Charlotte-based songsmith Jon Lindsay could give the Duracell bunny pause with his bevy of projects and creative moxie.
Over the last four years, Lindsay, a 30-year-old minister’s kid with an MFA in creative writing, has spent a lot of time working alongside other musicians. He played in two bands — the Young Sons and the Catch Fire — and served as the music director at Charlotte’s Machine Theatre. He also backed songwriter Nicole Atkins on tour and collaborated with wildman Benji Hughes.
His solo musical career officially started with the release of 2009’s Magic Winter and the Dirty South. The disc showcased his love for song craftsmanship and bright ’60s pop melodies, recalling acts like E.L.O., Big Star, and Matthew Sweet. With all its sumptuous warmth, last year’s full-length Escape from Plaza-Midwood earned glowing reviews.
Meanwhile, a possible double album is in the works this year. Tentatively titled The Summer Wilderness Program, the forthcoming collection is more traditionally arranged, extensively demoed material. Lindsay says it’s more of a rock record. Thematically he compares it to the Kink’s Arthur, suggesting it’s a more tightly focused, confessional-style portrait of one man’s place in life.
“This new one is relationship-oriented, where Escape from Plaza-Midwood was fun and had lots of pop culture stuff happening,” Lindsay says. “This time, I wanted something more heartfelt and stripped down.
“A lot has to do with longing for the sense of place,” he adds. “That neighborhood, honestly, only exists in my imagination now. It’s a metaphorical place that’s gone, turned into this cliché Hill Valley from Back to the Future.”
Lindsay wrote and demoed the new songs in the span of a month before taking them into the studio. He hints that a big label announcement is in the works. He’ll presumably be releasing the new album with his drummer/producer Chris Walldorf through his Sioux Sioux Studios.
“I would be lying if I said it didn’t give me the confidence to trust my gut on this one,” Lindsay says.