Groove-heavy folk rock landing somewhere between Bill Withers and The Band is what Edmonton’s Jey Witten is all about. His debut self-titled album featured stripped-down renditions of old soul tunes by a handful of artists including Gil Scott-Heron, Curtis Mayfield and Allen Toussaint. The album received positive reviews in both the Edmonton Journal and the Vancouver Sun, lots of airplay around Alberta and one of the songs landed him a spot as a finalist in the 2013 Calgary Folk Fest songwriting contest.
One month after the album’s release, Jey Witten was back in the studio refining his alternative take on folk music with Renny Wilson of Mint Records. Witten’s sophomore album “The Wide Eyed” was recorded on tape and features a number of vintage musical instruments. The album was produced by Scott Franchuk and Renny Wilson (who also plays bass and drums on some tracks) and features up-and-coming Edmontonian musicians of the jazz-rock group N3K. In August 2014, Witten will be performing at the Canmore Folk Festival.
At his live shows, you might catch him chanting blues poetry or wailing on his acoustic guitar. Jey Witten’s enjoys drinking orange crush, wearing funky shoes and visiting border towns.