Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
Presenting – Jeni & Billy with Craig Eastman
CD Release Concert for Their New CD Picnic In The Sky
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RSVP Required for all attendees: Click here
Please Bring a Jacket and Please feel free to bring a bottle of wine.
$20 suggested donation – CD’s Available at the Concert
Now for the Rest of the story:
“There are two kinds of music – the blues and Zip A Dee Doo Dah. That’s what Townes Van Zandt said. But there is a third kind, which finds the best parts of both of those kinds of music and turns it into something seamlessly American and wonderful. That third kind is Jeni & Billy music.”
That’s the assessment of Grammy-nominated songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Dillon O’Brian, who co-produced “Picnic in the Sky,” the new album from Jeni & Billy — the first the singer-songwriter duo has recorded with a full band.
And what a band! A crack team of LA-based musicians who are accustomed to working on major label projects for acts such as Jakob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, John Doe, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros came together in the Coldwater Canyon studio of Grammy-winning producer Dave Way to create The Big Picnic Band.
The resulting sound deepens and illuminates, but does not overwhelm, the deft songwriting and tight harmonies that have become Jeni & Billy’s signature among fans.
“Jeni & Billy are the sweetest, most down to earth, good people – making music just like that,” says four time Grammy-winning co-producer Dave Way.
Jeni Hankins traces her vocal style to Virginia Lowe, the blind music minister of the Friendly Chapel Church on Smith Ridge, the Appalachian community in which Jeni spent her childhood summers. While her singing has been compared to the lonesome voices of Maybelle Carter and Iris Dement, her writing has been likened to that of Southerners Carson McCullers, Flannery O’Connor, and Lee Smith.
Billy Kemp, a Baltimore native, embraced the sound of country music in the nearby community of Oella – the home of Appalachian migrants who came to the city looking for work in the mills. Fired on by dreams of the Grand Ole Opry and his passion for the sound of Flatt & Scruggs, Billy headed to Nashville and toured with country bands all over the US, Canada, Europe, and right onto the stage of the Opry.
Welcome to the Picnic!
Jeni & Billy will be joined by the much celebrated multi-instrumentalist and producer, Craig Eastman. Craig has backed up artists from Steve Martin to Beck and has shared his talents on countless film scores, most notably The Pirates of the Caribbean. At thirteen, Craig won the New England Fiddle Championship before an audience of 50,000 in the division open to professional fiddlers of all ages. His playing shows a deep respect for telling the tale of a song and, whether on fiddle, mandolin, or lap steel, he is the perfect addition to Jeni & Billy’s story-filled songs.