Evan Cantor:  music, art, writing

Evan is an artist, musician and occasional writer living in Boulder, Colorado. As an artist, he has been a regular contributor to Wild Earth, Wildflower and High Country News.   His illustrations have adorned books published by Westcliffe, the Southern Rockies Ecosystem Project and, most recently, "The Landscape Of Home", published by the Rocky Mountain Land Library.  Evan was the Southern Rockies Field Editor for Wildflower magazine and continues to contribute material to Blazing Star, the current periodical of the North American Native Plant Society.  He was named as a Redrock Artist-Activist by the Southern Utah Wilderness Association and received an award from the Colorado Wilderness Coalition for his contributions in art and music to wilderness in Colorado.  For almost thirty years, his artwork graced the product line of Juniper Ridge Western Wild Goods:  http://www.juniperridge.com/  Juniper Ridge has recently up-graded to a full-color marketing scheme, but, if you're lucky, you might still see some of Evan's art on their website.


His writing has appeared in the Canyon Country Zephyr, Black Ice, Wildflower, Blazing Star and has been syndicated in over 40 western newspapers via Writers On The Range.  He recently published a novel, "Rogue's Gallery" under the pseudonym T. Winston Mojo.  You can find it at Amazon, just search for T. Winston Mojo.  "Rogue's Gallery" is a Kerouackian journey into the smallness of institutional life, punctuated by the scathing hilarity that only years of contemplation can distill.  So far, so good, everybody seems to love this book.

 

Musically, Evan is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He has been in and out of bands since 1973 when he first strapped on a $30 Kay bass in a friend’s garage and sang “Riot In Cell Block #9”.  In various incarnations, he has performed rockabilly, prog-rock, blues, jazz, country, punk & new wave, bluegrass, folk, classic rock, explored the avant-garde and done Elvis imitations.  Groups include Walls Of Genius, Rumours Of Marriage, Polyester Prophecy, MotoSapien, Strange New Worlds, New Cosmic Americans and Too Much Jones.  He is currently out front with his Guild jumbo and harmonicas with Boulder folk rock ensemble "the CBDs", playing medicinal music, good for what ails ya. 

 

He is perhaps most well known for his 1980's Boulder performance art troupe 'Walls Of Genius', which was an anti-response to the music business.  Check out All Music Guide for these “unknown legends of rock’n’roll” at: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/walls-of-genius-p289522  You can see AMG's review of WoG’s “lost classic” 1984 release “Before…And After” at: http://www.allmusic.com/album/beforeand-after-r332517 See also Aural Innovations' reviews of WoG:  http://www.aural-innovations.com/issues/issue30/fyodor03.html  More Walls of Genius stuff is available at haltapes.com and bandcamp.

 

Currently, Evan is also doing solo gigs, playing whatever it is that people want to hear at the different venues.  His repertoire (see page for nearly complete song list) includes jazz, blues, folk, country, pop, rock, traditionals and bluegrass.  Evan sings and usually plays his jumbo Guild acoustic, punctuating with blues-harp and straight harmonica.