Fishman Artist // Jon Pousette-DartWhat can you say about Jon Pousette-Dart? Growing up in a household of artists, including his father, grandfather, and sister, he separated himself by picking up a guitar at the age of 10, and mapping out a life in music before he ever attended a little league game. He and best friend Jonathan Meredith ( son of actor Burgess Meredith) proceeded to spend their teens learning every song they heard on the radio, and soon joined Soupy Sales two sons, Hunt and Tony, to become part of the teen sensation "Tony and the Tigers". At the ripe age of 13 they began playing with Soupy on the TV shows, "Hullabaloo", "To Tell the Truth", opening with Soupy for the Animals at Steel Pier Atlantic City, Murray the K's in NYC, Palisades Amusement Park, with features in the 16 Magazine as well as other rock and roll rags of the period. An intriguing intro to a life in music. Tony and Hunt went on to work with Iggy Pop, Todd Rundgren, and The Tin Machine with David Bowie.
In 1972, Jon met his manager-to-be Don Law while opening for John Hammond at the Chicken Box in Nantucket, MA. Jon moved to Boston after their meeting to begin working with Don. In 1973 Jon formed the Pousette- Dart Band with John Troy, his college mate from the University of Pacific, and a new recruit John Curtis from Boston. The band became a mainstay on the Northeastern College circuit, as well as playing many concerts in the Boston area with the top acts of the era. In 1975 legendary promotion man Al Coury signed the group to Capitol. The first album, Pousette-Dart Band, was released in 1976, followed by Amnesia (1977), Pousette-Dart Band 3 (1979) and Never Enough (1980). Although the band worked the pop music arena, three of its Capitol albums were cut in Nashville with award-winning producer Norbert Putnam. Jon captained the Pousette-Dart Band through their four Capitol albums, a run that acquainted a generation with his formidable gifts as a singer, songwriter, arranger, guitarist and all-around musical adventurer. During this time the band became one of the busiest touring groups in the US working with such acts as The Byrds, Bonnie Raitt, Little Feat, James Taylor, The J. Geils Band, Eddie Money, Charlie Daniels Band, Manfred Mann, Jonathan Edwards, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Emmylou Harris, Father Guido Sarducci, Randy Newman, Journey, Billy Joel, and many more including the now famous Frampton Comes Alive tour, and the progressive Yes Fragile tour - playing arenas from Coast to Coast.
"When things got scary - as the seventies petered out and the eighties skulked in," Pousette-Dart muses, "while folks were trying to figure out how they ever got stuck in the position of having to choose between Donna Summer and Johnny Rotten, the original Pousette-Dart Band did what any halfway moral, responsible band would do - we took a break." Pousette- Dart, however, kept on trucking.
The post Capitol years have been productive for Jon, establishing himself as a respected songwriter in collaborations with NRBQ's Al Anderson, Gary Burr, Jennifer Kimball, John Bohlinger, Tom Kimmel, Fred Knobloch, and more. Jon continues to work as a session singer and musician, and in film & TV, working on jingles, producing 5 episodes of the History Channel's series "Gunfighters of the West", acting in a national Diet Coke ad, as well as getting a his song "Fall On Me" placed in ABC's wildly successful American serial drama television series "Lost".
In 1997, he recorded the solo album Ready To Fly. He subsequently re-titled the collection Put Down Your Gun to support the Anti-Handgun Coalition. He garnered forces with, and had songs recorded by blues diva Toni Lynn Washington, roots rock artist Drew Emmit, recorded with Jesse Winchester, Valerie Carter, John Sebastion, Jim Horn, Victor Krauss, and many others. Jon's album Sample This was released in 2000, containing tracks he recorded with Kostas. In 2005 his album Heart and Soul was released featuring drummer extraordinaire Billy Ward, most of the original PDB members, and current band members Jim Chapdelaine and Eric Parker.
Jon's fourth solo release Anti-Gravity, was released on Little Big Deal Records in the Fall of 2010, and includes several co-production efforts by Gary Nicholson and Darrell Scott, both who collaborated with Jon on several songs. Anti-Gravity also features songs written with Darrell Scott, Angelo, Jaime Kyle, and musical guests Reese Wynans and Jonell Mosser. Jim Chapdelaine mixed and mastered the recording with passion.
Jon continues his solo and band performances around the country. In addition to performing, he continues working hard on the Estate of Richard Pousette-Dart, which promotes the works of his late father, the eminent abstract expressionist. Jon has worked with his family developing shows for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of Art, The Phillips Collection in DC, The Indianapolis Museum of Fine Art, the Knoedler Gallery in NYC, the Museums of Fine Arts in Houston and Boca Raton, as well as ACA Munich, the Schirne Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, Los Angeles County Museum of Fine Art, the San Francisco Museum of Fine Art, and the Cleveland Museum of Fine Art, The Guggenheim, Venice Italy and an exclusive exhibition at The Guggenheim in NYC. From October 2010 to April 2011 The Museum of Modern Art presented a major exhibition titled Abstract Expressionist New York, which included works from Richard.