Canvas did a short documentary about William Onyeabor and us, the Atomic Bomb Band leading up to the show at the Southbank Centre. Check it out! I get a little cameo and a clip of me playing the ol sparkle stratocaster guitar.
I was asked by good friends, Brian Geltner and Hilary Hawke, to play pedal steel on on their Brooklyn based band, Dubl Handi’s record last year and its come out to to rave reviews.
NoDepression.com has a nice
review of it, and I get a nice mention, “Jonny Lam provides subtle pedal steel that cries just under the surface and is quite a dramatic addition to the performance.”
Jim Campilongo’s record, “Last Night, This Morning”, featuring Honeyfingers (Jonny Lam – pedal steel, lap steel guitar Luca Benedetti – telecaster guitar, Roy Williams – gypsy guitar, Dave Speranza – upright bass, Russ Meissner – drums) just came in on vinyl. It looks and sounds incredible. You should pick up a copy if you havent!! It looks like it has sold out on Amazon, but you can pick up copies at Jim’s shows in New York or Brooklyn!
This past fall we played a wonderful concert at Royal Festival Hall in London for Meltdown festival curated by David Byrne.
I played pedal steel and guitar with Sinkane earlier in the week and we were performing as the Atomic Bomb Band featuring; David Byrne, Amadou and Miriam, Hot Chip, Moses Sumney,The Mahotella Queens and Charles Lloyd. We also had a guest choir of over 100 members to help us sing the last 2 songs, it was something special to be in that room. Sinkane had jsut finished an extremely long run in Europe and we were excited to finish up in London with this special event. Here is the full concert in HD!
Earlier this summer, The Atomic Bomb Band (Sinkane, Money Mark, Pat Mahoney, Antibalas horns) played Bonnaroo festival! Here is a great video of our set. Our special guests were; Saxophone legend Charles Lloyd, Jamie Lidell, Mike Floss, and Luke Jenner. It was a great show, and we went to the amazing Blackbird Studios to record for a few days. I got to try a 56 Fender Stratocaster guitar through a Dumble amplifier, which is one of the most expensive combinations ever!