Dane Joneshill is a quiet man. A man accustomed to silence and the watching, listening and waiting that generally accompany it. He grew up in the coastal loneliness of rural Alaska- in a home tucked against the base of a mountain; a stone’s throw from the cold Pacific. Educated in a bush school by his own father, he remembers the focus of much of that class time, “We read books constantly, wrote poems and short stories when we weren’t reading, and played in the woods for hours. I have no memories of math or science, whatsoever”. Probably not a well-rounded education, but it forced words and language deep into his soul and forged a weld with the emotional power of story. With a lyricism more akin to a novelist than a songwriter, his songs are at once wry, charming and bittersweet. Like a Steinbeck book, they walk the tension of darkness and loss in order to find the lights of hope.
With his debut album "Everything That Rises Must Converge" Dane has created a piece that is dynamic and cohesive. Sonically the album stretches from fingerpicked folk to full-blown rock and ranges from stripped down to full band. Textured with a creaky old upright piano, hollow-body slide guitar, and dark cello, Dane delivers these songs in a voice that roars and whispers, always seeking the emotional heart of the song.A natural storyteller, Dane's songs paint pictures of places and people, times and moments that are rich with color and movement.