- Type: People Who Play
Artistry. Artistry is defined as a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation. When a musician falls in love with one genre and the sounds of that genre satisfy them, they can happily perform in that idiom to the exclusion of all others. But if an artist comes of age in an environment where music is loved equally, regardless of what genre it should be called, then that artist is only content to recreate all the sounds that they love on their chosen instruments. Jonathan Maness loves the sound of the steel-string acoustic guitar and other bluegrass instruments. But he also loves the musical vocabulary of classical, jazz, blues, and world idioms. When you hear Jonathan perform, you may hear blues licks over a driving bluegrass groove. You may also hear jazz ideas juxtaposed with a flamenco rhythm. Jonathan's live shows consist of his guitar and mandolin and a loop pedal that allows interesting realtime overdubs and soaring guitar harmonies. No matter what you hear, you can rest assured it will be "Acoustic ... On The Edge!".
Jonathan Maness is also proud to announce that he is touring with Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike playing his Weber sunburst Bitterroot mandolin and guitar. Keep an eye out for Jonathan's mandolin work on Val's upcoming gospel record, "Getting Ready For Sunday"