Jenny Whiteley | Dear

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by Jenny Whiteley

She positions herself just to the left of Lucinda Williams, a little behind Bonnie Raitt and within touching distance of Dolly Parton.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Indoor Lightning
3:33 album only
2. Banjo Girl
2:13 album only
3. Unsung
3:24 album only
4. Heart of Gold
5:00 album only
5. Write Me Away
4:20 album only
6. Take Your Time and Do It Right
3:15 album only
7. Other Side Of Life
3:44 album only
8. Yellow Couch
3:33 album only
9. Four Storey Story
4:16 album only
10. You're The One
2:40 album only
11. Every Minute That You're In It
2:17 album only
12. When It Rains I Pour
4:34 album only


Album Notes
Dear is the eagerly awaited follow-up to Jenny Whiteley’s Juno Award winning and internationally acclaimed 2004 album ‘Hopetown’. Just like Hopetown picked up where Jenny’s Juno Award winning, self titled debut left off, Dear takes us further down the road of one of Canada’s best songwriters. Once again produced by Steve Dawson, Dear is blessed with many of the same musicians that appeared on Hopetown, including Amy Milan (Stars, Broken Social Scene), Dan Whiteley, Joey Wright (Sarah Harmer), Chris Whiteley, and many others from the rich Canadian community of roots music. Blending folk/roots style and instrumentation with contemporary production elements and sounds, a timeless and unique sounding album has emerged. Opening with the heart breaking Indoor Lightning and ending with the equally heartbreaking When It Rains I Pour, Dear is 12 songs strong. From toe tappers like Banjo Girl and Yellow Couch to a duet with Jim Byrnes (The Other Side Of Life) and the slow anthem of Write Me Away. There is a wisdom and depth to these songs that belie the gorgeously simple delivery and through it all Jenny’s beautiful voice takes center stage. Dear laughs, and it cries. It says hello and it says goodbye. In short these dozen new songs are everything one could hope for from this Canadian songwriting treasure. Since the beginnings of Jenny’s old band, Heartbreak Hill, in the late nineties, she has been singing, writing songs, and playing music for a living. Jenny has toured all over North America, playing historic venues and premier festivals, sharing the stage with some of her heroes along the way. Jenny is also the driving force behind the successful touring road show ‘The Hootenanny’ which brings together songwriters such as Jenny, Oh Susannah, Carolyn Mark, Shuyler Jansen and many others for cross-Canada tours. Watch for Jenny in Canada all through the fall.



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CW Brown

Jenny Whiteley's "Dear" is First Album Good
Often times a singer/songwriter will bring forth a wonderful first record. There has usually been a lengthy period where they work through versions, try the songs every-which-way and get to choose tunes from a number of years of writing.

To my knowledge, Jenny Whiteley has made three recordings, Jenny Whiteley, Hopetown and Dear. If you haven't heard them here's a suggestion. Buy all three take them out of the packaging then let them spin without reference to graphics or dates. If you can allow yourself to move from one disc long enough to try another, see if you can tell which is a first effort, second and third.

The production won't tell you. The accompaniment won't get noticeably better or suddenly sound 'studio.' The writing is mature and tuneful in all three efforts.

Upshot is Jenny Whiteley tells affecting stories and sings like she's being doing it well all her life.

If you can only afford to try one disc... just buy one you'll get the rest as you go.

Bt Cat

This release further proves that this lady is among the top Americana/roots songwriters in the business. She displays a stunning eye for detail to the human spirit, and she backs it up with top-notch melody. Pretty amazing. We're very proud of her here in Canada.