Jonnie Wallace – ‘You’ Review

Jonnie Wallace has made big leaps recently ever since his departure into a solo career.
The singer/songwriter has developed strongly, stepping away from the more rock inspired music of his past with former band Ayakara. He is also evolving, changing things up musically as going from previously being solely a drummer to writing his own guitar songs, his new single ‘You’ is released next month. ‘You’ is a charming and sentimental love song dedicated to an anonymous someone. The song is sweet and warm, featuring careful guitar work and well mixed soft vocals. The song features accompanying strings which build up the wooing romantic tone of the song. Jonnie Wallace sings from the heart with a tune that you can’t help but smile and hum along to. The multi-talented musician writes music that’s made for anyone and this song is perfect for easy listening. Jonnie Wallace is inspired by other acoustic songwriters such as Lewis Capaldi but keeps his songs largely personal and meaningful. ‘You’ is anonymous and lets you fill in the blanks for yourself, maybe even reminding you of who ‘you’ would be to you.

‘You’ is released on the 15th of March. Listen to the rest of Jonnie’s music here:

Catch Jonnie’s next gig on the ninth of March supporting Cloud of Starlings at The Hug and Pint.

Follow Jonnie on Facebook (Jonnie Wallace Music) and Instagram (@Jonnie_wallace_music)

Jonnie is also part of a three-piece rock band ‘Felix and the Sunsets’.  A review of their upcoming single ‘Deja Vu’ can be found here.

Photo – Cameron Avery

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Separating The Art From The Artist

(This blog is about Scottish music, but I felt it was important to do a post on the recent abuse allegations against one of my favourite artists, Ryan Adams.)

I’d say I’ve listened to Ryan Adams at least 3 times a week for the past 3 years. He’s one of my favourite artists and songwriters. But I’ve spent the past 2 days listening to Adams on a private session on Spotify so people can’t see that I’ve been listening to the artist recently accused of emotional abuse and sexual harassment.

Adams has been accused by many as taking an interest in new female singers, then offering to help kick start their careers (Starting your career with one of the most significant singer songwriters of the 21st century behind you isn’t a bad way to start, where could it go wrong?) and then he would move in on them. Flirty texts and a blatant pursuit of sex. If he faced rejection or the fling ended, he’d turn emotionally and verbally abusive and refuse to release the music he’d worked on with whichever female artist that rejected him, leading them on and dangling success in front of them and denying it in some perverted power fantasy. He’s been called controlling and manipulating by his ex-wife and has been described as being a very erratic person. On top of all this, the FBI are investigating claims he had been texting a 14-year-old girl and exposed himself to her over skype.

People shouldn’t have to stop listening to the music they love at the fault of the artists. This behaviour and these situations should not be happening. Artists should not be using their power to their advantage with sex. This story is consistent, it’s heart-breaking, and it’s happened too many times.

Ryan Adams vomits back up one of the longest running moral debate in music. Can you separate the art from the artist? Does the artist deserve for you to still listen to and support the music? Is it enough of a revolt to just stopping listening to the artist or should we all be doing more?

Photo by: Laura Mussleman