FROM SOLO ALBUMS:
First Snow in Kenai
Oh, To Be
From BLACKFISH 1 :
Blackfish 1: track 2
"If it’s true that you can judge the
character of a man by the quality of the company he keeps then JG Everest
is by all accounts a complete bad-ass. Active on the Twin Cities music
scene for nearing two decades, he’s an accomplished guitarist who’s
spent time working with a who’s who of nationally known TC artists
from Slug to Dosh, and currently can be found showing off his impeccable
ax-play with neo-folk traditionalists Roma di Luna and deep soul party
poppers Vicious Vicious (how’s that for versatility?). He also hosts
a sort of "Inside the Actors Studio" for Minnesota Musicians
entitled "Making Music" where he's picked the brain of such
notable figures as Andrew Bird and proven himself as adept in the role
of indie-rock James Lipton as he is at rocking his six string...."(more)
LIVE REVIEW (excerpt) - JG EVEREST
at 331 Club, Minneapolis.
"Everest started off the evening with an acoustic guitar strapped
around his body, but so much more was in store than just the strum of
those six strings. You see, his band was beneath his feet. His pedals
looped the percussion of his hand against the strings, the gentle picking
of a melody, a bow scraped across the strings and then the strumming of
chords. How many different sounds can you get from one hollow-bodied instrument?
Add to that maelstrom the sharp ring of the glockenspiel, a trumpet’s
wail and the screams and faux beat-box looped from James’s mouth.
Then came the gritty vocals winding their way through the sound. His sister
Mary added some piano and there were two violinists seated in front of
the stage. This was like the lo-fi bedroom experimentation of a musician
with a new eight-track recorder—adding layer after layer to a simple
song. As the song went along and loops were added and deleted, it became
impossible to tell what sound was coming from where. Where are those timid
squeals of feedback coming from? Is that a violin, a piano or an electronic
oboe? Do I hear tap dancing? Is this really happening? The sound was looping,
building and swelling to its climax, then suddenly, with a couple taps
of his feet, JG Everest’s melodious cacophony came to a halt with
barely an echo left hanging in the air..."
- HowWasTheShow.com -August 2007
REVIEWS FOR HUSH MONEY
"deeply felt...fodder for all of those saturday-evening-to-sunday-afternoons
spent counting stars and connecting the dots between emotion and thought."
- City Pages
"a painstakingly lush collection of songs layered with guitar and
keyboard loops, sweeping synth and effects-pedal washes, and pretty, breathy
faux-naive vocals. "
- Chicago Reader
James Everest has been a seemingly omnipresent character on the Minneapolis
music scene for nearly a decade, making his name with a wide variety of
groups and recording projects (among them The Sensational Joint Chiefs
and Lateduster) and playing a key role in organizing the wildly successful
electronic music showcase “Cross Faded Thursdays” at the Dinkytowner.
- Pulse of the Twin Cities
"Hush Money is full of ambient, down-beat but often sweet guitar-pop
à la Elliott Smith, with the arty sonic flourishes that Lateduster
fans would expect"
- Minneapolis StarTribune
"On his solo effort, Everest explores loss, jealousy, and regret
with a gentle thoughtfulness that shines through on his introspective
songs. With background help from Martin Dosh (DOSH), Andrew Broder (FOG),
Tim Glenn (NEOTROPIC, FOG) and Ryan Lovan (HALEY BONAR, ROMA DI LUNA),
Everest proves he's not just a strong bandmate, but also a gifted singer/songwriter."
- St Paul Pioneer Press