Jon Martin and Lovers is a gang of pals from southern Alberta that got together in 2019 to make a hazy blend of Alt-Country, Americana, and British pop music. Led by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jon Martin, …and Lovers guides audiences across fields of enveloping melodies, through tales of bittersweet love, and into the trenches of rock and roll. The influence of life under prairie skies—with all of its beauty and heartbreak—is heard ringing throughout every one of their songs.
Focused on craft, honesty, and musicality, each member of the group, including Jon Martin (vocals, piano, guitar), Joel Grey (guitar, slide guitar, vocals), Jason Oakes (guitar, vocals), Max Hopkins (keyboards, vocals), and Paul Holden (bass), brings a wealth of creativity, perspective, and experience to Martin’s songs.
The band is currently recording brand-new music at Green Recording Company, in Lethbridge, AB, and collaborating with drummers Emily Dolan Davies (Brian Ferry, The Darkness), “Hurtin’ Albertan” Brady Valgardson (Corb Lund), and Nate Barnes (Rose Hill Drive). The amazing 2020 Jon Martin and Lovers had planned—with a brand-new full-length debut LP, confirmed festival performances, and other special events—has been put on to 2021/22 out of necessity and to leave much-needed space for the many political, social, and cultural changes happening in the world.
The band’s first release was a dual-single featuring the songs “Young Heart’s and “Here Right Now” on September 20th, 2019. Their music has been played on CBC Radio One (Key of A, Homestretch, Eye Opener).