While taking some time from fronting the seven piece folk/psych band, Fat Moth, Jon Lepp recorded his first full-length solo album. According to Lepp, the time was right and the album “had to get done”. The acoustic album was recorded with Joe Lapinski in four sessions beginning in the fall of 2018 and finished up in spring of 2019. “I’ve been working a lot,” said Lepp, “and saving every damn penny to get this recorded.”
Throughout the album, Lepp unfolds stories of a wilted love in his unique folk and roots inspired style. “It was a five year relationship, and we’re still friends, but it’s still a big change” said Lepp, noting that the album is not negative or bitter, and instead is more of an exploration of the end of a relationship and the new beginnings that necessarily follow. The title track, ‘Taking My Way’, was written at the cusp of the break-up and was revelatory: “it was the first time,” said Lepp, “that I fully realized that we needed to move on… it was both heartbreaking and liberating.”
The album also explores a diverse set of lyrical themes, including family, community, the daily grind of working in a kitchen, nursery rhymes and world issues such as the Syrian crisis. Lepp recorded vocals, guitar, banjo, and mandolin on the album and he is accompanied by Jordan Phelan on upright bass, and Jon Marleau on washboard.
The acoustic album will be released August 16 at the Niagara Artists Centre (NAC) Rooftop Terrace on St. Paul Street. Uphill & Still (UK) will be joining the bill and Julianna Riolino will be playing a special solo set as well. Doors are at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.