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Jeanne Kuhns | Ghost Ranch

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Ghost Ranch

by Jeanne Kuhns

Poetic and honest lyrics delivered with a clear and sensual voice, rising from an earthy alto to angelic falsetto. Layered harmonies, with strong rhythms,and achingly beautiful guitar, cello, piano and sax.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Star People
6:24 $0.99
2. Mary and Madeleine
5:04 $0.99
3. Halfway To Heaven
4:33 $0.99
4. Shining
5:47 $0.99
5. Nanuk Walks
6:07 $0.99
6. Ghost Ranch
5:07 $0.99
7. Racing
5:12 $0.99
8. Vertical Hold
5:06 $0.99
9. Greyhound
4:30 $0.99
10. Brown Eggs and Blueberries
4:28 $0.99
11. Constant Winter
4:48 $0.99
12. Wise Women
5:24 $0.99
13. The Rose
5:05 $0.99
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Album Notes
Door County, Wisconsin's Jeanne Kuhns, weaves mystical lyrics and intriguing musical patterns into a “bluesy progressive folk” mix. She is sonically and stylistically something of a mix of Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell and an acoustically inclined Bonnie Raitt.” says Crow and Wolf Music. Jeanne says her lyrics often come to her in dreams or while painting. She sings about what matters to her: relationships ,the earth, the magical moments we experience every day, all with passion, humor and an artists sense of description.
Jeanne Kuhns is a fixture in the Door County, Wisconsin music scene, winning the best female music award from Door County Magazine in 2008. Kuhns performs weekly thruout the year and is known for conceiving of, booking and hosting the, Woodwalk Concert Series which attracts singer/songwriters from the national arena.

“Ghost Ranch” ! Throughout 2007 and 2008 Jeanne Kuhns spent countless hours at Allemande Music in Sister Bay,Wisconsin recording her latest CD project, named after Georgia O’Keefe’s New Mexico home. In “Ghost Ranch,” Kuhns’ title track, her voice takes to new heights as she sings, “I want to go to Ghost Ranch, and paint the pastel sky –feel the spirit of Georgia and other painters who have died…” Being a painter as well as a musician Kuhns connects her visual perceptions of the world, through her own original paintings adorning the CD’s cover, with her musical expressions in brand new songs full of energy, passion for life, and a deep concern for our planet.
“Nanuk,” the Inuit name for the polar bear, is the title of a song entreating us to pay attention to the plight of this great bear; featuring Lynn Gudmundsen’s haunting violin wrapped around Kuhns’ crystal clear vocals, singing, “Nanuk walks, walks on frozen water….”
Other tracks include “Greyhound,” a powerful song about letting go of our children as they step out into the world, with vocals that reach your heart, Maury Smith’s empathic guitar and an achingly beautiful saxophone part played by Woody Mankowski; “Racing,” a sultry jazz/ blues song; “Half Way to Heaven,” which rocks out with a wild electric guitar solo by Tommy Burroughs; and an amazing and innovative cover of “The Rose” in which she is accompanied by George Sawyn’s classical guitar and Hans Christian’s cello.
Kuhns’ is proud to acknowledge her son, Eli Mattson, who’s piano adds rich levels to several tracks, and her daughter, Mary Durlin, who sings in the mother daughter choir on “Wise Women”.
Once again Hans Christian co-produced with Kuhns, and recorded, mixed and mastered the whole project at his studio in Sister Bay. In addition he plays bass, cello and more on many of the songs.
This project has a new energy and steps outside Kuhns’ earlier styles and tendencies, adding percussion, several new musicians, and more complicated production.
“It has been an imaginative and visionary project,” Kuhns says, “I owe so much to Maury Smith, my primary guitar player. Maury helped arrange most of the songs and gave me confidence in my new work. We had so much fun finding the direction of each song together.”
This winter Kuhns has also enjoyed performing at the Café Launch open mics on Thursday nights in Sturgeon Bay,Wisconsin, where she met Adam Mackintosh. Mackintosh helped arrange “Vertical Hold,” giving the music a Santana feel and a surprise Reggae break. “Mackintosh and Dan Mayhew both play guitar on the song and Adam contributed a fantastic electric guitar solo,” says Kuhns.
Jeanne Kuhns is a fixture in the Door County, Wisconsin music scene winning the best female music award from Door County Magazine in 2008. Kuhns performs weekly thruout the year and is known for conceiving of, booking and hosting the, Woodwalk Concert Series which attracts singer/songwriters from the national arena.



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I've seen and heard Jeanne sing in places small and large over the past years. This album is totally Jeanne. Her passion, humor, sadness, hopes - all are in these songs. Jeanne sings the same way she paints: directly from her heart. She lays it all out for us to listen, enjoy and be enriched. Amazing gift to us.


Songs in my head
Jeannie's new CD Ghost Ranch Is amazing. It is packed full of music with amazing lyrics and wonderful melodies. This is an extremely tight CD with some songs playing like prayers. Jeannie backed by this awesome collection of artists has created magic!


Just discovered Jeanne this past year and regret that I did not hear her sooner.

Sean B. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team

Outstanding collection of Folk/Rock music
Singer/songwriter Jeanne Kuhns and her CD "Ghost Ranch" is an outstanding collection of folk/rock songs that centers on her sensual and soothing voice. The song, "Greyhound," is a smooth sounding folk number, with just a hint of the blues, while also featuring beautiful saxophone and cello highlights. "Halfway To Heaven" is a song in which Kuhns' vocals get a little more emphatic in a tune that shows her edgier side. "Wise Women" is a slower paced piece in which Kuhns tunefully reminisces about her mother and the advice she gave her. This album is great for those who appreciate folk music and a vocalist who projects her voice with a dynamic range and heartfelt spirit. Fans of Joni Mitchell or Bonnie Raitt will enjoy Kuhns' voice as it is charming and really complements her music well. The songs of "Ghost Ranch" would be a great addition to your CD collection as it is filled with memorable melodies.