Gentle Spirit, Jonathan Wilson’s critically acclaimed 2011 solo debut, sounded like Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young getting high on The Dark Side Of The Moon. The new Fanfare sets the Wayback Machine for a slightly more recent vintage—roughly 1975. The Sopwith Camel cover and occasional jazz flute filigree notwithstanding, Fanfare sounds like Crosby, Stills & Nash crashing the recording sessions for Wish You Were Here, only to find out that Steely Dan has already done all the blow. Tin soldiers and Nixon have come and gone. Jimmy Carter’s in the White House and Cecil Taylor is on the lawn. Wilson will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on him.
Wilson: This joint is a hit on many fronts. Vintage bowling Lanes, great French wine, great food, brunch till 3 p.m. and a great coffeeshop called Crema in the corner of the building. I was just in Nashville for a month making the new Conor Oberst record, and this was my spot. My Nashville tour guides were the amazing singers Nikki Lane and Jenny O; couldn’t go wrong with those two on your side.