£19.99 – LP
Ethan Johns is renowned for the vividness and purity of his productions with the likes of Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne, Laura Marling and Paul McCartney. But Johns has always worn more than one hat; for starters, he’s an accomplished musician on a variety of instruments. He first came into view as the drummer/guitar player with Crosby, Stills and Nash and then as a guitarist in Emmylou Harris’ band, and subsequently, as a producer, Johns frequently contributed on both sides of the control room glass. He played all the lead guitars, drums, bass and piano on LaMontagne’s 2004 breakthrough debut album, Trouble, for example, while handling a variety of instrumental duties on the various Adams LPs he helmed. More recently, the rarefied level of this polymath’s talents as a songwriter and performer have been revealed through his belated entry into the artist arena.