About Johnathan Rice
Johnathan Rice writes songs and sings them. He usually plays the guitar. Signed to Reprise Records (the home of Neil Young, Lou Reed, and Gram Parsons) at the age of nineteen, he released his debut record Trouble Is Real in the Spring of 2004. A collaboration with Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley), the dream sequence-styled album ricocheted from psychedelic pop to lo-fi folk to dramatic orchestral balladry.
The record earned him critical accolades from both sides of the Atlantic and an induction into the ASCAP Songwriters Hall of Fame. It also caught the attention of bands like REM, Wilco, and Martha Wainwright, all of whom asked the young songwriter out on tour. While touring the world to promote the album, Rice presented his material in many different ways, from the traditional solo acoustic format to his California-centric harmony group Death Valley (featuring members of the Beachwood Sparks and the Lilys) to a loud electric guitar-driven rock group made up of his old friends from his time spent in New York City.
In the downtime between tours, Johnathan pursued other interests, performing with Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley) solo project all over the world and starring in the Academy Award-winning film Walk The Line in which Rice plays a young Roy Orbison. He also contributed to the films award winning soundtrack produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett.
In the Fall of 2006, Johnathan began work on his new record, tentatively titled Further North, which he promises to be really sweet.
Railroad Earth welcomed Yonder Mountain String Band’s Allie Kral and Jake Jolliff at Hillberry to pay tribute to Andy Goessling.
Ween performed their 1994 album ‘Chocolate And Cheese’ in its entirety for the first time at Desert Daze which included the live debut of “Candi.”
Trey Anastasio performed for ‘Live From Here’ in New York City on Saturday where he welcomed a number of guests including host Chris Thile, Sarah Jarosz and Wynton Marsalis.
Spafford rolled through The 8×10 in Baltimore on Friday night where they busted out “Parody” for the first time in 75 shows.
Pink Talking Fish delivered an all Phish second set during their show at Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, Pennsylvania on Friday night.