Posted on Jul 1 by SEASONS Magazine

Boom Forest, courtesy photo.

Standing Sun LIVE presents an intimate night of food, wine, and great live music from Boom Forest, the spiritual incarnation of contemporary folk singer John Paul Roney, at 7:30 p.m. on July 7.

A son of Wisconsin, Roney’s musical education began in his small-town church, where he taught himself to harmonize to hymns so he could sing alongside his family. Though he never learned to read music, he still traveled across Europe, the Americas, and Asia as the soloist for an internationally regarded boy choir. As he began writing his own songs, he quickly realized music could be a portal to people’s innermost sanctums, and that the right song could be a powerful vehicle for truth and beauty.  Roney’s whole artistic project centers on building authentic human connections—the intimate atmosphere his music creates has been said to be so captivating that you won’t even feel the need to reach for your phone.

Such folk earnestness is central to Roney’s approach to art. For years he toured the country without recorded music, simply to practice the folk tradition of the wandering bard. He spent the entirely of 2010 allowing himself access only to the objects and technologies people had access to in the 60s, a sort of techno-cleanse for the purposes of artistic and spiritual development. The resulting music was heartfelt and observant, a meditation on what it means to be human in an increasingly automated world. Boom Forest’s forthcoming album Post Knight Errant is a new chapter in a world in which there is an eternal struggle between humans and machines. The Boom Forest canon serves as an evolving battle hymn to help humanity reawaken – the message: better to live and die a human than to sleepwalk through eternal digital slavery.

Standing Sun is located at 92 2nd St. in Buellton. Doors open at 7 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit

Jessica Morelli


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