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The October Sky
Artist: Jon Black
Label: Rebuilt Records 
10 tracks / 37:55

“There’s a million other people / From here to Amsterdam / And a million other singers / Who sing better than I can / But that’s all right, ‘cause
you’re here / With me tonight / And there’s a million other great songs / being written as I sing… / But that’s all right, ‘cause you’re here / With
me tonight” ­Jon Black, “Glory, Hallelujah.”

Just a few years ago, South Carolina-based singer/songwriter Jon Black was living a Dilbertesque existence at a software company. After a wake up call in the form of a corporate fire drill, he decided to leave his day job to follow his dream of becoming a full-time musicians. We should all be thankful he did. Black’s latest indie release, The October Sky, is filled with likeable tunes and positive energy.

When he entered a Nashville studio back in October 2005, Black enlisted some heavy-hitters, including Grammy Award-winning producer Mitch Dane (Jars of Clay) and Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer Richard Dodd (Tom Petty, Wilco, Johnny Cash). The resulting recordings are evidence that following a dream can lead to great things. Black’s acoustic-based songs delve into the restlessness of spirituality and the comfort found in a relationship with the Creator.

The October Sky is the first fruit of Black’s full-time devotion to music, there’s stellar prospects for future releases.

RIYL: Jason Harwell, John Mayer, Wilco, Nickel Creek

Greg Adams



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