Jonathon Childers 

Musician, Blank Range

Jonathon Childers is the co-frontman of the Nashville based rock band Blank Range who celebrated the release of their Vista Bent EP late last year.  Stereogum stated, "Blunted bell clangs and lively pop rock melodies of Vista Bent make for a happy compendium of '70s nostalgia, Nashville heartbreak, and subtle experimentation."  Rapidly becoming known for their stellar live show, Blank Range have toured supporting The Mountain Goats, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Benjamin Booker and have shared stages with the Drive-By Truckers, Spoon, Kevin Morby, Diarrhea Planet and more.  Later this month, Jonathan and the band will launch a national tour which lasts throughout the month of May with The Wild Reeds.  This is Jonathon Childers' Fidelity High: My Morning Jacket // Z // Badman Recording Co. // 2005.  Jonathon says, "My father died very suddenly on July 1st, 2006 just after I'd graduated high school - when the first wave of shock had settled and it was time to leave the hospital I remember pulling out on to State Street in Rockford, IL when Track 4, 'What a Wonderful Man' came on the CD player. I cranked the volume and sang at the top of my lungs because that's exactly what I needed to do. This record helped me out a lot that summer and the subsequent fall when I started college and was probably hurting more than I had cared to admit.  When I hear the opening drums of 'Laylow' or the gut-wrenching guitar solo at the end of 'Dondante' I can still muster up some rock and roll catharsis.  The kind that, I think now, is particular to teenagers.  I saw My Morning Jacket many times in the coming years. Eventually I even took my first trip to NYC to see them as part of a 5 night run at Terminal 5.  On the 4th night they played 'Z' in its entirety."




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