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by Jon Gonzales

Psychedelic, satirical12-track ukulele hook-folk album for wildly experimental humans. . .contentious themes of pot addiction, narcissistic tendencies, psychedelic vegetables, sex toys, and spiritual surrender send HUMP to the brink of musical masterpiece
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ad Glorium
3:34 $0.99
2. All Roads Lead to Love
4:41 $0.99
3. Green Grass 'n Shade
3:50 $0.99
4. Hump
4:37 $0.99
5. Lil' Purple Friend
4:13 $0.99
6. Mushroom Belly Soup
4:18 $0.99
7. Peace On Earth
4:42 $0.99
8. Ride My Train
3:50 $0.99
9. Ballad of Billy Pronto (feat. Tony Vigorito & Belle Sweeney)
4:50 $0.99
10. The Big Dream
4:43 $0.99
11. This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)
5:45 $0.99
12. Lou Reed
4:50 $0.99
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Album Notes
Produced by master producer Michael Lindner. HUMP is Jon Gonzales' second full-length album, echoing the ukulele chimes of 2012's Water 'n Whiskey and then some. . .Includes notes slingers Terry Keady and Bill Iberti, female vocalists Stephanie Salva, Jenna Gonzales, Jennifer Faust, Belle Sweeney, Jennifer Foltz, and Martie McPherso, as well as spoken word from author Tony Vigorito. Dedicated to the life, love, and spirit of Gonzales' late son, Jasper Gonzales. Enjoy HUMP!



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Music Review-HUMP/Jon Gonzales
Music Review- HUMP / Jon Gonzales
by Doug Jayne

I have the privilege of hearing and listening to lots of new music.

Most of the time, the CD's are presented to me along with fancy-printed artist bios called “one-sheets”.

In the case of “HUMP” the sparkling new CD by singer/songwriter Jon Gonzales, there was only an informal handwritten note by the Sonoma County ukulele slinger: “My new CD. ~J.G.”

I have a short bio of Jon Gonzales that lives in my head; he and I share something that we wish we didn't: the death of two young, beloved family members. Just a few short months after my grandson Jayson died, Jon lost his son Jasper.

Thank God for music; for it is music that helps sooth this often unbearable pain.

I mention this only because I think I hear things in HUMP (which is dedicated to Jasper) that may sound different to others.

For example, the opening track “Ad Glorium”, Gonzales sings “I really love to laugh”, followed by minor chords strummed on a ukulele, and a irresistible guitar hook.

I'm thinking that this song will sound whimsical and fun to most folks, and there is an adorable video on Jon's website (http://www.jongonzales.com), but I hear a melancholy in this song.

But it's an optimistic-melancholy. Thankfully it only brought a tear to my eye that first listen. I'm good now.

The arrangements and production on “Ad Glorium” are outstanding. The instruments are mixed well, the harmonies are lush, but light as a feather.
I single out this song because it is the job of the lead-off track to compel the listener to continue listening, rather than hit the SKIP button.

I keep listening:

“All Roads Lead to Love” has a reggae vibe. “Green Grass 'n Shade” could have been a single from the 60's. By the time I reach track 5 (“Lil' Purple Friend ), it becomes clear that each song on HUMP has a unique sound and vibe.
The album winds down after 10 original songs with a joyous, yet subdued cover of the Talking Heads, “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)”, and closes out with Jon's tribute to Lou Reed, his original “Lou Reed”.

This is the 2nd release by Gonzales that was produced by Michael Lindner, who also plays bass in the JG Band. They obviously work well together, because HUMP sounds even more sophisticated and developed that the previous CD “Water 'n Whiskey”.

Most important, HUMP is a good listen from start to finish.