Raised in rural Pennsylvania, Ethan Jano was one of eight children. Jano’s earliest memories involve listening to his Dad and great uncle pick out old tunes from the likes of Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Elvis and Bob Dylan. When Jano turned eight, his Dad taught him his first guitar chords and one night around the campfire, Jano decided to break the ice by belting out a version of “Folsom Prison Blues” which seemed to leave everyone a little speechless.
Jano’s guttural vocals and peculiar delivery seem to blend traditional folk with rhythm and blues; a musical style inherited from a working class life that he has always known. Jano’s day job entails creating custom hardwood architecture at a Lumber mill in Boswell, Pennsylvania.
The debut album, I’ll Be Fine, was recorded at POGO Studios and will be released on February 10. The 12 songs authoritatively address unjust wars, which take place on both large and personal scales — a suite of topical folk songs that are as relevant today as their predecessors 50 years ago.
“Wildfire” by Ethan Jano