March 15, 2012 – musical guest of “Ask King County Executive Dow Constantine” on KUOW 94.9FM
Feb 2. 2012 - Transportation Takeover: Local Musicians bring some excitement to Sea-Tac - March issue of City Arts pg 21.
Nov 20th, 2010 – Definitely not the Opera – “What do you find when you get lost?” - Toronto – aired on the CBC, I was interviewed about being lost in the woods and a song I wrote about it. (interview starts at 29 minutes)
Nov 6, 2010 – Sound on the Sound – “Jon Pontrello and Friends at Conor Byrne” – Seattle - post CD release show
“…if you’re fan of singer-songwriters and deft-storytellers, definitely seek out Youth is a Train.”
Nov 3, 2010 – Seattle Weekly – “An incomplete history toward Jon Pontrello’s Youth is a Train” – Seattle – pre CD release artist profile/timeline
March 24, 2010 - CityArts – “The Cathedral and the Basement: Two Congregations Worship Sound at Magma” – Seattle – (last 2 paragraphs)
“The lone holdout who drew some inspiration from artists popular prior to 1960 was a young man who goes by the name Gene Pool (nee, Jon Pontrello). Armed with a guitar, banjo and a sharp singing voice, his set of lovely country and folk tunes spoke to universal experiences, from getting one’s heart broken to more personal fare, such as getting lost in the woods and almost dying.
It was the kind of emotionally potent performance that will likely pull Pontrello out of the underground scene before too long. But whether the spotlight finds him or he remains a cult local favorite, he’ll always find a home at Hollow Earth Radio.”