Jodee Lewis Live October 18, 2018
As the music coming out of Nashville edges ever closer to the pop genre, it’s up to artists like Jodee Lewis to carry the torch of traditional country.
Though a Chicago native for nearly two decades now, she was raised in Osceola – a town of 800 people in the Missouri Ozarks. Her childhood home was down a secluded dirt track, set amongst 190 acres of woodland, where Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings and EmmyLou Harris were fixtures on the radio. Her granddad, himself a guitarist in a band, also played his part by introducing her to the artists that he loved, such as Earl Scruggs and Lefty Frizzell. These country, honky-tonk and Americana roots still shine through in her own music.
Recently, Lewis has dug ever deeper, incorporating influences like Ray Price and Merle Haggard into her sound. It’s all there on Buzzard’s Bluff, her second album, and the follow-up to her debut, Whiskey Halo. Named after a real bluff near where she grew up, Buzzard’s Bluff is a fitting landscape for Lewis’ songs of searching self-reflection. By looking back on a childhood where minding your own business was prized above all else she hopes to navigate the difficulties of being an adult, wife and parent. Returning to this place has also meant dealing with the tragic loss of her second child, Luke, which has had a very significant effect on her life and music.
On the album’s title track Lewis sings “there ain’t nobody gonna run in here and save me.” And though the album explores the darkness and sometimes devastating realities of life, there are hints of faith, hope and love sprinkled throughout.
"She populates her songs with characters that duck responsibility, drink too much, and are nearly always left high and dry. But they have a rueful humor as well."
— WORLD Magazine Online
About Laura Joy - Chicago based singer-songwriter, Laura Joy is an NPR featured, nationally touring artist with an eclectic song list of award-winning original music and popular songs from the 60s to Today’s Top 40. Her soothing voice has been known to quell dark, angry bars full of ornery old Irishmen. With comparisons that range from Jewel to Natalie Merchant, Laura’s percussive fingerpicking and buoyant vocals have graced audiences from as far as the Sun Belt to the streets of Manhattan. Currently, she averages around 100 shows per year nationwide.
— 2017 Winner Great River Folk Fest Songwriting Contest (Lacrosse, WI)
— 2017 2nd Place Acorn Theater Songwriting Contest (Three Oaks, MI)
— 2015 Best Original Song NPR’s WDCB (Glen Ellyn, IL)