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The Oxygen Girl

by Jeni Hankins

This album is a love letter – a scattering of ashes and the sparks of hope that rise from them. Appalachian Folk from the "Heiress to the Mountain Music Crown." Guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bowed psaltry, scissors, and a sewing machine!
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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2. The British Invisible Mending Service
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3. Derelict Station
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4. You Disappear
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5. Palomino Girls
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6. Will I Always Wander?
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7. Sleeping in Doorways
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8. Dance on the Stars
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9. The Oxygen Girl
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10. Golden Thread
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11. Nothing Lasts Forever
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12. Hey Dad
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I haven’t written many love songs. I’ve had my head turned by other things – fiery union speeches, the sound of a man trying to breathe through forty years of coal dust, the breathtaking swirl of colors in an old quilt brought out of my grandmother’s cedar chest. But last summer, I had my head turned by love – and by loss.

So, I set myself the task of writing a collection of love songs. As I wrote them, I traveled 15,000 miles across the USA, the country I was leaving, and Britain, the home I was seeking. This album is a love letter – a scattering of ashes and the sparks of hope that rise from them.

JENI HANKINS - "JENI IS A TRUE POET AND BORN STORYTELLER – MANY OF HER SONGS CONTAIN WHOLE NOVELS." LEE SMITH, CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR OF FAIR AND TENDER LADIES AND ON AGATE HILL

Jeni Hankins grew up in the coalfields of Appalachian in Southwest Virginia among a family of miners, moonshiners, and journalists. Her writing pulls the grit, gumption, and keen sense of observation out of that heritage like drawing water from her grandmother’s well. A songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and flatfoot dancer, Jeni is best known for the sound of the “born-in-the bone twang” of her voice and her true tales of mountain life.

For the last ten years, Jeni has toured as part of the critically acclaimed duo Jeni & Billy, spending nine months of every year on the road. From Merlefest to the Maverick Festival, Jeni & Billy swept audiences off their feet with their down home charm and exquisite musicianship.

This year sees the pair both emerging with solo projects. Informed by seven years of touring in Great Britain, Jeni’s new collection of songs makes a love letter to the home of her ancestors and to her father who passed away in 2016. In her new songs, Jeni crosses oceans and continents to scatter her father’s ashes.

In every song, Jeni’s “true sense of place shines through – old as the hills, but brand new at the same time.”

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Russell Rosen

Another great album from Jeni Hankins
What a beautifully, haunting voice. I never get tired of listening to Jeni . Not a bad song in the bunch. Highly recommended.
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