Ari Shine, Daniel Ahearn and the Jones

Indeed, from the unabashed exuberance of songs like “All I’ve Got Is Love” to the sophisticated mix of melody and mayhem embraced on “Here With Me,” Shine shines and puts many artists boasting a far lengthier trajectory on notice that they face formidable competition. Here’s an up and comer who’s got his groove, both literally and figuratively, and even a first listen is all it takes to convince. Ghost Town Directory not only begs repeated returns, but gets better and more engaging every single time.-NO DEPRESSION

the concentration on hooks and harmonies ensures that the songs always hit the right spot whether it is the medium pace mode of the bright ‘Refuge in You’ the gentle reflections of ‘Simple’ or the rockier tones of ‘Against the Night’.
-AMERICANA-UK

There is a definite folk vibe streaming through Ghost Town Directory. Kind of Wilco meets Elvis Costello with a pinch of Elliott Smith for good measure. Ari is a cockeyed love struck optimist with a voice that sails in on a cloud to tell you a charming story. -MEZZIC

Ari Shine is quickly becoming the singer/songwriter to watch in 2011. He plays roosty rock with an eye for lyrical detail and an ear for classic pop song-craft. The heartfelt melodies and unfiltered lyrics he delivers retain the same unabashed hooks and energy whether in solo acoustic performance or with full band backing. After a number of critically acclaimed releases which earned him praise in such sources as the Village Voice, The Los Angeles Times and even from legendary Rolling Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldham, Ari has arrived with his most personal and versatile batch of tunes.


Speaking on the creation of his new album Ghost Town Directory (Beverly Martel) Shine says “My last album A Force Of One was purposely going after a classic late 70’s power pop sound, even going so far as to use veteran producer Earle Mankey (Sparks, Beach Boys, Concrete Blonde) to recreate the vibe of that era. I did a ton of touring after that album, much of which was solo acoustic shows and I decided that before I recorded my new album I was just going to write songs on my acoustic guitar not geared toward any specific genre; just songs that worked by themselves without outside adornment.”

When it came time to record the music, Shine linked up with good friend and noted producer Noah Shain, fresh off work with acts like As Tall As Lions, Me Talk Pretty and The Secret Handshake. The results feature a wide screen sound which give Shine’s already anthemic tunes a radio ready sheen. Gutsy rockers like the opening “All I’ve Got is Love” (co-written with Shine’s wife Adrienne Pierce, also a noted performer) and the hometown kiss-off “Against the Night” mingle with more atmospheric tracks like “Here With Me” and “Simple”, the latter featuring rich pads of harmonies in a decidedly 70s vein. Though he tackled all the instruments and vocals during the sessions, drums were handled by LA traps master Chris Cano, best known for his work in another Shain produced project Orson, as well as hip hop/Latin rock road warriors Ozomatli.

Shine has racked up plenty of miles himself through the U.S., U.K. and Canada, opening for artists like Rhett Miller, John Doe, Hugh Cornwell of The Stranglers, Redd Kross, Silversun Pickups, The Donnas, Liam Finn and many others. Most recently Ari was handpicked to support Chris Shiflett of the Foo Fighters on his entire summer 2010 solo tour. “I’m proud of how much I’ve toured over the past few years. The wide range of artists I have played with has really helped me grow as a performer and as a writer. It’s a testament to the strength of the songs when you can just strap on a guitar and play to an audience who have come for an entirely different style of music and have them leave as fans.”

While Shine has built his songwriting skills and performance chops playing in live bands since the age of 15, in recent years he has become a go to songwriter for buzz acts and established artists alike. Some of his notable co-writes include tracks on albums by The Secret Handshake, Gaby Moreno and others.

Daniel Ahearn and the Jones

Daniel Ahearn is an American singer/songwriter. In 2001, he formed the band ill lit in Brooklyn.Relocating the band in 2002 to Los Angeles, ill lit released 'WACMusic', 'I Need you' and 'Tom Cruise'. After recording under his own name for a couple of years, Daniel and musical partner Mindy Jones started “Daniel Ahearn & The Jones.” "The Jones" is made up of singer/violist/percussionist, Mindy Jones, keyboardist/guitarist Jojo Lorentz, bassist Jon LaTona, and singer/dulcimist, Julie Mintz. The new 4 song EP from "Daniel Ahearn & The Jones" will be released in the coming months!

Influences include Leonard Cohen, Franz Wright, Randy Newman, Anne Sexton, John Prine, Hart Crane, Rumi, Ronee Blakley, Gottardo Piazzoni, Mark Milroy, Jackson Browne, Prince, Todd Snider, Aphex Twin, The Flaming Lips, Gavin Bryars, and Eno. Also, Daniel's first full length solo record 'Long way home' was released in 2011and is available on iTunes. The first track, 'I Will Let You Go' is featured in the Ivan Reitman hit comedy ‘No Strings Attached.’

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