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Jeni & Billy | Live in LA (feat. The Big Picnic Band)

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Live in LA (feat. The Big Picnic Band)

by Jeni & Billy

Jeni & Billy, Live with the Big Picnic Band, one night only, at the Pasadena Folk Music Society, Caltech, November 15, 2014. Born-in-the-bone twang – the kind you don’t get by dressing up country and scouring songbooks. – Rob Weir, Sing Out
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hello (Live) [feat. The Big Picnic Band]
0:18 FREE
2. The Hoot Owl (Live) [feat. The Big Picnic Band]
3:55 $1.00
3. Chicken Ridge (Live) [feat. The Big Picnic Band]
3:19 $1.00
4. McHenry Street (Live) [feat. The Big Picnic Band]
5:15 $1.00
5. Picnic in the Sky (Live) [feat. The Big Picnic Band]
4:22 $1.00
6. Reckoning Day (Live) [feat. The Big Picnic Band]
5:55 $1.00
7. The Robin & the Banjo (Live) [feat. The Big Picnic Band]
3:43 $1.00
8. The Mill Hurries On (Live) [feat. The Big Picnic Band]
5:49 $1.00
9. The Mystery of You & Me (Live) [feat. The Big Picnic Band]
3:23 $1.00
10. If I Ever Get $10 (Live) [feat. The Big Picnic Band]
2:47 $1.00
11. Sweet Song Coming 'Round (Live) [feat. The Big Picnic Band]
3:43 $1.00
12. Goodbye (Live) [feat. The Big Picnic Band]
0:17 FREE
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Album Notes
Jeni Hankins is a true heiress to the mountain music crown worn by singers and writers from Hazel Dickens to Jeanne Ritchie. Hankins’ approach is often compared to that of Hazel Dickens and aptly so. Though Hankins has a smoother, less nasal voice than Dickens, it has that same born-in-the-bone twang – the kind you don’t get by dressing up country and scouring songbooks. Hankins also grew up in the same contiguous coal mine region that spawned Dickens, and with the same sensibilities: an appreciation for the grace of ordinary people, mountain gospel music, support for miners’ unions, and a gift for seeing beauty where less attuned people fail to see it.

Their music is filled with small moments that seem sublime. We get a veritable potpurri: “The Robin & the Banjo,” Jeni’s wedding song reworking of “Froggy Went A-Courtin;” the dust-and-tedium-meets-dreams in “The Mill Hurries On;” and gospel refracted through Jane Eyre on “Reckoning Day.” Remember Joe Hill’s “The Preacher and the Slave?” Check out "Picnic in the Sky," a gentler shade of caustic with yellow squash and biscuits substituting for Hill’s pie, but the same hard questions about a future “heavenly reward.” Impressive is “McHenry Street,” a song inspired when the duo spotted kids making banners from trash can castoffs in Kemp’s native Baltimore.

Call it “Good.” Call it authentic. Call me anytime Jeni is singing, and Billy is picking and singing by her side. – Rob Weir, Sing Out Magazine

Jeni and Billy's stunningly original music is as old as the hills, yet brand new at the same time. Jeni is a true poet and a born storyteller, through and through – many of these songs contain whole novels. – Lee Smith, Award-winning author of Fair & Tender Ladies and On Agate Hill

Jeni's songs spring from the true vine.  Steeped in a sense of place and community, Jeni's lyrics reflect the hardships, trials and sorrows of people whose lives have not been easy, yet they also resonate with humor, spirit, and a deep and abiding faith and dignity. She has an old fashioned, old style country voice that perfectly fits the songs she chooses. Billy is the perfect partner, skillfully accompanying Jeni with guitar, banjo and harmonies. They chat with the audience, tell stories, and leave the audience feeling like they've just had a visit with old friends. These two are tradition bearers - the next generation of traditional music. – Mary Smith, Richmond Folk Music Society



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