Only Just a Man (2021)

Pandemic-inspired solo project released fall 2021. 19 tracks, all original music including 6 instrumentals. I play all instruments; Ramona Ault adds her fantastic vocals. I’m adding lyrics, audio, video, and commentary over time.

Cover, mixed media on wood, 4’x4′, by Evan Moring

‘Only Just a Man’ is the debut solo CD from singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, JT Moring. It’s just what the doctor ordered in today’s complex world, 13 delightful original vocal tracks of entertaining stories and humorous social commentary on the human condition through his life’s diary of experiences and adventures. A marvelous wordsmith, he sings and accompanies himself on a bevy of stringed instruments, including banjo, guitar, autoharp, mandolin, and bass throughout an eclectic array of folk music idioms. Midway through each track enters the mellifluous vocal harmonies of Ramona Ault, establishing a vocal combination reminiscent of the Weavers.
– Wayne Riker, San Diego Troubadour magazine

Listen to the whole thing here, or check out individual tracks, read my notes, and see any video or other content, below. Here’s more on the album art.

Only Just a Man complete
2Run Baby Run
3Low Tide
4Guerrero Negro
5Kerfuffle Shuffle*
6Down on the Farm
7Harvest Time in Humboldt
8Welcome to the Neighborhood
9Better Off Dead*
10Eyes Wide Open
11Forty Acres and a Mule
12The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
13Prelude to a Storm*
14Six Feet High and Rising
15Business as Usual
16Higher Ground*
17Good Old Boy
18Hole in the Sky/Reprise
19Over and Out*
* Instrumental

Ramona on stage

Ramona Ault is a Los Angeles native but has now lived in San Diego for 30 years. She sings and plays guitar with her bluegrass band, Prairie Sky,  as she has for the last 11 years. In addition, Ramona loves to write original songs and arrange and sing harmonies. She is also currently working on a memoir of her round-the-world adventures as a young, brave, and very lucky young woman. Find Prairie Sky Band on Facebook and Ramona on Facebook and YouTube.

The usual suspects, and some unusual ones, used on Only Just a Man.

Big thanks!!! This is a “solo” project (and I am “only just a man”) but I’ve had a lot of help getting here…

  • Ramona Ault for lots of good ideas and sanity checks along the way.
  • Eve Selis for starting this ball rolling, helping with song arrangements, and setting high standards.
  • Ronan Chris Murphy for mentoring my recording and mixing aspirations over the years.
  • Cathryn Beeks who has built such a strong music community, where I met Ramona, and whose The Game for songwriters inspired at least three of these songs.
  • Cliff Keller, and the San Diego Songwriter Meetup, who gave valuable advice along the way and support over the years.
  • Dick Jay, and the rest of the San Diego Folk Heritage crew, who help keep the music alive.
  • Liz Abbott of the San Diego Troubadour, who keeps us appraised of who’s doing what.
  • Mary Jo Preti, for being there all the time, especially when I need it the most.
  • All the musicians I’ve played with, especially Annie Rettic and Richie Strell, and all those I’ve listened to, who’ve taught me a lot about making pleasing sounds.
  • All the folks who’ve enjoyed my music so far, inspiring me to keep going and doing better.
Mastering at Veneto West with Ronan