Jessica Stiles | 'EP'

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'EP'

by Jessica Stiles

Rootsy Americana with a twist of classic country - straight outta Portland Oregon, where the train whistle blows soft and lonesome at night.
Genre: Country: Americana
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1. Carousel
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2. Diamond City
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3. Liar's Hand
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4. Dear God
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5. I Never Had the One I Wanted
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6. You Pays Yer Money
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
JESSICA WAS BORN IN THE COOL SAND UNDER THE BOARDWALK IN CONEY ISLAND...HER BASINET WAS GENTLY PLACED ON A WEST-BOUND FREIGHT TRAIN, AND SHE ENDED UP IN PORTLAND, OREGON WHERE SHE CURRENTLY RESIDES, SINGS IN A HONKY-TONK BAND, AND WRITES SONGS.

album artwork by ANNE GREENWOOD, from her embroidery series, 'Winter Count'.

PERSONNEL:
Jessica Stiles - voice and guitar
Alexander Browning - fiddle
Dylan-Thomas Vance - lap slide guitar
Harley James - pedal steel guitar
Jenny Conlee - piano (& a little toy piano)
Michael Papillo - double bass
Darrin Craig - backup vocals

recorded by Sean Flora at Secret Society Recording Studio - Portland, Oregon. produced by Jessica Stiles. Covers hand-letterpressed by Stumptown Printers on recycled stock, USA.

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Jordan magill

You'll only wish it was longer
Jessica Stiles’s voice alone would make this album worthwhile. As is the case with the best vocalists, she is notable not merely for her timber and control, but also her ability to layer her singing with nuance and emotion that makes listening to her a treat. Particularly with the case of country, the pathos of the singer as much as the lyrics and melody, comes together to make a powerful whole.

Listeners will find Stiles also to be an able lyricist, with a gift for poetry. Four of the six compositions on the album are the work of her pen. Her skill shines especially in the track titled “Diamond City,” a number to which her voice is well suited. For me, her music brought to mind Patsy Cline and Billie Holiday’s emotive punch.

At just over 15 minutes, the album offers a fine sampling of this artist’s talents. Indeed, the greatest compliment I can pay is that it’ll make you really wish for more.
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Chase P. Younker

You Takes Yer Chances...
The fist time I heard Jessica Stiles I was at the end of a heated pool game. I lowered to the felt to aim on an 8-ball gimmie when suddenly my attention was broken by a soulful voice singing a hauting tune. I stood up before I shot and, much to my opponents dismay, left the pool room of the Laurelthirst to hear more. I got to the stage of the pub and watched as Jessica threw me back in time to a 1920's speakeasy. Smoke filled the dim-lit room and Jessica put all the soul of Ella Fitzgerald into that bluesy slow song. I stayed longer to listen to her not only gain approval of the jazz crowd, but also play some of my favorite country and folk songs in a style reminiscent of Lorretta Lynn and Patsy Cline.

A fantastic vocal talent, Jessica Stiles truely delivers on this EP. Together with some of the best strings, keys, and skins in the Northwest, each track lends a slightly different scope to the Big Picture painted in the words and tones of this Portland gem.

So, Pays Yer Money and listen in to a truely talented girl with all the soul to stop a pool game. I never did find out if that 8-ball dropped...
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