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Ian McFeron, whose lyrical prose has been compared to Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams and David Gray, weaves together a variety of roots-Americana traditions to create his own unique form of roots-oriented American music.
McFeron got his start in the Seattle music scene after his self-produced debut album “Don’t Look Back” (2003) was discovered by “103.7 fm The Mountain” (AAA-formatted KMTT, Seattle, WA). A recent college graduate and virtually unknown local artist at the time, McFeron’s poetic lyrics and tightly composed songs inspired the media giant to put the album’s lead off single “Love Me Twice” into rotation. Listeners responded strongly, and within months, McFeron would share the spotlight with international and national artists such as Patty Griffin, Nanci Griffith, Shawn Mullins, Brandi Carlile, Mike Doughty, Sister Hazel, Amos Lee, Hayes Carll, and Missy Higgins.
His early successes in Seattle launched McFeron headlong into a full-time recording and touring career. Continuing to operate as a fully independent artist and self-functioning record label, he would go on to release five more albums in rapid succession, delving into a variety of musical traditions such as blues, folk, pop, gospel, alt-country, and jazz. Currently, McFeron is on tour in support of his sixth album Summer Nights, recorded in Nashville, TN with a cast of musicians drawn from Ryan Adams’ and Patty Griffin’s touring bands, including Doug Lancio, Brad Pemberton, Billy Mercer, Micah Hulscher, and McFeron’s longtime musical partner Alisa Milner.
From the beginning, McFeron dedicated himself to building audiences the old fashioned way: on the road. Traveling from city to city, state to state, nation to nation, McFeron performs an average of 200 shows a year spread throughout the United States and Europe, inspiring listeners with his beautifully crafted songs and honest narratives. On the road, McFeron is often joined by Alisa Milner, a Texas-style fiddler, cellist, and harmony vocalist and long-time friends Norman Baker and Mark Bateman on bass and drums.