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Jolie Rickman

"Like a singular, one woman version of the Violent Femmes."
—The Syracuse New Times, Syracuse, NY

"If Bjork were a progressive folk singer and didn't sound like ani difranco, she might sound something like Jolie Rickman... her voice is centrally weird & wonderful."
—Willamette Weekly, Portland, OR

Jolie Rickman was a Brooklyn-based, critically acclaimed musician and cultural activist with a nationwide community of support. Over a five year period Jolie was welcomed into colleges, festivals, cafes and clubs, community centers, PCs, rallies and radio stations across the United States. She appeared at over 100 colleges and universities as well as prominent North American music festivals including the Great Hudson River Clearwater Revival, Ladyfest East, North By North East (NXNE), the National Women's Studies Annual Conference, and Club Passim's "Cutting Edge of the Campfire Festival". Whether experimenting with acoustics in a cozy cafe, redefining the edges of an alternative club, or stomping out political anthems for a rallying bunch of students, Jolie's crowds claimed this hard-working girl as one of their own.

A predominately self-taught musician, Jolie formulated a unique guitar and songwriting style often commented on by her musical peers, a unique guitar style reflected her equally-quirky personality. Jolie took pride in the fact that listeners and critics had a difficult time categorizing or defining her eclectic sound. Comparisons included Bjork (The Willamette Weekly), Joni Mitchell (Chicago Reader), ani difranco (Syracuse Herald American), Billy Bragg (the Peace Newsletter), Tori Amos (Philadelphia City Paper), Buffy Sainte-Marie (Davis Enterprise, CA), the Violent Femmes (The Davis Enterprise, CA) and Laurie Anderson (The Davis Enterprise, CA). However, all agreed that Jolie took a fiercely independent approach to song writing and performance, willing to experiment freely with sonic, lyric and social innovation.

In January, 2005, after a year-long battle with late-stage ovarian cancer, singer-songwriter and activist Jolie Christine Rickman died at the age of 36. Jolie leaves behind a too-small but remarkable body of songs. Since her passing there have been a series of annual tribute concerts in honor of her songs and memory.