4.27.11 / 108,536

There’s 108,536 miles on my Subaru Forester. I got it in the Fall, replacing my old pick up truck that got about 12 miles per gallon and anticipating an increased performance schedule and higher gas price, I enlisted my friend Larry Southard at L&M Auto in East Otis, Massachusetts, to keep an eye out for such a vehicle. Here is how I first saw it:

So off I went this past week on my first SOLO tour. Now, I hesitate to call it a tour. First of all, I’ve done a bit of touring, in vans, a few times lucky enough to reside in a tour bus, or in my pick up truck. This was only five shows however, and the first time bringing along my Gibson and seriously showing my songs. It had to be fit in between Jackson Wetherbee’s dates and was billed with my name (“Jon who? Never heard of him.” ∼ woman on sidewalk near venue in Manchester, VT). So after a night in Boston which saw the Bruins lose but the JWB win, I aimed the bus, er, Subaru, due West toward Lenox.

The shows were mostly well attended and I sold some CDs, had some great conversations, watched my Facebook fans approach 200 (click here to become a fan if you haven’t already!) and record basic tracks for a new song with Ryan Dubois at Southview Arts in Vermont. The “anchor” of this tour however, was The Perfect Wife in Manchester VT.

You see, Wednesday nights are acoustic nights up at The Wife (that’s what the locals call it), so I was prepared with some cover songs and originals, both sung (I use that term loosely) and instrumental. I’d ask you to picture the stage, but you could just look at it here:

I always kind of play a little softer at the beginning of a show so the people sitting in front can… kinda let their ears warm up and not get blown out. So I finish my first song and this man is… standing next to me on the stage. He looks at me and yells “Louder! We can’t hear you!” Then he proceeds to walk all the way to the back of the venue and sit at the bar.

Now I’m a firm believer that if you want to listen to the act, you can come closer, sit near the performer, or whatever, and if you don’t want the music to intrude on your conversation, you kinda grab a space further away. But you don’t want to judge what the 15 people up front are hearing volume-wise from the back of the room. Anyway, it turned out to be a fun show, with a lot of positive feedback from everyone there, and people walking out the door with CDs and stickers — so The Perfect Wife is now a venue I can appreciate and I look forward to returning! I’m going to bring a bar stool for that fellow to hang out on stage with me though, because my Converse clad feet probably won’t do too much in the way of defending that stage… and I need all the help I can get right now! But do me a favor man, don’t come up unless you’re invited, and wait to see how it pans out…

The final note I want to pass along is this… do yourself a favor and take a road trip to Vermont. There you’ll find small businesses and a local economy… and the way life should be. Stop at Sissy’s in Middletown Springs and eat breakfast on the porch like I did (and it was snowing, seemed like a good idea at the time)… and enjoy this life while we have it.


4.19.11 / Missed the show?

See Jon play with the Jackson Wetherbee Band at the Brighton Music Hall in Boston. Just go to our Watch page!

3.6.11 / See a Clip of Jon with The Sweet Remains

Go to our Watch page to see Jon play with Will Evans of Barefoot Truth and The Sweet Remains at The Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA.

2.20.11 / Hear Jon at the Brighton Music Hall

Jon played with Barefoot Truth at the Brighton Music Hall in Boston (formerly Harper’s Ferry). You can listen to the live recording on our Listen page. Check it out!

1.26.11 / Huntington, MA

Last Friday, Four Main Street Bar and Grill was the sight of a strange occurance – Jon Berman, encouraged by owner/Chef John Slattery, pulled out a guitar and did a half hour set of original tunes to the surprise of guests (and himself). This was followed up by a “screening” of four songs with producer Dave Chalfant, who has worked with bands such as Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers, Martin Sexton, Keller Williams, and The Nields, to name a few. Jon’s wicked excited to say that a five song EP is being recorded and working with Dave Chalfant is an honor, kind of scary, and just plain crazy. Stay tuned for more info as it unfolds.

1.14.11 / Jon Performed Live on Mass Appeal

Today Jon performed live on WWLP’s Mass Appeal.

Both of the songs he played (NYC in December and Picture In My Frame) will be on his upcoming album (release date TBA).

1.3.11 / Happy New Year from Four Main Street in Huntington, MA!

This just in: Jon will be performing on NBC affiliate WWLP Channel 22’s Mass Appeal on Friday, January 14 at 11am. If you can’t tune in during the day, you’ll be able to view the video either from this site or directly at the WWLP site. Stay tuned for more details.