Jon Martin and Lovers is a gang of pals from southern Alberta that got together in 2019 to make a hazy blend of Alt-Country, Americana, and British pop music. Led by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jon Martin, …and Lovers guides audiences across fields of enveloping melodies and through tales of fragile love. The influence of life under wide-open prairie skies—with all of its beauty and heartbreak—is heard ringing throughout every one of their songs.
The band's music focuses on craft, honesty, and musicality. Each member of the group, Jon Martin (vocals, piano, guitar), Joel Grey (guitar, slide guitar, vocals), Jason Oakes (guitar, vocals), Max Hopkins (keyboards, vocals), and Paul Holden (bass), brings a wealth of perspective, experience, and energy to Martin's songs.
The band is currently recording brand-new music at Green Recording Company, in Lethbridge, AB, and collaborating with drummers Emily Dolan Davies (Brian Ferry, The Darkness, Kim Wilde) and "Hurtin' Albertan" Brady Valgardson (Corb Lund). Jon Martin and Lovers is set to have an exciting 2020 with a brand new full-length debut LP in late-spring/early-summer, confirmed festival performances, and other yet-to-be-announced events.
The band's first release was a dual-single featuring the songs "Young Heart's and "Here Right Now" on September 20th, 2019.
The Los Angeles music blog LA on Lock said:
"It is hard to believe this is the debut single from Jon Martin and Lovers because 'Young Hearts' already has that big epic band sound. I hear Wilco, and Drive By Truckers, and a dash of Old 97s to this one and i can't wait to hear where the band goes from here with their blend of Americana/Alternative/Indie Rock sound. 4 out of 5 "
The popular New Jersey music blog comeherefloyd said:
"Delightful effervescence with non-foreboding body of taste and wonder comes with Jon’s vocals and tone of his band. One of two debut singles by JON MARTIN AND LOVERS, ‘Young Hearts’, is a beautifully confessional take of emotions and lessons that make up our day-to-day and beyond."
The song "Young Hearts" was a finalist in the 2019 Ship and Anchor Songwriting Competition (Calgary, AB) finals, while the song "When Colours Fade" was a placing finalist in the South Country Fair Songwriting Competition (Lethbridge, AB).