Have you ever heard of a Chat Bot? Chat Bots are an in-development social media feature that technologists predict will be the future of online interaction, especially between companies and customers, and artists and fans. I have agreed to be a test artist for a music industry company that is experimenting with Chat Bot technology. A Chat Bot has been built into Facebook messenger at my Jonathan Rundman FB musician page. I’m inviting you to click thru to this URL https://www.messenger.com/t/jonathanrundmanmusic, log in directly, and start your conversation with my own Chat Bot. The Bot is learning how to behave, so if you have suggestions, feel free to type those in to your discussion. The Bot’s developers will check out your comments, and use them to help fine-tune the Bot’s communication skills. Go ahead and be candid, share with the Bot what you like or don't like about the interaction, and communicate what you'd like to find out about the artist (which is me!).
The pros think that eventually all our customer service communication will happen between people and Chat Bots, so give mine a try for a glimpse into our collective futures. Science!
March 25th is the birthdate of my favorite scientist Norman Borlaug! Back in 2011 I wrote a fiddle tune in Borlaug's honor, and in 2013 was invited to perform it at the Iowa State Capital Building, broadcast live on Iowa Public Television. Now, for the first time, there is sheet music available for the tune. CLICK on the image of the sheet music for a free PDF. And, you may download the studio version of the song HERE for free at BandCamp, or pay what you want.
I was very pleased to contribute some keyboard tracks to the new recording by the Minnesota Americana band Pleasure Horse. Check out this cool song "Charley" featuring me on Hammond Organ. I love to do recording sessions, in the studio, or remotely by sharing audio files online. You can hire me to play on your next recording project...CLICK HERE for some information on my work as a session musician. Congrats to Pleasure Horse on the release of their EP!
If you're still shopping for stocking stuffers for this upcoming holiday, may I suggest some Jonathan Rundman CDs? Please visit my online store http://jonathanrundman.bandcamp.com to complete your Christmas lists!
Big thanks to everybody in Finland for welcoming me during my #JonathanSuomeen tour! Here's a video of my performance at the Loimaa Art Museum, featuring Arto Järvelä!
More new videos have been posted on my YouTube Channel! Here's "Diner By The Train" recorded live a few weeks ago:
There are new videos at my YouTube channel! Here's one:
I'm very excited to announce this show: On THURSDAY, JUNE 9th, 2016 I'll be performing with my band at The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis! It's my first hometown concert in a year, and my first time since 2013 to play at The Cedar, one of the best venues in the country. CLICK HERE for advance tickets and show details. My band and I will play at 8PM. It's ALL AGES, so please bring the family!
In the year 2008 I released the album INSOMNIACCOMPLISHMENTS. I was home with a baby and a preschooler at the time, and so I did not promote or tour in support of the record. Eventually it fell out of print and became my "lost album." Now, eight years later, I thought I should give it another chance at life. The album has been reissued as a special hand-numbered limited edition CD, with a brand new design and photographs from the original album sessions. Order now for $15!
I've had other fun adventures as a studio musician this Spring, too! Here's a song "New Cliche" from the new album by Minneapolis folk trio THE LOWLAND LAKERS. I play accordion on the album:
It's been a dream of mine to have my solo albums released in my ancestral homeland of Finland. Therefore, I'm THRILLED to announce that my new album LOOK UP is now available there! Check out the hashtag #JonathanSuomeen to follow the album's Finnish campaign across social media platforms.
In celebration of the album's release in Finland, I've released a new video for the song "The Ballad of Nikolaus Rungius" which premiered on PasteMagazine.com this month!
Happy New Year, everybody! I've spent the past month digging through old computers and hard drives, harvesting many years of audio archives. I'm excited to release this 25-song digital album of my cassette 4-track recordings from 1989-2009. Lo-fi craziness! Check out these songs, many of which have never been publicly released before. Pay what you want or download for FREE at my BandCamp page.
Big announcement! My cousin Bruce Rundman and I have searched our archives, and now present a digital album containing our favorite musical collaborations! You can pay whatever you want to download this album...donate a few bucks, or get the whole thing for FREE. Either way, we're happy to get these 15 songs out to the world, many of which have NEVER been available before. Whoa! Highlights of our album include a previously unreleased remix of "Out The Back" from our 1994 album as The Chandlers, the previously unreleased original 1992 songwriting demo of "Picture Day," the previously unreleased techno-pop mix of "The Sound of The Cicadas," the lovely harmonies of "Omaha," and the legendary "Beige Slacks."
One of the songs on the new BRUCE & JONATHAN RUNDMAN digital album is "The Sound of the Cicadas." YOU are invited to be the arranger and producer for your own version of this song!
Here's the idea:
1. you download the vocal track stem WAV for my song "The Sound Of The Cicadas." It's my lead vocal and my cousin Bruce Rundman's harmony vocal sung live into the same microphone!
2. you import that WAV into your recording software (ProTools, GarageBand, or whatever), with your session tempo set to 126bpm
3. You finish the song...add more instrumental tracks, edit the song, chop it up, cut and paste, whatever; and then bounce a final mix of your version of the song
4. Email me an MP3 or link of your mix of my song. Who knows, I might even blog about it, post it online for the world to hear, link back to your webpage, etc.
This version is in the key of E minor and the chords under the vocals are like this:
Em | Em | B7 | Em
Em | Em | B7 | Em
Am | Am | Em | Em
Am | Am | Em | Em
BIG NEWS! I have approved my new album LOOK UP for streaming via Spotify and Apple Music. My hope is that people who use these platforms to discover new music will enjoy my new songs. AND then I hope that they'll PURCHASE the downloads and/or physical CDs from me. Please include your favorite Jonathan Rundman songs in your Spotify playlists, and encourage your friends to check me out. Thanks for your support!
A few years ago when I was playing Nordic folk music I wrote some fiddle tunes that were rarely (and sometimes never) performed. Thanks to the magic of Noteflight software, I'm now able to share sheet music and audio references with anyone who might want to play the tunes, experiment with arrangements, etc! Click on the image below to access a PDF file of the sheet music for my previously unheard tune "Stethoscope," AND for the tune "Rynkö" from the Kaivama album. If you learn tune and create a cool arrangement for it, email me email@example.com and let me know! Have fun!
This month's Western States tour was amazing. Special thanks to WALTER SALAS-HUMARA for having me in the band for the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco! I'm also appearing and co-writing a song on Walter's forthcoming new album...CLICK HERE to support his Pledgemusic.com campaign to fund the record.
I'm just out the door for a two-week tour to Colorado and California! If you want to check out what I've been up to for the past month, visit my YouTube Channel where you can see some brand new videos of recent performances. Below you'll see a rare solo performance of "The Ballad of Nikolaus Rungius" recorded at the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival, AND you can also check out clips from my house concert with Bob Walkenhorst of The Rainmakers.
I had a blast last month playing shows across Minnesota with Walter Salas-Humara! On the afternoon of our show in Duluth I stopped by KUMD radio to perform on their Live from Studio A series.
The audio is archived at the KUMD website...stream the audio HERE. Host Christine Dean asked some excellent questions and I performed "Helicopters of Love," "Home Unknown," and "The Serious Kind."
ALSO: check out this review of my LOOK UP album in the Duluth News Tribune newspaper!
I'm really excited to get back on the road in May, after spending the past couple months laying low in Minneapolis. I'll be zipping across Michigan, flying out to the Pacific Northwest and coming back to the Midwest in June to play my official hometown release show for my new LOOK UP album!
Visit my TOUR DATES page for complete venue information.
introducing the CREATIVITY DRILL PODCAST!
I'm very exited to announce the launch of my first-ever adventure in podcasting!
Just import the episodes into your smartphone and take us along with you on your morning commute, on the treadmill at the gym, or on your next road trip or plane ride! Podcasts are also very good for listening while washing dishes or raking leaves.
This month Finnish-Americans will be celebrating St. Urho's Day (Monday, March 16th) so I'm offering up this song as a free download. It's a brand new recording, fresh from the studio only a couple weeks ago!
This Finnish folk tune has been widely recorded in Finland with an alternate set of love-song lyrics called "Tuoll' on mun kultani" ("Yonder My Sweetheart"). Nordic-American Lutherans have sung this tune for nearly a century using the "Lost In The Night" text translated into English by Olav Lee, a Norwegian-American pastor and professor at St. Olaf College in Minnesota.
If you've seen me in concert in the past decade, there's a good chance you heard me play this song. I'm very excited to finally have it recorded!
THE LOOK UP ALBUM IS RELEASED!
After a year of recording, crowdfunding, preparing, and road-testing, I'm thrilled to officially release my new record!
Please support me by purchasing the album:
or, even better, direct from my own online store.
If you'd rather mail-order the old fashioned way and pay by check, CLICK HERE and print the order form.
Thanks to so many of you who have been encouraging me along the way. I have poured my heart and soul into these songs, and I want to be part of the soundtrack to your 2015!
FREE DOWNLOAD! In honor of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, I've posted this previously unreleased recording which you can download now for free at my BandCamp page. This is one of my earliest compositions, written when I was a teenage geo-political rocker. I recorded this updated version five years ago for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Wall, but the song remained unreleased. Finally, here it is!
MORE VIDEOS AT YOUTUBE! Last month I played a plethora of shows across the Midwest, including a series of gigs with my great friend and long-time collaborator, percussionist Lowell Michelson. Here we are doing an unplugged version of "Rynkô," a tune from the debut Kaivama album. Also, CLICK HERE for a video from the Folk Alliance Region Midwest conference, where I got to sing and play with Trish Bruxvoort Colligan.
VARIOUS ALBUM APPEARANCES
This past year I've had the pleasure of contributing to a variety of recording projects by other artists. This month a few of those albums will get wide releases! Here are three of them...
In addition to a bunch of solo-acoustic shows this month, I'm very psyched to be playing a series of duo concerts with percussionist Lowell Michelson!
You may know Lowell from our very earliest days on the road, or from his touring with the band Echelon, OR from his countless appearances on my albums over the years. Lowell is one of my favorite musicians and bestest pals, and I hope you can check us out: OCT 7-10.
Zero Hour Records in Australia has just released Power Pop Unplugged, a double-CD compilation of artists from around the world playing acoustic versions of their New Wave faves from bands such as Cheap Trick, XTC, Rockpile, Nick Lowe, and The Romantics. I'm thrilled to appear on this album, doing my own mandola-and-harmonium powered interpretation of the Todd Rundgren / Utopia classic "One World!" Order the album HERE for a special introductory price of $6 (plus shipping)!
In recent weeks I've been interviewed by various media outlets regarding my forthcoming LOOK UP album, my recent tour dates, and my crowdfunding experience. Check out the interviews below:
- Tips for a successful PledgeMusic campaign, via PledgeMusic blog
- Singer sets aside folk to rock out on new CD, via LaCrosse Tribune
- Now Hear This: Jonathan Rundman, via Petoskey News Review / Graphic
In 2004 Beki Hemingway and I recorded and released our Americana duet album Tennesota! This month we're celebrating the album's 10 year anniversary. We have only 20 copies of the CD left, and we're making them available now in a special $15 bundle: a signed copy of Tennesota, a Salt Lady Records Extra Credit sampler CD featuring rare Beki & Jonathan songs, AND a download card for the out-of-print Beki & Jonathan Christmas EP Present. Click here to order!
SEPTEMBER TOUR DATES!
Upper Michigan, Lower Michigan, and California! Details at my dates page.
- FRI 12 Rapid River, MI
- SAT 13 Petoskey, MI
- SUN 14 Lake Ann (Traverse City), MI
- MON 15 Sault Ste Marie, MI
- SAT 27 Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
- SUN 28 Manhattan Beach, CA
I've got some cool dates developing across the Midwest this Fall and Winter. Specifically, I'd love to find a couple dates in Ohio early next month, near St. Louis on OCT 26, and in the U.P. on JAN 30.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you've got ideas for towns, venues, hosts, or events where I should play!
'Twas great to see old and new friends on my East Coast tour last week! Now in August I'm excited to be zipping across the Midwest for a weekend of shows with fiddle/mandolin phenom Jake Armerding! Check us out on FRIDAY, AUGUST 8 in Madison, WI; SATURDAY, AUGUST 9 in Peoria, IL; and SUNDAY, AUGUST 10 in Cedar Rapids, IA in a special performance with Trish Bruxvoort Colligan!
So that you can more conveniently find out when I'll be playing in your neighborhood, I'm trying a new online platform for my tour dates. Check out my bandsintown.com page...there you can click the "Track This Artist" box for updates when I'm in your area, share specific shows across social media, RSVP, buy tickets, and more.
Some fun behind-the-scenes photos (including this one of my harmonium load-in!) are featured in a recent article in the Wisconsin State Journal. Back in June during Walter Salas-Humara's Midwest tour, our Madison show was covered by a reporter who was profiling the awesome venue Kiki's House of Righteous Music.
In other press-related news: Jake Armerding and I were interviewed by the Peoria News Bulletin in advance of this Saturday's show...read the interview here!
On Sunday, August 3rd, WUSB radio in Long Island, NY, broadcasted an hour-long special interview with singer/songwriter Brent Bourgeois in support of his new album Don't Look Back. I was very happy to contribute to the interview myself...I spoke with the host about Brent's guest vocal appearance on my forthcoming LOOK UP album. This streaming-audio link can be opened in iTunes...listen around 28:00 for my comments, and then hear an exclusive preview of my yet-to-be-released song "Northbound Traffic" featuring Brent's harmonies.
I'm very excited to be traversing the continent in the coming months! Visit my DATES page for specific info...
LISTEN FOR ME ON NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO THIS MONTH
Last Fall I had the amazing opportunity to perform live on NPR's Mountain Stage radio show. Joining me were the brilliant Jake Armerding on fiddle/mandolin and Matt Patrick on electric guitar. Performing on the same show were favorites of mine songwriter Jill Sobule and Midwestern rock legends the BoDeans, complete with Kenny Aronoff on drums. Incredible!
This month, in the week after July 18th, NPR will be re-broadcasting the episode! Check your local Public Radio listings, and tune in to hear me sing the folk song "Stagger Lee" with fellow Finnish-American Minnesotan guitarist Erik Koskinen, Kurt from the BoDeans, and Kenny playing drums...a highlight of my career!
INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING NEWS Songwriter and publisher Robin Mann has provided liturgical resources to Lutheran congregations in Australia for decades. I'm very pleased to announce that Robin's latest published compilation ALL TOGETHER ALL RIGHT features three of my songs: the atmospheric "Calm The Storm," the trucker-Gospel "No One Does The Things My Lord Can Do," and the audience fave "Hey Hey Samuel." It's so cool to think of people on the other side of the globe singing my songs! Visit Robin's webpage and check out his resources for church musicians.
I'm super psyched to be the guest keyboardist for Walter Salas-Humara on his solo Midwest tour this week. Walter is one of my all-time favorite songwriters (you may know him from his band The Silos), and he's also the producer of my 2004 album Public Library.
We've had some shows already, and have a few more to go:
TUES, JUNE 3: Aster Cafe, Minneapolis
FRI, JUNE 6: Schuba's, Chicago, IL, with Jon Langford