Many a Good Long Year, the first full-length album from Jon Ponder, was released in January 2016. The album showcases the poetry, melody, and storytelling that define Jon Ponder as a songwriter and musician. Initially writing heartbreak songs, Jon began to find a new songwriting voice by returning to his grandpa's stories and to his own memories of his grandma and grandpa. The new album intertwines these stories and memories of grandparents and family with his own stories of finding his way in the world.
Jon recorded the album primarily with two of his music pals and collaborators, Eric Anderson and Danielle Gartner, who play and sing on 10 out of the 12 tracks. The talents of these additional fine Michigan musicians also bring the songs to life: Allison Stanley, Robbie Linkner, Bruce Gartner, Jason Dennie, Mark Lavengood, and Drew Howard. Instrumentally, the album employs varied lineups and arrangements: vocal harmonies, guitar, banjo, cello, mandolin, dobro, fiddle, pedal steel, bass, and drums.
released January 1, 2016
All songs written by Jon Ponder
Except “Settin’ the Woods on Fire” by Fred Rose and Ed G. Nelson; "Tennessee Waltz" by Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King;
"Leather Britches" and "Soppin' the Gravy" Traditional
Jon Ponder - vocals, guitar
Eric Anderson - banjo, mandolin
Danielle Gartner - vocals, cello
Allison Stanley - drums
Robbie Linkner - bass
Bruce Gartner - fiddle
Jason Dennie - mandolin
Mark Lavengood - dobro
Drew Howard - pedal steel
Recorded by Jim Roll at Backseat Productions, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Mixed by Ian Gorman at La Luna Recording Studio, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Mastered by Glenn Brown at GBP Studios, East Lansing, Michigan
My Grandpa, B.W. Ponder, speaks, sings, and plays guitar and his brother Ocie plays fiddle on the "B.W. and Ocie" tracks.
Acoustic roots, great stories, songs that leave an impression. Jon Ponder is a Michigan-based singer and songwriter whose
guitar playing and strong voice, accompanied by roots instrumentation and tight harmonies, will have you tapping your feet to the songs and humming the tunes days later....more