Singer/Songwriter JL Stiles Releases THE HOUSE OF MURMURS
JL Stiles is a unique animal who for the first time is merging two totally different fields of truth seeking: Ragtime and higher mathematics. Both of these disparate strands filtered through a lifetime on the run, searching for a universal truth from psychedelic Brazilian forests to US college campuses and further into his own unique vision. JL Stiles has a mind that sees music in a similar way to how J.S. Bach saw music. However, Bach never played the blues.
As for the blues: JL has opened for many a blues great, including BB King, Etta James and JJ Cale. Surprisingly, looking at such a history, most of his originals would not be considered blues or folkways yet Maybelle Carter, Blind Blake and the rest of his honored forebears haunt everything he does, including his most recent song-of-the-ages release, 'JL Stiles Presents The House Of Murmurs', on which producer Etienne de Rocher (Sean Hayes) plied his remarkable talents. It's a bit confounding to box a one-off like JL, so the artist decided to mostly reserve his stunning rag time and blues guitar Madness for his other band, Hobo Paradise, which recently tore the house down at the legendary jazz club Yoshi's in San Francisco. In support of his new CD release, this spring JL will embark on a fully backed national tour over two months covering most of the US and shooting into Canada as well. Says JL about his new album, "I wanted to have an overall feel and arc to the CD as a complete listen straight through. Love, death, celestial connection and fighting the tyranny pretty much covers the whole album, but the album fits together by going from personal stories to epic stories and back to personal."
'Beside My Grave' video: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sPDNOqqyWjI