Jennifer Markey & the Tennessee Snowpants | The Sparta Session

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The Sparta Session

by Jennifer Markey & the Tennessee Snowpants

Minneapolis honky-tonk at its finest. Featuring nine new songs by Jennifer Markey; a song by Eric Paulson; produced by Ol' Yeller alum Rich Mattson and featuring Mike Randolph on pedal steel guitar, Germaine Gemberling & Rich Mattson on backing vocals!
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  Song Share Time Download
1. That's What You Get (For Cryin')
2:22 $0.99
2. Feelin' Single, Seein' Double
3:22 $0.99
3. Bartender, Bartender
2:36 $0.99
4. (Beggin' You To) Let Me Stay
3:59 $0.99
5. Drum Special Edition
0:27 album only
6. Love Squared
4:04 $0.99
7. Sleepin' All Alone
2:15 $0.99
8. Hey, Hey, My Home
4:31 $0.99
9. 'Till My Savior Calls Me Home
3:37 $0.99
10. Snickers Jam
0:43 album only
11. Black Ribbon
2:55 $0.99
12. Bad Hand
3:48 $0.99
13. Faith, SD
2:54 $0.99
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Album Notes
Album Liner Notes:

Jennifer Markey-rhythm guitar, vocals

Clay Williams-lead guitars

Eric Paulson-upright bass, electric bass

Keely Lane-drums, percussion

Germaine Gemberling-backing vocals on "(Beggin' You To) Let Me Stay", "That's What You Get For Cryin'", "Bad Hand," and "Black Ribbon"

Richard Mattson-backing vocals on "Loved Squared" and "Bad Hand"

Mike Randolph-pedal steel on "(Beggin' You To) Let Me Stay", "Sleepin' All Alone" and "Bartender, Bartender"

...and Jonny Imperial, Eric Paulson, Keely Lane, Germaine Gemberling, and Clay Williams as the Snowpant Family Singers on "Till My Savior Calls Me Home"

All songs by Jennifer Markey, except "Feelin' Single, Seein' Double" by Wayne Kemp, and "Black Ribbon" by Eric Paulson

Produced & recorded by Richard Mattson February 26th-28th, 2010 at Sparta Sound Studios in Sparta, Minnesota, except "Faith, SD" recorded by Eric Paulson August 11th, 2009 in Jennifer's backyard

Master by Clay Williams*Layout & Design by Clay Williams

Photos by:

Thank you...Jon Wickham, Elaine Markey, Kris Miles, Kris Johnson, Dana Thompson, Molly Maher, Bill Quinn, Kevin Anthony, Jon Rodine, Zach Benson, Dan Gaarder, Eliza Blue, Erik Koskinen, Tony Wirth, Steve Murray, Alicia Corbett, Dan Israel, Tony Zaccardi, George Dombeck, Don Hunker, Doug Bratland, Pat Dwyer, Tony Zaccardi & everyone at Grumpy's Northeast, Richard Gunderson, Dan Peterson, Glen Hanson, Grant Johnson, Jacque Joslyn, Lisa Markey, Greg McAloon, Melissa & everyone at Dusty's, Chris Mozena & everyone at Palmer's, Kymn Paulson, Karen Williams, Tara Schaefer, Jim Walsh, Randy Weeks & anyone else we've forgotten that has done nice stuff for us...

After recording a set of songs over a winter weekend at Sparta Sound Studios under producer Rich Mattson excatly one month after her first album's release, Jennifer Markey had decided to wait another year before her next album release. The people in her closest circle didn't want to wait so long, and, quite frankly, neither did she. "The Sparta Session"(purposely and jokingly singular in reference to the 24-hour recording period) is the sophomore effort from the Minneapolis honky-tonkin' singer/songwriter.

"This album is much more personal than the last record," says Markey, "the songwriting is better and the lyrics are more introspective." The twangiest track is "Sleepin' All Alone", Markey's own tale of woe from the days of her failed marriage, which ended in 2003. "Love Squared" is a creepy narration of schoolgirl crushes, unrequited love and the carnage that ensues. The last track on the album, a mostly non-fictional account of her journey, with her fiance, through the vast nothingness of northern South Dakota, is one that was recorded in Jennifer's backyard during a band rehearsal.

"...likeable and rowdy..."-Ross Raihala, St. Paul Pioneer Press & Dispatch

"Jennifer Markey's sophomore release is a crafty ode to bad decisions. Right away, "Feelin' Single, Seein' Double," showcases the lovable loser Markey likes to portray—a heroine tackling her mistakes and using her brash wit to come away the victor. The tune, set to the honky-tonk beat of the next morning's headache, sees her piecing together last night's hazy adventure. She sings, "When I woke up this morning, might be the sun was high/ then I started walking the long way home just to think of an alibi." "Bartender, Bartender," a tune that could be the theme song for Lee's Liquor Lounge, follows in kind, as does "Love Squared," which may be the best showcase for Markey's humor. The song focuses on her romantic competition, who finds her wrath in the form of a jack knife, a booze-spiked baked potato, and the weapon in this lyric: "I found myself at the hardware store, checking out the hammers/ before I go do something crazy, I guess I should mind my manners."

But The Sparta Session also reveals a side of Markey listeners are less familiar with—honest retrospection in the clear light of day. "(Beggin' You To) Let Me Stay" recalls the apex of a break up with the sad maturity of someone who experienced it firsthand. And the album's closer, "Faith, SD," a stripped-down tune that shows Markey's comfortably-worn alto sounds as good bare as it does with her band's seasoned twang of guitars, speaks of desolation on the road and in her heart, and a feeble, worry-laden journey to where she wants to be. Though it was risky for Markey to momentarily remove her trademark tongue from her cheek, the bet played out well, letting listeners see behind the slapstick."- Erin Roof, City Pages



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Dan Carlsen

Honky Tonk at it's finest with modern sensibilities
Jennifer has recorded a great collection of honky-tonk tunes. A crackerjack band featuring some of my favorite twangy guitar playing by Clay Williams. Love "Bartender, bartender" and "Love Squared" which traces obsessive love gone wrong on the school playground - but in an extremely funny way. Check it out!