Ethan's ready for his moment in the spotlight now
His name appears on the credits of an extraordinary roll-call of records by major artists from both sides of the Atlantic, yet Ethan Johns has only recently been revealing his own talents as a singer, songwriter and accomplished musician.
He is renowned as a producer of great intuition and diversity and his eclectic contribution includes albums by Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne, The Vaccines, Kings of Leon, Laura Marling and Tom Jones, to merely scratch the surface.
At the age of 43, Ethan has at last found time to record and release his own long player. It's a rich, mellow, thoughtful and beautiful collection of ten rock-tinged, bluesy country folk songs, produced by Dominic Monks and Jeremy Stacey, and mixed by his celebrated producer father, Glyn Johns, in Los Angeles.
The first limited edition of If Not Now Then When was released on Ethan's own Three Crows Records as a 180gm heavyweight gatefold vinyl record last November.
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"I buy vinyl when I can because it's a deeper listening experience than any of the digital formats, especially if the record has been cut and manufactured with care," he said. Ethan unveiled it on a low-key tour of independent record shops, including an inspiring appearance at Drift in Totnes – as well as Phoenix Sounds in Newton Abbot and Solo in Barnstaple – playing a few songs and taking questions from the audience.
Now, with the LP coming out in other formats, he's out on a proper venue tour – including a date at Exeter's Phoenix in a couple of weeks' time.
Ethan Johns plays at Exeter Phoenix on Wednesday, February 6. Box office: 01392 667080.