When I lived in Vancouver, I could always count of Jon-Rae Fletcher shows to be entertaining and epic drunken sing-alongs packed with a decent sized following of alt.country and indie-rock fans. I was happy to see that, after his relocation to Toronto, he's managed to build up a new fanbase and is getting ready to release another album in the very near future on Permafrost Records. For years, Jon-Rae put out beautiful self released albums with hand-made cover art on Deer and Bird Records, and you can listen to a few MP3s here. I particularly recommend the songs from Then Again, which was recorded by Popsheep's very own Jay. His last album, The Road, on Hive-Fi Records was fantastic and largely underappreciated by audiences outside of Vancouver. "It Shone", the song posted below, is my favourite track but the whole album is worth checking out. The live song is an amazing Townes Van Zandt cover that used to be a staple at Jon-Rae shows. This is a particularly good live solo-rendition played at Vancouver's Beautiful Music Festival in 2002.
Jon-Rae Fletcher and the River - It Shone
Jon-Rae Fletcher - Two Hands (live)
You can check out some of Jon-Rae's new songs, self described as "Gospel Hardcore", at New Music Canada.