w/ James Maddock
w/ James Maddock
June 23 @ Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, Rochester, NY
7:45pm & 9:45pm (2 shows) More Info Here
June 25 @ Radio Bean, Burlington, VT
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Big thanks to Rachael Ray of including me in the April issue of “Every Day with Rachael Ray” magazine. It’s so significant because my picture is placed right about the BBQ pulled pork tacos that she served at last year’s Feedback Party at Bangers for SXSW. That was my favorite thing on the menu and I feel like somehow she knows that! They were served with queso fresco and pickled onions. My mouth is watering as I think back on what was the BEST party at SXSW last year. I loved it so much that I went back for more the very next day. Chris Boerner (8 string guitar), Nick Baglio (drums & keys), and I played right at dusk to a packed out crowd and a line wrapping around the corner to get in. We felt so lucky to be there on that stage. Rachael and her crew were very welcoming and REALLY know how to do it RIGHT! It was a true highlight of my 2013 and I’m tickled pink to be included in the article. There were so many amazing artists on the bill. It was a DELICIOUS evening. I’d love a repeat please.
I’ll be announcing the first round of summer dates in the northeast very soon! In case you don’t have my most recent release, “Angels”, it’s available on iTunes, Amazon, +FE, and right here in my web store. For those of you who are new to my music, you can click HERE to get a free download of ‘Sweet Love’ & ‘Good Man- Live’. Sign my EMAIL LIST and stay up to date on my summer tour and upcoming release!
North Carolina Americana singer/bandleader Jeanne Jolly liked Drom the minute she walked into the venue, she told the crowd there Friday night. She was onto something – it’s a very welcoming venue, something she knows about from her days waitressing in her home state. She’s come a long way since then; New York was a stop on the southbound stretch of her latest East Coast tour. There are plenty of singers with pretty voices, but Jolly is special. She can move from a gentle murmur to a gale-force wail in a split second in places and make it look easy; she has homegrown country charm but just as much urbane sophistication. Eight-string guitarist Chris Boerner did the seemingly impossible task of playing nimble, climbing basslines on the low strings while jangling and sometimes burning his way through leads higher up the fretboard while drummer Nick Baglio also did double duty, playing piano and organ on a handful of tunes, sometimes one-handed, sometimes keeping time with just his feet.
Jolly’s songs reflect her eclectic background; much as she fits in with the Americana rock crowd, she’s both more oldschool and new, incorporating elements of jazz and Brazilian music as well as classic bluegrass and the occasional detour toward honkytonk. She opened with the swaying Long Way Home: when Jolly’s voice resisted an easy resolution and rose, wounded and full of angst as the verse turned around, it was a dead ringer for Mary Lee Kortes. That set the stage for the rest of the evening. Boerner opened the second number, Angels on Hayworth Street, with an eerily starlit solo intro before the bluegrass beat kicked in. It’s an escape anthem, Jolly’s voice channeling equal parts determination and dread.
Happy Days Cafe, inspired by her days waiting tables, set a mysterious, enigmatic, possibly ghostly narrative to pensive, fingerpicked guitar, rising to a jangly, clanging chorus. “We would have a lot of deep conversations,” she explained: her customers were a pretty entertaining bunch. She hit a big, fiery peak on the next song and then slowly made her way into the most spine-tingling number of the night, Round and Round Again. She started it as a gentle waltz, dedicated, she said, to her grandparents, who were married 65 years. “I remember when you swung me around,” Jolly sang, reaching to the rafters for high notes, but with a tenderness that suddenly went very sad and nostalgic: “That was a long time ago.” So when she hit the final chorus so hard she pulled back off the mic, the contrast was visceral.
An earlier song in the set explored more upbeat emotional turf, Boerner’s couple of solos echoing Jerry Garcia in “on” mode. Boerner took the energy up even further on an unselfconsciously imploring take of the highway rock anthem Hard Way while Jolly matched him, leaping and bending her notes with a raw intensity. Baglio also provided elegant piano intros on a couple of quieter numbers. Jolly wound up the set with a bossa-tinged tune, the more traditional, country-flavored Good Man and then went back to rock, belting out a long, sustained note for what seemed like ages while the band hit a big crescendo behind her…and then faked the crowd out with a trick ending.
Offstage, Jolly is exactly the same as she is on: disarmingly personable and full of stories. Raised on Motown and bluegrass, she went deep into jazz as a teenager…only to go off to New England Conservatory, where she studied opera. By the time she’d hit her mid-twenties, she was touring the world with a jazz outfit. All that experience factors into how much she defies convention, not to mention how subtly she wields that shattering voice. Jolly makes frequent stops here in town; watch this space for the next one. by delarue
photos courtesy of Howard Weiss
NOV. 15- Palmetto Brewery’s Free Friday Concert Series 5-8pm Charleston, SC
NOV. 19- “Give an Hour’s: Community Conversation supporting our Military Veterans and their Families”, (Solo performance of our National Anthem to kick off the event-taped for an episode of PBS’ “Healthy Minds”) **Live Stream HERE**, Fayetteville, NC
DEC. 14- The Loft @ UCPAC-presented by Split Level Concerts, 8pm TICKETS Rahway, NJ
With all of the driving, singing, and playing, sometimes our runs around the U.S. turn into a blur when I get home and dive into the details of the next tour. It’s been nice to sit back in the perfect September weather here in NC and reflect on all we’ve accomplished since “Angels” was released last October. We just got back from a month long tour across the U.S. to the coast of Oregon and back. We drove 12,000 miles in 29 days and got to see so much of this beautiful country we live in. I feel blessed that my music is taking me on the road and that I have such lovely folks to travel with and to play for. I look forward to many more shows in many more cities! Thank you ALL OF YOU BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE who come out to our shows along the way! Many of you have stayed in touch with us and have told your friends in other cities to come see our show. Thank you!
In this state of gratitude…I give big thanks to my +FE Family, Adele Lassiter, AND I MUST give a shout to Chris Boerner (producer/8 string guitarist) & Nick Baglio (drummer/keyboard player) for continuing to ride all these miles with me, while lighting up the stage the way you do. I still can’t believe we didn’t run out of gas and there’s actually a gas station called “The Middle of Nowhere” …with Llamas …and Llama food in a candy dispenser…AND Eddy Arnold’s “Cattle Call” on repeat.
“North Carolina singer-songwriter Jeanne Jolly may be on the road – and you know you’re on the road when you’re playing eight dates across Montana, and two more in Idaho, in 11 days – but she’s really back home again.
Musically speaking, that is.” The Missoulian
photo courtesy of VEGABLUE STUDIOS
8.5 The Bottleneck, Lawrence, KS
8.7 The Powder River County Courthouse, Broadus, MT
8.8 Music on the Mountain, Big Sky, MT
8.9 Pine Creek Lodge, Paradise Valley, MT
8.10 Rex Theater, Thompson Falls, MT
8.11 Red Fish Lake Lodge, Stanley, ID
8.13 Stage 112, Missoula, MT
8.14 Live From The Divide (live radio-KGLT), Bozeman, MT
8.15 Music on Main, Victor, ID
8.16 Sacajawea Bar, Three Forks, MT
8.17 West Yellowstone Saloon, West Yellowstone, MT
8.18 Snowbasin’s Blues & Brews Festival, Huntsville, UT
8.20 Lincoln City Cultural Center, Lincoln City, OR
8.21 Music in the Park, Olympia, WA
8.22 Northern Ales, Kettle Falls, WA
8.23 Roots Fest w/ Chuck Prophet, Great Falls, MT
8.24 Harrison’s Summer Concert Series, Harrison, ID
8.26 Live at Lunch (Live Radio- KRFC), Fort Collins, CO
8.28 Kranzberg Art Center, St. Louis, MO
8.29 TBA, Nashville, TN
***Here’s some recent press from our summer touring…The Boston Globe “Jolly Good”
Photo courtesy of VegaBlueStudios
Reported by Gerald Owens “With a booming voice and a lot of determination, Raleigh musician Jeanne Jolly is hitting the road to promote her first full-length album, “Angels.”"
Damn, that Jeanne Jolly can sing. All those metaphors comparing her voice to a songbird, an angel, a summer’s breeze, they just don’t cut it. Jolly’s voice is the first day of spring, after the grey dirty snow has melted and the sun beams down on the crocuses that begin to bloom. The birds sing while you sit on a porch swing with your new lover, a glass of wine in hand, gazing at the rainbow out west.
No, that doesn’t cut it either.
Imagine Joni Mitchell with Billie Holiday’s stylings. You’re getting warmer.
The Raleigh, North Carolina native received her Master’s in classical voice performance from the New England Conservatory and also served as vocalist for jazz trumpeter, Chris Botti. But she’s a southern girl at heart, and her first, self-titled, EP, released in 2008, had a strong country/Americana feel to it. She boned up on her guitar and ukulele (and even some piano) skills for her 2010 release, Falling in Carolina, which she dedicated to her mother, who had just lost her battle with ovarian cancer. It is an album that demonstrates great openness and personal realizations without appearing maudlin or naval gazing.
Last year’s Angels, her first full-length album, showcases her vocal prowess in full force. The album is produced by her friend, Chris Boerner, who also plays eight-string guitar on it. Nick Baglio handles the percussion duties. They help flesh out the feel of the songs. Listen to the wistful guitar and happy wood block and triangle on “Sweet Love.” You can almost feel the waves curling up on the beach. It’s sweet, happy and sunny. It’s the perfect summer love song.
Jolly took some time from her recent tour to talk about that voice of hers, what songs mean to her, and why you will never see her on American Idol.