5.24.12 / Vermont

Of broken picks, lost time, and roads traveled comes a new voice to American music.

This ain’t no slick polished tracking with auto tuned, harmonized vocals, there’s no place for the latest trend or beat, and the academic pursuit of what’s defined as good by today’s gatekeepers of radio is ignored.

Sure, Jon Berman’s been around for his share of recordings and live appearances over the last twenty years. You may have heard Berman playing what has been dubbed “his trademark saxophone stylings” with The Sweet RemainsStephen Kellogg and the SixersBarefoot Truth,Jackson WetherbeeChanges in Latitudes, or as a solo saxophonist during an intimate moment at dinner. But to hear Berman open up at a personal level relating his trials, travels, and memories of life from the mistakes he’s made, stages he’s played, and foundations he’s laid encourages the listener to stay along for the ride.

In keeping with this theme, Jon has skipped the production that his previous recording, Another Side, introduced and instead just went with the minimum. A man, his guitar, and his songs.

Finally, this recording is capturing a moment. This isn’t a defining album but a day, May 3, 2012, at Southview Arts Studio to be exact. Ryan Dubois is engineering. Jon just got over a bout with the flu, some of the songs were written just before being recorded, and the results will be recorded for the record and sent off for the world to digest, embrace, or reject. No frills, no overdubs, and no editing of mistakes.

There will be more recordings. There will be limited CD pressings, and limited availability online. So collect them, listen, and spread the word. It’s time for a stripped down approach. This isn’t an act, this isn’t a product. This is a record by a family man that does the best job he can as a working musician and songwriter.

THIS IS VERMONT.

AVAILABLE JUNE 5, 2012

4.29.12 / Jon meets Jordan Rich

Jon appeared on The Jordan Rich Show (WBZ Boston AM 1030) early this morning, which was broadcast in 38 states across the country. 
Listen to the interview in its entirety here!

3.10.12 / Higher Ground, VT with The Sweet Remains

Photo by Benjamin Bloom.

Jon just played a series of shows with The Sweet Remains at venues including the Iron Horse and Higher Ground. A great moment was Dave Grippo (saxophonist for Phish) coming backstage and complementing Jon on his performance. Check out The Sweet Remains new DVD at their site. Photography by Benjamin D. Bloom.

2.24.12 / Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA

Jon always wanted to play for a professional hockey team. He got to play for two when he played the National Anthem for the Springfield Falcons vs. the Bridgeport Sound Tigers!

1.5.12 / Happy New Year!

Hope you all had a safe and happy holiday. Jon is currently on the road with Changes in Latitudes (if you happen to be in the Florida area, you can see the detailed schedule here). He’ll be back in the area later this month, so check the Shows page for local dates.

In the meantime, here are a few photos taken by friend and photographer David Fried at the Iron Horse show in early December. As you can see, Jon’s been playing a lot more guitar these days…enjoy!

12.18.11 / December Update

Jon will be on the road for most of January with Changes in Latitudes, so be sure to come to the NEW YEAR’S EVE performance at FOUR MAIN STREET in Huntington! We’ll be doing a nice dinner set starting at 6:30.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone!

11.29.11 / At the Springfield Falcons this Sunday!

Jon will be performing the National Anthem at 3pm this Sunday, December 4th, at the Mass Mutual Center as The Springfield Falcons host Portland for AHL hockey.

11.5.11 / Thanks!


Thank you to my family, friends, Barefoot Truth, and the Iron Horse for an unforgettable night. Wow. The support you guys brought was so special and I’m so thankful.

The good news is that I’ll be heading back to the Iron Horse on Thursday, December 8th, to open for my friends, The Sweet Remains. If you missed Saturday, you won’t want to miss this one!