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Andy Cambria -guitarMike Grigoni -dobroSimon Chrisman -bassLuke Price - fiddleDavid Goldenberg
About the ArtistJenee Halstead arrives with an alto voice that sways gently back and forth between frailty and strength; part Emmylou Harris, part June Carter, part Patty Griffin. Halstead grew up in the Inland Empire mining country of the West, a singing tomboy with a restless heart. Escaping a collapsed love affair, she left the high desert quiet for the fertile folk environs of Cambridge, Massachusetts, quickly taking root at Harvard Square’s Club Passim (the same club that recently launched the careers of Josh Ritter and Lori McKenna). Backed by her nuanced, small-bodied guitar, Halstead draws from the haunting melodies of the Depression Era, patiently distilling folk, bluegrass, and electro to create music that Matt Smith, Club Passim’s longtime manager, describes as “fresh and new, yet familiar and timeless".
With The River Grace, Jenee Halstead puts forth a collection of songs effortlessly suited to her voice, mixing dobro, mandolin, and upright bass with vintage Casio keyboards and subtle electronic beats. From the joyous declarations of “Before I Go” to the tragic balladry of “Darkest Day”; The River Grace’s sound is rooted in the past yet beckons the progression of Americana. Recorded in a small cottage studio called Forgiveness, Halstead is joined by keyboard wizard Steve Moore (Laura Veirs, Mount Analog), dobroist Mike Grigoni (Anais Mitchell), mandolinist Zak Borden (Willy Mason), and bassist Matthew Weiner (Asylum Street Spankers). The River Grace also features background vocals by a host of her most esteemed peers including Rose Polenzani, Holly O’Reilly, and Monique Lanier.
I have an all acoustic band with four other members. We usually try to use three condenser mics and nothing direct. It makes for a warm, natural soung.
May 2008 Americana / Alt Country
Old Time, Internet Time
by In a cavernous living room lit with the glow of 24 candles, Jenee Halstead and her band start to play. There are no wires, spotlights or microphones, simply a half circle of four musicians standing...
The River Grace - A Review by Mike Jurkovic
by Firmly yet buoyantly set against dark hollow melodies and a strong Emmylou vibe, The River Grace reveals Jenee Halstead as a keenly observant and focused singer/songwriter performer to listen and...