Whether you're a fan of Hawaiian-born Jack Johnson's laid back surfer folk vibe or not, it's hard not to be impressed with the man's unassuming lack of superstar ego. For a man who has sold nearly 20 million albums worldwide over the course of four simply constructed albums since 2001, Johnson has achieved enormous success on his own terms, building a huge and hugely loyal fanbase and even co-founding his own Brushfire label. A dedicated green energy enthusiast (both of his recording studios are solar powered) and family man, Johnson has helped disprove the notion that nice guys finish last.
New fifth studio album To the Sea, arriving June 1, was co-produced by Johnson, his bandmates bassist Merlo Podlewski, keyboardist Zach Gill, and drummer Adam Topol, and Johnson's longtime engineer Robert Carranza. The Jimi Hendrix-inspired lead single "You and Your Heart" kicks off with a tender hooked acoustic riff before evolving into a harmonied sing-along of simple but undeniable pleasure. As the follow up to his #1 charting 2008 Sleep Through the Static project, To the Sea promises no major changes to the Johnson attitude or sound -- just a 35-year-old man reflecting on life through the chords of a guitar. "Water is the subconscious," he reflects, "and that water for me is the ocean. To get to the sea is being able to dig in and touch things that aren't on the surface. That reference - that 'we've got to get to the sea' - is about a father leading his son to try to understand himself."
Jack Johnson - "You and Your Heart" (from the album To the Sea)
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