ohn Gaar is a captivating soulful singer with a deft and provocative guitar style that converges to create a powerful and indelible impression. Emanating from the cultural-musical diversity of a rural Louisiana upbringing is the distinct style and energy of his music. His acclaimed 2004 titled Bittersweet Success debut album introduced his style to the world and his latest album, 2011's Brighter Side of Maybe, brings it to new heights. Gaar's sound is a purely post-modern expression of the artistic and cultural journey that has transformed southern roots into music into a sonic organic sound of America. His distinctive sound embraces multiple eras and genres, including blues, rock, folk, Americana and jazz, all of which he is well-versed. For John Gaar, the common bond between these influences is the underlying storytelling, the power of song to convey human experience and emotional ties to a spiritual connection.
Brighter Side of Maybe introduces ten new introspectively written songs about life experiences which allow the listener to connect between the music of John Gaar and their own lives. Brighter Side of Maybe reunites keyboardist Ron D'Argenio and John Gaar after their successful recording and tour of 2004's Bittersweet Success project. Ron D'Argenio takes a formidable role as Producer and keyboardist on 2011's Brighter Side of Maybe. Gaar and D'Argenio worked closely together to mold and hone ideas for the collection of songs that became Brighter Side of Maybe, recorded by Congress House Studio in Austin, Texas. "The vibe is really conducive to making magic happen here at Congress House Studio," says Gaar. We were fortunate to have the skills and exceptional musicianship from the talents of longtime friends, New York bassist, Mark Harris, powerhouse drummer percussionist, Cody Banks, dear friend and brother, Malford Milligan, soulful vocalist, Micheal Cross, vocalist Ginger Leigh, strings creation, Warren Hood and Brian Standerfer and the hard working creative staff at Congress House Studio.