Johnathan Rice (Los Angeles)
Like thousands of artists, singer/songwriter Johnathan Rice moved to New York City to pursue a career in music right after high school. Unlike most, he succeeded, releasing a pair of albums in the mid-’00s on Reprise Records. Rice scored a lot of TV and film placement deals, toured the world and played shows with the likes of R.E.M. and Bright Eyes and even scored a role in the Johnny Cash flick Walk the Line, in which he played Roy Orbison. But his records weren’t big sellers. In Los Angeles, Rice began doing sideman work, joining Jenny Lewis’ touring band and striking up a relationship with the former Rilo Kiley singer, which led to the formation of Jenny and Johnny. The duo signed to Warner Brothers and released the Pop-tastic I’m Having Fun Now in 2010. Rice finally returned to his solo work and recorded his just-released third album, Good Graces, his first since 2007.
YDIIYD: Neil Young, Graham Parsons, Jenny and Johnny. (MB)