“First Transmission” by Jon Samuel

Photo by Scott Munn

This evening (Mon, Oct 15th) at 7:30 PM, Fred’s Records will be hosting a very special in store show by Halifax native, and member of Wintersleep, Jon Samuel. This past August Samuel released his debut solo album First Transmission on Hidden Pony Records. I first heard Jon’s music a few years ago when I saw him open for Wintersleep. Although he performed solo with just vocals and guitar, it was a riveting set which stylistically reminded me of other great artists like Vic Chesnutt, Xavier Rudd and Doug Martsch. Jon is a first class songwriter and a dynamic performer who could be singing in a hushed undertone one moment and exploding with raw intensity the next.

Jon recorded most of First Transmission in an apartment in Montreal along with his Wintersleep band mates Tim D’Eon and Loel Campbell. Rah Rah’s Erin Passmore also makes a guest appearance on a couple tracks. The album explores the dichotomy of the childlike optimism of having one’s head in the clouds while be grounded in reality, addressing everything from religion and politics to extraterrestrial life as the title of the album implies.

You can pick up your own copy of First Transmission tonight at Fred’s Records and get to hear Jon perform live as well as meet and have a chat with him in this very intimate and interactive venue. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.