• West Coast Music

    As the name indicates West Coast Music has its origin on the American West Coast. The music emphasizes melody, harmonies and arrangements, and the vocal and instrumental performances are always with great skill and of high quality. The music is often performed by pop/rock artists from the American West Coast, but is in no way limited to any geografical area.

Jon Strider, a 5th generation, native Californian, began performing music in the (San Francisco) Bay Area, emerging with an artistic destiny shaped by the cultural upheavals and artistic revelations of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.

In 1986 Jon took his craft to Los Angeles, California, producing and creating music and songs and albums in his Pacific Songworks studio which was a part of Intermix, Inc.–a video and film production house operated by Reiko Posner Matsudaira. In this period he also logged time in Nashville, Austin and the Pacific Northwest.

Starting in 2001, love and music brought Strider repeatedly to Europe and Scandinavia. Since 2005 he has called Malmö, Sweden his home.

As the father of a form of music described as “Rhythm & Folk”, Strider has synthesized the rock, blues and acoustic worlds, a hybrid of storytelling, grooves and keen empathy. In current concert settings, the Jon Strider Band now plays “Retro-rockin’ country with a Blues&Rhythm twist”, and festival crwods love it!

December 2005 marked the release of Jon’s 5th solo CD ‘WHITE WINGS’ on New Sky Records. (Please go to ‘listen’ for details on CD releases.) His first album to be produced in Sweden.

Spring 2008 marked the release of ‘to B ensemble’s “‘Meet theOfferingband” (12 song CD) on New Sky Records. Jon co-founded this group with Vera Renella in 2003.

On February 22, 2010 Jon’s 6th solo album “FRESH TRACKS” (10 song CD) was released on New Sky Records. FRESH TRACK’S first single ‘Apple Pie Song’ enjoyed national success in Sweden and Norway. First in 2003/2004, and then in 2010/2011. ‘You Need Me’ did very well in France, Ireland, The Netherlands and Belgium. February 2012 marks the digital single release of a radio-edit version of “The Bridge of Redemption”– Jon’s very timely comment on the decline of the USA and the power of love. On February 3rd, 2013 Jon released a double-A sided CD single “Road Kill / Workin’ Girl”.

SUMMER TOURING: around Scandinavia– including the Skaugen Festival (DK), High Chaparral Country Music Festival (SE), the Copenhagen Songwriter’s Festival (DK), Malmö Festival (SE), 13 Grandmothers Convention (SE) and more to be announced.
Please go to ‘Making Road Kill & Workin’ Girl”‘, ‘Who Did What on New Sky Records releases’, ‘Jon Strider Credits, Production History and Discography’ and ‘Listen’ for more information.

2014 : Lots of live concert performing with the Jon Strider Band in this year. A new single, “Big Blind Spot” was completed. Co-produced with Andreas Zäta Eriksson.

2015: “Big Blind Spot” (the new single) was digitally released in February at www.jonstrider.bandcamp.com. ‘to B ensemble’ completed a new single with engineer and co-producer, Andreas Zäta Eriksson, entitled “We Are The New Love”.

2016: A BIG “release new product” year! Videos, albums, singles. “SOUL REUNION” (new album – release date set for September 19, 2016); “Strider…Steps Out” (1989 album, mastered and re-issued); “Take Me Back” (single), “Bar Wars” (new album); Live Jon Strider Band videos: “Waitin’ On Selma”, “If Down Were Up”. outside cuts with Waltzin’ Tess and Mos Isley and much more. Jon Strider Band will be tearing up summer festival stages again this year.

In a live setting, Jon has played keyboards, and in some instances backing vocals, or guitar, with: Eddie Money / Larry Graham / Mink DeVille / Dallas Taylor / Bill Amatneek / Little Roger & the Goosebumps / Dick Bright & His Sounds of Delight / Clifford Scott / The Rubinoos / Banana & Chicken Hirsch, from The Youngbloods and many more…

Again, in a live setting, as a solo performer, or in bands he was in, Jon has opened for: Etta James / Jorma Kaukonen (of the Jefferson Airplane) / Dan Hicks / Talking Heads / Bill Champlain / Thin Lizzy / Dead Kennedy’s / The Shakers / The Rubinoos / Stephen Bishop / Billy Block /Toots & the Maytals / Emmy Lou Harris / The Mojo Monkeys, and many more…

Credits: As a producer/singer-songwriter/musician: Jon has been blessed and honoured to have PRODUCED, RECORDED WITH, CO-WRITTEN WITH and/or PLAYED in the studio WITH the MUSICIANS FROM THE BANDS OF Paul Simon, Elton John, Willie Nelson, Don Henley (lead singer of the Eagles), Jackson Browne, Carlene Carter, Supe & The Sandwiches, Stanley Clarke, The Rubinoos, Gloria Balsam, Kim Fowley, Morgan Kibby, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Dwight Yoakum, Merle Haggard, Carlene Carter, George Thorogood, Steely Dan, Tori Amos, John Hiatt, Little Feat, Lucinda Williams and Whitney Houston. “Thanks goes out to all of them for their creative contributions and the joy I had working with them.”..jon All these musicians are credited on 7 album releases. Find out who they are at: www.jonstrider.bandcamp.com

Strider has toured the world, recorded 7 solo albums, produced dozens of other artists, found a radio audience, built recording studios, scored films and television shows, and willingly and joyfully entertained people with his music.

Discography

Soul Reunion

New Sky Records 2016

Tracks: Loves Me To Life, Your Place Or Mine, Love Is Real, Hallelujah Heartache, Southern Sun, True To You, When Someone Throws Your Love Away, Distance Do Me Good & Strong In Spirit.

Musicians on the Soul Reunion album: Jon Strider, Maciej Szymczynski, Rasmus Svensson, Skip Edwards, Marian Ucharu, Mikael Gökinan, Tim Carlstedt, Emil Isaksson, Hakan Guttormsen, Robert Nevén, Erik Röner, Andreas Baro, Thomas Larsen, Emanuel Nyman & Tim Carlstedt.

Kindred Way Vol.2 “Reissue”

New Sky Records 2015

Tracks: Memory Train, Shut Up and Eat Your Grits, Oh Daddy, Give Us These Things, Straight Talkin’ Machinery, The Sound of Creation, Close Your Eyes & If People Ask.

Musicians on the Kindred Way Vol.2 “Reissue” album: Jon Strider, Armand Sabal-Lecco, Taras Prodaniuk, Steve Chrismar, Skyler Jett, Claytoven Richardson, Laura Ahlstrand, Sandi Griffith, Billy Block, Jo Anne Montana, Howard Yearwood, David Raven, Hurricane Jake & Novi Novog.

Big Blind Spot

New Sky Records 2015

Tracks: Big Blind Spot.

Musicians on the Big Blind Spot single: Jon Strider, Laszlo Dancs & Andreas Zäta Eriksson.

Road Kill/Workin´Girl

New Sky Records 2013

Tracks: Road Kill & Workin´Girl.

Musicians on the Road Kill/Workin´Girl single: Jon Strider, Maciej Szymszynski, Rasmus Svensson, Pelle Jernryd, Emil Isaksson, Anders Norman & Patrick Ohlson.

Fresh Tracks

New Sky Records 2010

Tracks: Songs: Apple Pie Song, You Need Me, The Bridge of Redemption, Magnolia Tree, Good Ol’ Boy Gone Bad, Daddy’s Comin’ Home, Workin’ Is For People That Don’t Know How To Fish, Midsummer’s Day, Lazy Sunday Mornin’ & There’s A Road.

Musicians on the Fresh Tracks album: Jon Strider, Steve Chrismar, Maciej Szymczynski, Rasmus Svensson, Michael Gökinan, Pelle Jernryd, Emil Issakson, Niklas Fredin, Inge Pettersson, Marlon Tepedino, Johanna Tham, Vera Renella & Amir Aly.

White Wings

New Sky Records 2005

Tracks: At the Way Station, In My Vera’s Eyes, We Got Faith, White Wings, Elvis Angel, Walk Into The Light, Best of Both Worlds, Healing Power, Coming Alive, Peace & Flight.

Musicians on the White Wings album: Jon Strider, Amir Aly, Thomas Grün, Vera Renella, BG Sahlin, Marlon Tepedino, Disa Renella Edgren & Louisa Sjunnesson.

2000 Calling

New Sky Records 1999

Tracks: 2000 Calling, The Day They Killed Jo(h)n, Treasure Island, Point Of No Return, Geronimo, Waitin’ On Selma, Little Napoleon, The Car Is King, Big Quake, We Are Still The Same & Brand New World.

Musicians on the 2000 Calling album: Jon Strider, Kenny Gradney, Armand Sabal-Lecco, Taras Prodaniuk, Billy Watts, Tom Conway, John Fitzgerald, Pete Fausone, David Raven, Edward Tree, Dean Rohan, Robby Carlos, Laura Ahlstrand, Sandy Griffith, Skyler Jett, Claytoven Richardson & Chuck Johnson.

Kindred Way Vol.2

Kindred Way 1994

Tracks: Memory Train, Shut Up and Eat Your Grits, Oh Daddy, Give Us These Things, Straight Talkin’ Machinery, The Sound of Creation, Close Your Eyes & If People Ask.

Musicians on the Kindred Way Vol.2 album: Jon Strider, Armand Sabal-Lecco, Taras Prodaniuk, Steve Chrismar, Skyler Jett, Claytoven Richardson, Laura Ahlstrand, Sandi Griffith, Billy Block, Jo Anne Montana, Howard Yearwood, David Raven, Hurricane Jake & Novi Novog.

…Steps Out

New Sky Records 1990

Tracks: Secret City, Big Quake, Private Hell, Never Let Them See You Cry, Say It To Me, Marry for Money, Share-y-Anne, No More Heroes & Open Up Your Heart.

Musicians on the …Steps Out album: Jon Strider, Corky James & Pete Fausone.

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