The Last Best Place

by John Hayes

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My Two Cents 03:49
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Story Goes 04:17
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Eights 03:28
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I Am 04:35
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Be 04:17
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Anonymous 04:09
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Controller 03:25

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'The Last Best Place' sees Minneapolis- based pianist, John Hayes, return with his second full-length release. Inspired by the unexpected loss of a friend along with moving into a new studio space, 'The Last Best Place' captures a range of emotions as well as Hayes’ intimate recording process. What began as a single solo piano piece, written to calm his nerves after the loss of his friend, quickly evolved. New spaces led to new compositions and finally, the album was born. Each piece was written softly, late at night, wanting to tell their own story, yet all finding a way to remain connected to the same narrative.

-"The Last Best Place was very much an unexpected album for me. After recently moving into a new studio I was dealing with several different anxieties. Being on my own for the first time, another unexpected loss of a friend, trying to progress my music. All these things lead to a great deal of uncertainty in my life. It is funny how we always tend to gravitate towards the things that are most familiar to us during uncertain times. For me, that will always be music. One day I finally decided to sit down and take the time to record these pieces that I had been playing during this time. The result is this album. Maybe some of these songs will calm you the way they calmed me. I hope so. With so much busy going on, sometimes it is necessary to take a step back, close your eyes, and just listen."-

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released May 15, 2020

In dedication to Bradley Johnson. "The Last Best Place" is a common nickname for the state of Montana, a place Brad cherished.
All songs were written, performed and mixed by John Hayes at his Emerson Studio.
Mastered by Martyn Heyne (Nils Frahm, Peter Broderick, Luke Howard) at Lichte Studio
​Album Artwork: Moriah Wolfe
Label: Sonder House

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John Hayes Minneapolis, Minnesota

John Hayes is a multi-instrumentalist and producer from Minneapolis, Minnesota. His debut solo album By The Woods was released in December of 2018 by New York-based label Sonder House. The debut was well received garnering attention from various publications and establishing Hayes as an upcoming new artist on the scene. ... more

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