John Amadon releases third album


Portland, Oregon-based singer-songwriter John Amadon is celebrating the release of his third full-length, Seven Stars, a collection of haunting melodies that make good bedfellows with easy-laid beats; an album that finds tight hooks with a from-the-heart lyrical sense that will make you feel as if you personally know the songwriter.

Multi-instrumentalist John Amadon is the kind of artist that creates music without any financial support or promotional backing from a label. Knowingly off the beaten path of the music industry, he is driven not by the pursuit of fame or money, but by a passion for songwriting. He holes himself up in friends’ basement studios, his only ambition to challenge himself songwriting wise, and to create the best art he can.  All for art’s sake; not to please A&R guys, not to create something he thinks will turn elitist writers into his fans, and certainly not to “sell out.”  He does it to make himself happy, to make records he can play for friends with a smile and pride.  But, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want people to take notice and find enjoyment in his music either.

Known around Portland for his seven-year stint as bassist for roots-rock/pop artist Fernando, Amadon is equally known for his locally self-released solo records. Upon leaving Fernando’s band after the release of 2006’s Enter to Exit, Amadon took a break from music only to be re-inspired to make a record, the record that would become Seven Stars.

With a record’s worth of material, Amadon called in several friends, including Scott McPherson (live and session drummer for acts including Beck, Elliott Smith, Neil Finn, M.Ward, She & Him, Bright Eyes,, Mike Coykendall (M.Ward, She & Him), and William Slater (The Grails) to help him flesh out the record.

“Making Seven Stars was the most hurdle-free thing I’ve ever done,” he says without hesitation.  “Experience has taught me this is very unusual in the record making process. The writing, the recording, and the post-production all went off essentially without a hitch, and each stage was very rewarding. I got to spend a lot of time working with good friends in an environment very conducive to creativity. I honestly can’t remember a single bad or even unproductive session. It was pure creative pleasure and catharsis.”

The result, for Amadon, is a record that he feels is artistically legit on its own terms, on his own dime, with no compromise or settling.