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by Jean Synodinos

Eleven tracks of groove, grit and grace. Think Dusty Springfield meets Joan Armatrading. Jean's big-league voice and award-winning songwriting are backed up by stellar production and performances from some of Austin's best players.
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1. Running With Me
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2. Gospel According to John
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3. I Want to Know You
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4. Ode to Billy Joe
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5. Time Takes Time
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6. Lucky
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7. Angel Wings
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8. Big Wahoo
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9. Dog Inside Your Car (The Co-Dependent Song)
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10. Sure Thing
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11. Lullaby
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A fearless and exuberant performing songwriter, Jean Synodinos has a voice that's been hailed as a veritable force of nature. Dynamic and powerful, it's capable of changing from an insinuating whisper to a full-throated belt. Critics have called it "big-league," "blues smoky and rich," and "show-stopping."

Her debut solo studio CD, "Lucky," offers eleven tracks of groove, grit and grace, illustrating why Jean's been called, "... this sexy, soulful mix of Dusty Springfield and Joan Armatrading." "Lucky" features drop-dead performances by some of Austin, TX's finest players, including Earl Poole Ball (Johnny Cash), Chris Searles (The Flatlanders, Shawn Colvin), Charles Rieser (The Scabs, Ugly Americans), Glenn Kawamoto (Tish Hinojosa), The Grooveline Horns, Ephraim Owens... and more.

Jean's list of awards attests to her artistry as a songwriter. A winner of the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk competition and the KRCL Founder's Day Festival Songwriting Competition, Jean's songs juxtapose elements of pop, folk, blues and jazz to tell her stories of surviving--and thriving. Her solo guitar work is formidable, and Jean consistently wows audiences with her particular mix of humor and heartache, delivered with unapologetic commitment.


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Bruce Novotny

This is a great collection of songs from a gifted songwriter and powerful performer. When Jean Synodinos is on her game, her music takes on a life of its own, and Lucky is full of music with that kind of life. Personal and universal at the same time, seductive and joyful, it's a great piece of work. The bluesy flavor enhances Jean's writing and her singing and -- ah, to hell with analysis -- I just love this album. Plain and simple.

Albert Reinoso

Music, arrangement, voice...WE are Lucky!
This is a fantastic collection of moving songs full of heart and humor. Some great hooks here and VERY well produced. Look out for a killer funky version of Ode To Billy Joe! Bravo Jean!

Bonnie Thompson

Jean Synodinos sings like an angel.
This is a GREAT album. Singer-songwriter Jean Synodinos has pulled it all together: sultry vocals, intelligent lyrics, and a big, soulful backup band. This CD not only has substance--it definitely has STYLE.

Minor 7th Webzine

Austin-based singer-songwriter Jean Synodinos belts out the kind of bluesy vocal delivery that is paradoxically both bawdy and coy. There's just a hint-of-Texas mystery to her vibe that you can't quite define... is it down-home or come-hither? Synodinos' résumé of numerous songwriting awards attests to the spunk with which she's attacked her late-in-life career change, relying on the same personal tenacity which saw her successfully through the terror of a breast cancer diagnosis in 2002. The title to this CD, "Lucky", sums up the irony of Synodinos' leap of faith towards the fine music she was destined to make, made all the more possible by the liberating aftermath of a second chance. She's wisely surrounded herself on this CD with superb sidemen, including guitarists Charles Rieser and David Hamburger, and just the right mix of horns to perfectly complement her acoustic musical vision. The musical moods are primarily jazz and blues inflected, but run the gamut from footloose ("Running with Me"), intimate and intense ("I Want to Know You"), steamy (a cover of Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe") to humorously self-deprecating ("Big Wahoo"). Whoever is touched by a listen to Synodinos' music is sure to feel the luck.

Susanne Millsaps, Host, KRCL's Thursday Breakfast Jam, Salt Lake

One of the best CDs of 2003
One of the best CDs of 2003. Intelligent, thoughtful, literate lyrics, a world-wise sensibility and a big big sound -- "Lucky" is the whole package. And oh, that voice! Highly recommended."

Karen Vandergrift

I am LOVING Lucky!
This is one CD that I could actually wear out. Jean's got an awesome, powerful voice--unique and gutsy and the track mix contains one great tune after another.

Margaret Moser, The Austin Chronicle

As fine a vocalist as she is a composer, Synodinos' Lucky is among the most overlooked albums of recent memory.

Kerry Dexter, Dirty Linen

Humor, grit and grace
A writer of humor, grit and grace, Jean has a smoky mezzo well-suited to her elliptical storytelling lyrics.

Genevieve Will,

Jean is a woman to be reckoned with.
Few can genre-skate well, but perhaps that's because few have a voice as amazingly versatile as Jean Synodinos. Fresh but down-home dirty. Pure but worldly. Bottomless but downy-light. With that cannon in her pocket, Synodinos could sing any piece passable as music and cast it into greatness. Beyond doubt, Jean Synodinos is a woman to be reckoned with.


Dynamic and gorgeous vocals
Jean's first accolades have to be about her dynamic and gorgeous vocals. Then and only then can you begin to discuss the rest of the album's polished portions like her guitar playing or the studio production. This isn't just a critic's wet dream, this is substance that everyone can get a handle on.
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