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J.S. ONDARA’S TALES OF AMERICA: THE SECOND COMING, DELUXE VERSION OUT SEPTEMBER 20

“HEART OF GOLD” PREMIERES TODAY

 

“CBS THIS MORNING: SATURDAY” CONFIRMED FOR SEPTEMBER 7

 

SET TO PERFORM AT 2019 AMERICANA AWARDS

 

TOURING WORLDWIDE THIS FALL

 

 

30 AUGUST 2019 (TORONTO, ON) - Tales of America: The Second Coming, the deluxe version of singer-songwriter J.S. Ondara’s breakout debut album, will be released on September 20 via Verve Forecast/Universal Music Canada, the country's leading music company. The deluxe version will be comprised of the standard album tracklist with five additional bonus tracks including a feature by Madison Cunningham and a cover of Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold”, which premieres today. 

 

Listen to "Heart of Gold" HERE

Pre-order the deluxe version of Tales of America: The Second Coming HERE

 

To support the release, Ondara is set to appear on “CBS This Morning: Saturday” [September 7] and will perform on the 2019 Americana Awards stage on September 11. He is nominated for “Best Emerging Act” at this year’s awards.

 

The music continues to receive widespread critical acclaim—Billboard recently featured the LP as one of their “50 Best Albums of 2019 (So Far)” and “Saying Goodbye” was featured in NPR Music’s “Best Songs of 2019 So Far.” He was also profiled for PBS’ “NewsHour” and made appearances on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “World Cafe.”

 

Following a completely sold out debut headline run, as well as standout performances at Xponential Festival, Newport Folk Festival and Edmonton Folk Festival this summer, Ondara has confirmed further U.S. and international tour dates throughout the fall. Brooklyn Vegan praises his live performance as “one of the most commanding sets…with just his voice and acoustic guitar, he had the packed room mesmerized and so silenced that you could hear a pin drop.” More details below.

 

Tales of America is a completely acoustic album produced by Grammy-nominated Mike Viola (Jenny Lewis). The LP was recorded at Boulevard Recording and East West Studios in Los Angeles, with all lyrics written by Ondara. It features collaborations with Andrew Bird, Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes and Joey Ryan of The Milk Carton Kids. Watch the previously released videos for “American DreamHERE, “Saying GoodbyeHERE, “Torch SongHERE and “Television GirlHERE

 

J.S. Ondara grew up in Nairobi, Kenya listening to American alt-rock and making up his own songs for as long as he can remember. At an early age he fell in love with the music of Bob Dylan and moved to Minneapolis in 2013 to pursue a career as a singer and songwriter. He began making his way in the local music scene, continually writing songs about what he saw, felt and experienced in a place far different from home. Since then, he has toured nationwide, opening for Neil Young, Lindsey Buckingham, Anderson East, First Aid Kit, The Milk Carton Kids, Mt. Joy and The Head & The Heart.

 

Recent critical praise for Tales of America:

 

“singing songs about America through his unique perspective and stunning voice” - NPR


 “…a clear-eyed acoustic newcomer’s tale of American promise and calamity that establishes him as an invigorating new voice in American folk music.” - Rolling Stone


“It’s that sense of searching combined with Ondara’s spellbinding and, well, haunting voice that makes this an early contender for one of the finest and most moving Americana albums of the year.” - American Songwriter

 

“Bringing his fresh take on Americana and the American experience, Ondara’s voice is a welcome and refreshing sound and perspective for the genre.” - Recording Academy Grammy Awards

 
“Ondara owns a striking singing voice, which ranges from a velvety croon to an immaculate upper-register. Really, you’ve just got to hear it yourself.” - billboard

 

“Who knew that the next Great American Novel, as it were, would come from a soulful Kenya-born acoustic musician and lyricist…” - The Philadelphia Inquirer

 

“…leverages his unease as an outsider into an album full of romantic storytelling—Ondara counts Bob Dylan as a major influence—but with a sound all his own.” - Mother Jones

 

Tales Of America contains sweet and austere musings on love, loss and the elusory American dream, set within simple melodies, all driven by Ondara’s velvety voice.” - No Depression (The Journal of Roots Music) 

 

 

J.S. ONDARA—TALES OF AMERICA

  1. American Dream
  2. Torch Song
  3. Saying Goodbye
  4. Days Of Insanity
  5. Television Girl
  6. Turkish Bandana
  7. Lebanon
  8. Good Question
  9. Master O’Connor
  10. Give Me a Moment
  11. God Bless America

Bonus Tracks

  1. Saying Goodbye (Boulevard Demo)
  2. Torch Song (Echo Park)
  3. Milk and Honey feat. Madison Cunningham
  4. Heart of Gold
  5. I’m Afraid of Americans

J.S. ONDARA LIVE

September 13—Harrisburg, PA—XL Live

September 14—Burlington, VT—Grand Point North Festival

September 20-21—Singapore, Singapore—FORMULA 1 Singapore Grand Prix

September 28—Everleigh, Australia—Zone Out International Music Festival

October 10—Portland, OR—Aladdin Theater

October 11—Vancouver, BC—Hollywood Theater

October 13—Seattle, WA—Neumos

October 17—San Francisco, CA—The Independent

October 18—Los Angeles, CA—Troubadour [SOLD OUT]

October 19—Los Angeles, CA—Troubadour [SOLD OUT]

October 21—Denver, CO—Bluebird Theater

October 24—Chicago, IL—Lincoln Hall

October 25—Holland, MI—Park Theatre (Hope College Concert Series)

October 26—Toronto, ON—Mod Club Theater

October 27—Montreal, Canada—L’Astral

October 29—Philadelphia, PA—World Café Live

October 30—Washington, DC—6th & I

November 1—Boston, MA—Sinclair [SOLD OUT]

November 2—Brooklyn, NY—Music Hall of Williamsburg

November 26—Orleans, France—L’Astrolabe

November 27—Paris, France—Élysée Montmartre

November 28—Dijon, France—La Vapeur

November 29—Mulhouse, France—Noumatrouff

December 7—Minneapolis, MN—First Avenue