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Forest Sun

Forest Sun was born in upstate New York to folksinging back-to-the-land hippie parents. His dad used to chop wood with neighbor Garth Hudson of the Band and literally built the floor that Bob Dylan stood on at manager Albert Grossman’s Bearsville studios in Woodstock, NY. His mom heard Pete Seeger and Joan Baez play when they filmed a TV show in her uncles living room in Boston, and dated one of the Chambers Brothers before she met his dad. Weaned on a diet of Jackson Browne and Toots and the Maytals, some of Forest’s earliest memories are of his dad playing “Poncho and Lefty” by Townes Van Zandt and his mom singing Elizabeth Cotton’s “Freight Train”. Forest wrote songs with Rory Block when he was six years old, learned to juggle with WavyGravy when he was 9, and studied drumming with the late African master percussionist Babatunde Olatunji as a teenager. In college he played in a band with SNL star Maya Rudolph. They opened for No Doubt at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz before Forest left to study art in Spain.

A pioneer of the DIY movement he recorded his first record in his bedroom in San Francisco with bassist Seth Ford Young (Tom Waits, Edward Sharpe) and toured Europe for the first time, including playing at the Rally on Dam Square in Amsterdam for the Tibetan Freedom Concert where he first met Ben Harper, Alanis Morissette and Thom Yorke.

With over 68 million plays on Pandora, troubadour and award-winning songwriter, Forest Sun, enlivens audiences around the globe with his wealth of songs and stories, all sung and told in a laid-back California style. Sun's soulful music draws on a deep well of Americana and is compared to everyone from Jack Johnson, John Mayer and The Avett Brothers to Van Morrison and Bob Dylan. He’s played festivals from California (Strawberry Music Festival, American River Music Festival) to Europe (Belladrum in Scotland, Fiesta City in Belgium), opened for such luminaries as Lyle Lovett, Bonnie Raitt, Steve Earle, Keb' Mo', and toured with folks like Brett Dennen, Mason Jennings and the Beach Boys (Forest met famed Beach Boys producer Van Dyke Parks at a festival porch jam and later swapped songs on his piano at his house in LA). Musical collaborations on his records include members of Bob Dylans band, members of Calexico, Iron and Wine, Jolie Holland, JT Nero of Birds of Chicago, Sean Hayes, jam band ALO, and bluegrass band Hot Buttered Rum.

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”This cat has what it takes to make a mark. Sun's music is timeless… as fine a singer/songwriter as is out there”. - All Music Guide

“ ... stripped-back, slightly twangy evocative Americana set that is a delight from start to end.” - Maverick Magazine (UK)

“... alt country, folk-rock jams, creating a hodgepodge of comparisons that ranged from Jack Johnson to Ryan Adams to David Gray. ...even into Bob Dylan territory ... a daunting place to tread, but pulled off with the grace of a musical veteran.” Jessica Small - Santa Barbara Independent

“...a troubadour with a massive amount of talent.“ - Take Effect Reviews

“Forest Sun is an exceptional singer/songwriter

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Bob Dylan
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Toots & Maytals
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The Beach Boys
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Albums

That Other Shore

Painted Sun
2021

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Brighter Day

Painted Sun
2019

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That Other Shore

From: That Other Shore
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