Johnathan Rice Biography, Age, Songs, Albums, The Long Game

Johnathan Rice Biography

Johnathan Rice is a Scottish-American singer and songwriter who mostly collaborates with Lewis Jenny. The first album, Trouble is Real was released on April 26, 2005. follow up was Further North released on September 11, 2007.


Rice was born in Alexandria, Virginia on May 27, 1983. He is 39 years old as of 2022.

Johnathan Rice Dating

He was dating with Jenny Lewis.

Early Life

Rice was born in Alexandria, Virginia on May 27, 1983. He spent his childhood between there and his parents’ native Glasgow, Scotland.

He attended two high schools, Washington’s all-male Jesuit Gonzaga College High School and Glasgow’s Turnbull High School in the suburb of Bishopbriggs.

Johnathan Rice Career

Before leaving school, Johnathan met Chris Keup, a Virginian singer, songwriter and self- styles A&R man. Keup produced Rice’s first records, the first song Heart and Mind EP, which got recorded in Charlottesville and informally released on Keup’s own Grantham Dispatch Records.
At the age of 18, Rice moved to New York from Virginia with over 900 copies of the heart and minded EP with an intention of launching his career.

He arrived in New York A few days before the attack on the World Trade Center that happened on September 11, 2001.

Imaginary of the incidence and the aftermaths appeared in the lyrics of several of the songs on Trouble Is Real, including ” City On Fire”, “Put me in Your Holy War” and “Salvation Day”.
Rice played folk clubs in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

He lived in an apartment in mid-town Manhattan and worked different jobs to pay the rent all the while writing the songs that would make up his album.
After several attempts to make Trouble is Real, Rice enlisted Mike Mogis, the producer of Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley and The Faint. the album was then recorded for over five weeks in Lincoln,Nebraska.

They worked together with Nate Walcott to create a diverse sound for the album, with most songs leading into another as a single work of music. The album was released on April 26, 2005.
Rice has toured Trouble is Real extensively.

In most cases as a support act such as Jesse Harris, Mason Jennings, Marth Wainwright, and Jenny Lewis. The group introduced to Rice’s music through guitarist Peter Buck selected him to support them in London’s Hyde Park in 2005. Rice and his band played the concert in front of 80,000 people.

Johnathan Rice Songs

2019-The Long Game
2019-Meet the Mother
2019-Below the Deck
2013-Nowhere at the Speed of Light
2013-Acapulco Gold
2013-Lou Rider
2013-My Heart Belongs to You
2013-Surfer’s Lament
2007-We’re All Stuck Out in the Desert
2007-The Middle of the Road
2007-End of the Affair
2007-It Couldn’t Be Me
2007-The Ballad of King Coyote
2007-It Is Best to Keep It All Inside
2007-What Am I Going to Do?
2005-My Mother’s Son
2005-Leave the Light On
2005-Hickory Wind
2005-The Acrobat;
2005-Break So Easy
2005-Mid November
2005-You’re My Baby
2005-Put Me in Your Holy War
2005-Kiss Me Goodbye
2005-Salvation Day
2005-I Wouldn’t Miss It for the World
2005-Lady Memphis
2005-Behind the Frontlines
2005-Short Song for Strings
2005-City on Fire
2004-So Sweet
2003-Blood of God

Johnathan Rice Films

  • Walk the Line (2005) – Roy Orbison
  • Song One (2014)-Composer, soundtrack producer
  • Ricki and the Flash (2015) – Writer: “Cold One”

Meet The Mother

Johnathan Rice’s new song “Meet the Mother” was inspired by a conversation with Bill Murray about relationships. The song is written in a traditional form of style.

The funny little song comes accompanied by a funny little video starring 69-year-old vital sensation Lili Hayes. the clip was directed by Hayes’ son the same guy behind the lens of most of her social media videos.

Johnathan Rice Collaborations with Jenny Lewis, Elvis Costello and others

Rice joined the touring band of Jenny Lewis in 2006 and played Rabbit Fur Coat on her debut album. This was the start of a long stint of Lewis collaborations.

The band started performing a Rice composition during the second leg of the tour, “Carpetbaggers.” This song was later to be recorded for Lewis ‘ second solo album, Acid Tongue 2008, with Elvis Costello reinterpreting the original vocal part of Rice.

Costello enjoyed the session with Lewis and Rice so much that he decided to record a full album of new material with Lewis, Rice, Farmer Dave Scher and Jason Lader in his band, the Imposters, resulting in 2008’s Momofuku.

Rice enlisted producers Farmer Dave Scher and Jason Lader at Los Angeles ‘ Sound City Studios in the winter of 2006 to make his second album, Further North. The record was mixed at the Sound Factory in Hollywood and mastered by Greg Calbi in New York City.

On September 11, 2007, the record was released. Seven of the eleven songs of the record have been co-written with Jenny Lewis.

Rice toured with Ben Gibbard in the spring of 2007, Jenny Lewis and David Bazan finishing their tour on the Showbox in Seattle on May 21, 2007.

Again Rice toured the record extensively with both a full band and an acoustic solo, again mostly as a support act for the Good Life, Rilo Kiley, Matt Costa and the Redwalls.

Rice co-headlined a tour with Azure Ray’s Maria Taylor in 2008 and played the Sunset Junction festival in Los Angeles.

In 2008, on Jenny Lewis ‘ second solo album, Acid Tongue, Rice acted as a producer, musician, and co-songwriter. The record was recorded back in time at Sound City Studios with Elvis Costello’s Momofuku. For her 2008-09 world tour, which included memorable performances at the Coachella and Bonnaroo festivals, Rice joined Lewis ‘ touring band again.

This would also lead to collaboration in 2010, like Jenny and Johnny, with girlfriend Jenny Lewis. On August 31, 2010, Warner Brothers released their first album, I’m Having Fun Now.

Jenny and Johnny toured the world in 2010-12. They supported Pavement on several stops on their 2010 reunion tour.

Johnathan Rice Trouble Is Real

Rice arrived in New York two days before the attack on the World Trade Center. Imaginary of the attacks and their aftermaths appear in the lyrics of several of the songs on Trouble Is Real.

Johnathan Rice The Emerald Triangle Tour

For a five-date California-only show run dubbed “The Emerald Triangle Tour,” Rice joined Vetiver’s Andy Cabic, Farmer Dave Scher and Jonathan Wilson in October–November 2009.

The tour took the band through the Emerald Triangle, a three-county area that grows and harvests the vast majority of California’s marijuana.

The newly formed group said in a press release that the tour was aimed at “having fun and celebrating the current Green Rush.” The tour was featured in the “High Times Magazine” issue of May 2010.

Johnathan Rice The Long Game

Artist: Johnathan Rice
Album: The Long Game
Released: 2019
Genre: Folk

Johnathan Rice Below The Deck

Artist: Johnathan Rice
Album: The Long Game
Released: 2019
Genre: Folk

Walk The Line

Rice played Roy Orbison in the Oscar-winning 20th Century Fox film Walk the Line alongside Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon and contributed to its platinum-selling, GRAMMY-winning, T-Bone Burnett-produced soundtrack.

Johnathan Rice Tour

Sat, May 4
9:00 PM
Columbus, OH
Rumba Café

Mon, May 6
8:00 PM
Pittsburgh, PA
Club Cafe

Thu, May 9
7:00 PM
Philadelphia, PA
Johnny Brenda’s

Fri, May 10
5:00 PM
New York
The Bell House

Thu, May 16
8:00 PM
Providence, RI
Columbus Theatre

Fri, May 17
8:00 PM
Fairfield, CT
The Warehouse at FTC

Sat, May 18
5:00 PM
Cambridge, MA
The Sinclair

Thu, May 23
8:00 PM
Virginia Beach, VA
Elevation 27

Fri, May 24
9:00 PM
Richmond, VA
Capital Ale House

Mon, Jun 3
7:00 PM
Birmingham, AL
Avondale Brewing Company

Thu, Jun 6
5:00 PM
Asheville, NC
The Grey Eagle

Fri, Jun 7
7:00 PM
Decatur, GA
Eddie’s Attic

Sun, Jun 9
2:00 PM
Birmingham, AL
Avondale Brewing Company

Mon, Jun 10
9:00 PM
New Orleans, LA
Gasa Gasa

Wed, Jun 12
8:00 PM
Austin, TX

Sun, Jun 16
2:00 PM
San Diego, CA
The Casbah

Mon, Jun 17
8:30 PM
Los Angeles, CA
Bootleg Theater

Fri, Jun 21
2:00 PM
Portland, OR
Doug Fir Lounge

Sat, Jun 22
2:00 PM
Seattle, WA
Tractor Tavern

Tue, Jun 25
2:00 PM
Salt Lake City, UT
Urban Lounge

Johnathan Rice New Album

His latest album is The Long Game.

Artist: Johnathan Rice
Release date: May 10, 2019
Genre: Folk
Label: Mano Walker Recordings
Its songs include:
1.The Long Game (feat. Courtney Marie Andrews) 2:35
2 Silver Song 3:57
3 Hollow Jubilee 3:33
4 Meet the Mother 2:52
5 Naked in the Lake 3:38
6 Below the Deck 4:12
7 Another Cold One 3:07
8 Change 2:59
9 Millions of Miles (feat. Courtney Marie Andrews) 3:21
10 Friends

Johnathan Rice Good Grace

Rice released his third solo album on SQE Music in 2013, “Good Graces.” He toured the USA with Dawes and the Apache Relay to support the album.

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Jonathan Rice Jenny Lewis Split

 “I feel compelled to play music, to play with people, or I’ll go crazy.” In 2015, having split up with Rice for reasons we don’t get into, Lewis went to New York, crashing at the empty apartment of her friend Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent. “I couldn’t stay in this house,” Lewis says.

Johnathan Rice Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of $16 Million as of 2023.

Jonathan Rice Twitter

Johnathan Rice Instagram


UPDATED: November 2o18

Hi Johnathan, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been well. I’m alive, which is more than I can say for a lot of people.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Meet The Mother”?

This song is an outlier in my catalogue because it’s my attempt at writing something funny. I always wanted to write a song that had a cyclical refrain, kinda like ‘You don’t miss your water till your well runs dry.’

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

 I ended up in a conversation with Bill Murray one night about relationships, and he told me, ‘Well, you’ve got to meet the mother. I carried that phrase with me for years. It felt totemic. I don’t necessarily think that we are just facsimiles of our parents. Real life is way more nuanced than that. But songs aren’t real life. Songs are shorter.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

The video was  directed by Kevin Hayes and stars his mother Lilli Hayes and I.  She is one of the most infamous mothers on Instagram, so it felt like a perfect fit for the song.

How was the recording and writing process?

The song is written in a pretty traditional style, but Tony Berg [(Phoebe Bridgers, Aimee Mann)] and Mike Viola [(Ryan Adams, Panic! At the Disco)] kind of went for a Suicide meets Nebraska thing with the production.”

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along? Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I have a whole record done and ready to go. It’s called The Long Game and it’ll be out in 2019.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yeah, I plan on touring this record as much as possible.

What else is happening next in Johnathan Rice’s world?

The place I live has an orchard, and I’m learning to take care of it. There are some gophers that are interfering with the health of the trees. I plan on fighting back against those gophers with everything I’ve got.