Recording artist, producer, engineer and owner of Planet Paul Recording studios was asked, "what would you say about Jonathan Fleig?" This was his response:
When I was young, long ago, there were folks we called musicians
They strummed guitars and played horns and pianos and banged drums and sang. They'd use most anything that could make a rythm, harmony or melody. It didn't much matter as long as it vibrated and moved that air. The music must come forth. The vibration inside must be released. Freed through the instrument to move that air. It just had to -- everyday. Food, water, shelter and music, not necessarily in that order. Serve the song.
But that was long ago and times have changed. The musician in the wild is a rare thing these days. The environment and climate have been altered to the point that survival of the musician is difficult at best. Most are confined to various types of cages or have simply vanished. People don't seem too concerned about it. I guess you can't miss what you never knew. Computers are cheap and don't need room and board.
So, it's a special thing for me when I stumble across one who still runs free. Sustaining himself on music. Foresaking known paths of much greater ease. Making the sacrifice. Knowing the game's plum crooked but playing anyway. Serving the song.
Jonathan Fleig is one such musician. For the past decade, he has traveled in service of the song. From California to North Carolina, Oregon to Arizona and everywhere inbetween, he has moved that air. People are starting to notice.
His last release, "The Great Awakening" with the band Soup, recieved widespread college radio airplay. It was nominated by the 21st Los Angeles Music Awards in two categories -- Americana Artist of the Year and Best Americana single for the song "Enemy." Check it out if you haven't already. Real music from a real musician.
In the spring of 2012, Jonathan released his latest album "Strange Caravan"and hit the road again. He toured 15 states in support of the new album. Do yourself a favor. Go see a show. Pick up a CD. Feel that air move.
-Planet Paul Recording Studios