Los Angeles native Arlan Feiles has made his way across the American landscape and found himself a new home in New Jersey. All Along the way, Arlan has shared stages with some of the great legends of Music. The Band, The late Warren Zevon, Hot Tuna, Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Warren Haynes, Dave Mathews, Bob Pollard, and many more.
During a long stop In Miami Florida, Arlan found a great deal of success with roots rock band Natural Causes. At that time Sandra Schulman from Billboard Magazine said “Arlan is a gifted songwriter… with pulsating and passionate performances” Soon finding a friend in legendary producer Tom Dowd, Natural Causes recorded two albums. One release called “Bomb in the Shelter” won for best album of the year by the Miami New Times. Natural Causes also won Best Rock Band accolades for the State of Florida and were the winners of Tanqueray’s National Best Band in America Contest.
The Causes’ run ended too soon, but Chris Blackwell of Island Records would take Arlan going solo, and signed him to his first record deal. Demos, recorded with Dave Grohl of Nirvana and Foo Fighters fame, became the inspiration for a new album. Tom Dowd and Arlan recorded “Troubled Monkey” that included tracks backed by the legendary group The Band, featuring Levon Helm, the late Rick Danko, and Garth Hudson. However, “Trouble Monkey” had its “troubles”, and never got off the ground.
Arlan’s relationship with Island was certainly a learning experience but absolutely only the beginning of the story. After they parted ways, Arlan hit the road playing shows in clubs and coffee houses across the country. One such tour saw Arlan playing 88 shows in 90 days, spanning 38 states. These tours were paid for by selling CDs out of the back of his van accompanied only by his loyal dog Theo.
This whirlwind tour ended in Brooklyn, NYC during the emerging Williamsburg art- rock scene. This time Arlan put together a band called Gift Horse with bassist Dan Green, and drummer Brad Gunyon. Gift Horse had a hit with a song called “I’ve Got to Tell Ya” which found its way onto the soundtrack of Ed Burns’ “Sidewalks of New York” movie. Gift Horse eventually grew into The Lone Howdys and grew again into The Lone Orchestra, a 12 piece Americana Big Band; now a Jersey Shore favorite.
Since moving to NJ, Arlan has recorded two more solo albums. The first, “Razing a Nation”, has been highly acclaimed and was a “hot tip” on the Euro-Americana Charts in June 2005. The single, “Sign Up”, has been on or near the top of Neil Young’s “Living with War- Songs of the Times” list since its inception. Uncle Mike from the Two River Times has called the album “an American Classic”. And although no longer in Miami, “Razing” was again honored with the title of Best Album by the Miami NewTimes publication.
2007 had been busy for the prolific writer. Arlan saw the re-release of the sold out “Razing a Nation” on his new record label not-pop records and the year culminating with the honor of being recognized as “Top Americana Artist” and “Top Keyboardist” at the “Asbury Music Awards” in famous Asbury Park, NJ.
To start off 2008, Arlan released the highly anticipated “Come Sunday Morning”. This latest effort debuted at no.15 on the Euro Americana Chart and no. 24 on the FAR Chart.
“Come Sunday Morning” would go on to win the Asbury Music Awards Best Album honors that year and again Arlan would take home Top Keyboardist and Top Americana band honors.
Since then Arlan has been extremely busy performing and enjoying a great deal of radio play and T.V/ Film placements for many of his songs. Arlan’s song “Out of the Dirt” was placed in the award winning film “Handsome Harry” starring Steve Buscemi and Jamey Sheridan, and Currently you can hear 7 of Arlans songs on the now airing controversial MTV show “16 and Pregnant”.
Arlan is currently working on a new release in his home studio in Matawan, NJ where he plans to stay. Planting roots is a new concept for this wandering troubadour. The experience is sure to fuel another great collection of songs.