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Beechacre is the music mastermind of Alex Ernest-Jones. Forever memorializing the name given to the Cobham, Surrey, UK home where Ernest-Jones escaped south Florida to spend the summers with his grandparents, Beechacre serves as a love letter to his family who instilled an insatiable curiosity for songs and songwriting, as well as to the place he learned to play his first song, “For What It’s Worth”, on his uncle’s old Spanish guitar. Nights falling asleep to Paul Simon, Beatles, Donovan, and Leonard Cohen records on the floor of his father’s study and waking up to The Temptations in his mother’s car ride to elementary school, ingrained in him the classics at a young age.
With guitar now in-hand before reaching high school, Ernest-Jones was outspoken in his attitude towards the pop music scene that dominated south Florida at the time, with Zeppelin III once blowing out the speakers in his big brother’s 1997 Saturn sedan. Ernest-Jones was unknowingly building the alternative folk foundation of his self-titled debut album, “Beechacre,” which he sauced generously with a dollop of soul.
After 8 years behind a desk in New York City, and recording limited to nights and weekends, Ernest-Jones abruptly found himself on a one-way flight to the tiny town of Addo, South Africa, bartending at a roadside dive called Thirsty Herds, aptly named for the several hundred elephants that lived only a few miles away and also serving as the inspiration for the first song written for Beechacre’s debut album. Eventually joining forces with seasoned producer, and fellow south Florida native, Rama Barwick, Beechacre completed its first album on the road at the height of the 2020 pandemic, finding freedom from quarantine and driving from south Florida to California. Beechacre, the physical place, has since been demolished, but forever remains a muse to Ernest-Jones for songs to come.


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