John Fonvielle | Rodeo

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by John Fonvielle

Debut solo record from seasoned Americana singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, with compelling melodies and insightful lyrics about everything from road trips to relationships, pain and hope, beginnings and endings.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. If Love Never Dies
4:53 $0.99
2. You Don't Know Me
2:54 $0.99
3. Soft Place to Land
4:14 $0.99
4. The Chase
4:37 $0.99
5. The Devil Is Dealing Again
3:32 $0.99
6. Empty Arms Hotel
3:50 $0.99
7. She Lives in Me
3:14 $0.99
8. Rodeo
3:38 $0.99
9. No Magic
3:28 $0.99
10. Circles
5:37 $0.99
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Album Notes
Not only does John Fonvielle sing well (in a Drambuie kind of voice, smooth and potent), and play guitar, bass, mandolin, piano and organ, he can flat write a song. Working in the Americana singer-songwriter tradition, he crafts lyrics at once familiar and enigmatic, about love and heartbreak; about leaving town and about coming home; about finding oneself and finding “a soft place to land.” You can hear some influences, but only the best kind: Tom Waits, Gram Parsons, Joni Mitchell, Kris Kristofferson, Emmy Lou, even the late great Jesse Winchester.
— Kate Dobbs Ariail, "The Sweetheart of this Rodeo," The Five Points Star

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John Fonvielle's songwriting has been called "elegant" and "spare yet expertly layered." Performed with authority, the songs often tackle the difficulties of relationships but show "the right amount of stoicism in the face of pain, and the pain is left largely to our imagination," according to one reviewer.



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Lots of Heart and Artistry [fixed typo]
I supported the production of the album on Kickstarter, and I'm glad I did — I feel like I am getting in on the ground floor with an artist who will at some point be recognized for this music. Here's why: The songwriting is elegant and avoids the traps of literal storytelling. The melodies are fresh and memorable. The production is spare yet expertly layered with thoughtful instrumentation. Simply put, I love this record and would recommend it to anyone willing to give an emerging singer-songwriter a chance.

Katherine Dodd

John's best album yet
I am not a very musical person but John Fonvielle's album "Rodeo" is one of the most moving albums I have ever heard. The songs speak to me. There is a tone in John's voice that says the music is heartfelt "Soft Landing" stands out to me as the words blend with the melody. I highly recommend this album

Doug Kivett

Great Songwriting!
Rodeo is a wonderful compilation of many emotions and many changes that we have all passed through in this life. The lyrics have a depth that you rarely find. "Coffee flavored with a spoon" The lyrics will have you listening very closely, you will not want to miss a word. The vocals are strong, the range is outstanding. The instrumentals are simply beautiful! It is truly amazing to me the talent emanating from this song writer and musician. There are so many great songs, it is hard to pick a fav but something about " Soft Place to Land" really speaks to me, but then "The Devil is Dealing Again" and "She Lives in Me" are also high on my list. Another shout out to "You Don't Know Me"! I really don't have a favorite, the whole release is MUST LISTEN!