange Carvan quickly gained statewide acclaim and turned a few heads - most notably that of producer Brian D. Hardin. When Jonathan's father died of brain cancer in 2013, The Mourner and The Witness collaborated on the powerful songwriting that drives the new album and documentary film, Road To Nowhere. The Mourner laments the loss and regret that comes with losing a loved one. The Witness shines a light of hope, of forgivness - an awakening that being fulfilled by what you have supercedes the emptiness of wanting more. "Every day is an opportunity to start over," Jonathan adds. "Redemption is a daily undertaking."
Road To Nowhere finds Jonathan Fleig in his element, painting a sensory emotional experience on a canvass of music and film. The characters that inform who his is are the same ones that fictionalize all of us. They are the players of life. And they are not content with accepting that the road leads to nowhere. Rather, they marvel in the reality that the journey leads to the moment - to the fellowship of the Now Here.
Road To Nowhere invites the listener into a wildfire of mutual understanding. And Jonathan Fleig wholly captures the spark in the lyrics form his new song, Traveling :
You can barely see your feet on the road you are traveling
Wasting all your time looking for a sign that never comes
Asking how and why to every passerby you encounter
Only to find that no one's any lighter than you are
But you are living...