Order 3 or more CDs and get 1¢ domestic shipping through 03/31/2020.
Johnette Napolitano | Sketchbook

Go To Artist Page

Recommended if You Like
Karen Carpenter Picasso

Album Links
concreteblondeofficialwebsite.com GreatIndieMusic PassAlong Tradebit MusicIsHere PayPlay Apple iTunes

More Artists From
United States - California - LA

Other Genres You Will Love
Easy Listening: Background Music Spoken Word: With Music Moods: Featuring Guitar
There are no items in your wishlist.


by Johnette Napolitano

Eccentric bits and pieces suitable for bathing to, vacuuming, cooking & reading.
Genre: Easy Listening: Background Music
Release Date: 

We'll ship when it's back in stock

Order now and we'll ship when it's back in stock, or enter your email below to be notified when it's back in stock.
Continue Shopping
available for download only
Share to Google +1

To listen to tracks you will need to update your browser to a recent version.

  Song Share Time Download
1. Difficult Woman
6:17 $0.99
2. Full Moon Mix
2:09 $0.99
3. Mississippi George
3:02 $0.99
4. Shocking
6:24 $0.99
5. Whalecalls
4:49 $0.99
6. Summer Rain
4:58 $0.99
7. Sweat in the Saddle
3:48 $0.99
8. Like a Cloud
4:30 $0.99
9. Freaky Dreaming
2:39 $0.99
10. Superstar
3:27 $0.99
11. Prayer
3:10 $0.99
12. Why Not Stand Down
7:01 $0.99
13. Amazon
3:33 $0.99
14. Giant Gongs & Backwards Guitars
5:22 $0.99
15. Mood Music
4:44 $0.99
16. When I'm Gone
4:40 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Johnette Napolitano is the singer/writer/bassist/instrumentalist for Concrete Blonde & formerly of Pretty & Twisted with the late great Marc Moreland of Wall of Voodoo and also of The (Talking Heads) with Weymouth, Harrison & Franz.
While Concrete Blonde is still active and touring and soon to release 'Live in Brazil' this Spring, Johnette got herself into computers, Pro-Tools and Sangre de Toro Spanish Red and this is what happened. An extremely limited edition, there are less than 1000 copies of 'Sketchbook' available, formerly an exclusive on the Concrete Blonde Official Website.

'Sketchbook' is exactly that, experiments, ideas, self-indulgent harmonies and various Art Bell guests set to musical dreamscapes. Guests include George Holstein on dobro, steel guitar and baby voices, and former Pretty & Twisted drummer Danny Montgomery. 'Sketchbook' was recorded by Johnette at her former Hollywood home studio, The Brando Room. She has recently relocated to a patch of desert near Joshua Tree, California with her 3 dogs, Frida, Chichinitza & Coco.

'Sketchbook 2' is currently simmering on the vintage Wedgewood.



to write a review

Mike Wilkinson

Incredibly open. An honest and insightful glimpse of her artistic vision.
Johnette has never had a problem sharing her thoughts with others through her writings and this solo effort is no exception. From beginning to end she never fails to make you feel something and, on more than a few tracks, she manages to touch a nerve or two. It's no exaggeration to say that Johnette has one of the most powerful voices in music but when you consider the power of the mind behind the words you are faced with a world changing LP. Now if we can just get her the respect she deserves!!!

Valley Blossom

Johnette sketched on this soul
You know, I knew I would love this album....Its very haunting and experimentally raw! I dig it!
I cant wait to hear more of these etchings. While listening to this album I could vision Johnette in her home studio late into the wee hours, glass of MERLOT, having a blast!

John Williamson

Idiosyncratic and intriguing.
I was pleasantly surprised, given that homemade albums are usually sort of deficient in variety of material, sonic dynamics, etc. It's fascinating to watch a real artist at work. Her vocal on "Superstar" is remarkable as are all the great bass workouts on the other tunes. Also, the use of synths is neat-- real atmospheric.


don't leave home without it...
once again johnette comes through. arriving on a not so great day, sketchbook took me out of me head and into a place of wonder and awe! every track brings a different feeling, a different sensation. i could sense some pretty and twisted, but at the same time all of it is very new, somewhat refreshing, and definately inspirational. so fantastic that i am about to purchase a second copy for my girlfriend because it is to good to share, and i don't leave home without it.


The Always Trying Something New Artist
Having just seen C.Blonde in NY a few days before this arrived, I was thrilled !!! Like everything else she does Johnette produced something new, personal, universal and beautiful. I am eternally grateful she keeps putting herself out there to share with allof us.


'Bout Time!
Ever since Johnette's solo album "Sound of a Woman" fell through, I've been waiting for a solo from her, and here it finally is. It is wonderful and I love it. Keep up the good work, Johnette! No matter what you do, you never disappoint.


Johnette you are incredible.. Your voice takes me away.. Please make another solo album..Love ya..

Rick B

Facinating glimpse of an artist at work
If you are looking at this CD you are probably a fan of the band.Be ready for music that is more experimental in nature,after all,it is a sketchbook.Be ready to be wonderfully surprised as well.Johnette's voice sounds as strong and clear as ever with the appropriate level of restraint when needed.Difficult Woman is a great introduction.Songs like Summer Rain and Like a cloud are simply beautiful.There are some offbeat songs here but it all comes together when you take the time to sit down and really listen.There is a hypnotic,haunting underlying rhythm throughout.Highly recommended for longtime fans.Looking forward to Sketchbook II...

Jason Pudwill

Great CD
I have been a fan of Concrete Blonde and Johnette for a long time. This album is a great, well worth owning. Much better than Sound of a Woman.

antonette monardo

something to listen to over and over
great music, great mind, loved every track... Johnettes the greatest!
1 2 3 4 5 6 7