This is a lovely album for anyone who yearns for authenticity in their music. Anyone who’s seen Appalachian duo Jeni & Billy live will have been holding their breath for this album. You will be delighted they have released this live collection of their “hits,” complete with Jeni Hankins’ riveting and delightful explanations behind each song. Each and every story will make you laugh or cry, whether it’s the tale of the grave of her moonshining great-grandpa or her Uncle Roy Lee’s beloved pink car. The way she describes cedar trees swaying in the breeze or a young child’s innocence in the face of adult alcoholism is almost as pleasing as listening to her bell-like vocals and Billy Kemp’s deft plucking. – Maverick Magazine, UK
Two-CD Set in a six panel eco-friendly wallet, designed by Jeni, featuring tour photos. Jeni & Billy live in concert from The Living Tradition (Anaheim, California), Aliso Viejo Library (California), Caltech Folk Music Society (Pasadena, California), Fort Stockton Public Library (Texas), Las Alturas House Concerts (Las Cruces, New Mexico). All songs and stories recorded to the highest standard with a top mobile recording rig. Recorded on tour in 2012.
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The Question that folks ask us more than any other when we are on tour is “Don’t you ever get tired of traveling?” And the Answer is “Yes.” When the laundry gets high, the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches get old, and the tire on the Airstream blows, we do feel a bit like going home to our ramshackle hundred year old house and being nothing but reclusive songwriters.
But, we’ve both said it and the truth is that we love performing and we love all that being touring musicians brings: the chance to see Joshua Tree National Park, to eat chips and mushy peas in Bridlington, to teach songwriting in Toronto, to eat cold soups in Maryland and spicy beans in California, and to make new friends at every stop.
Family reunions are big up on Jewell Ridge. They are full
of potato and jello salads and require a new outfit complete with scratchy tights. Our line of work seems to lead us to something akin to a family reunion wherever we go. Luckily, scratchy tights are not required, and jello salads rarely make an appearance!
We dedicate this record to our extended family from California to Cottingham, from Toronto to Texas, from Virginia to Vermont, who welcome us to their homes, driveways, libraries, schools, coffeehouses, festivals, and shindigs year after year. Without your encouragement and kindness, we would only camp in our back yard and sing to the birds.
We love you. Jeni & Billy
released January 1, 2013
Produced by Jeni & Billy
Recorded & Mixed by Billy Kemp
Photos by Jeni Hankins
Packaging design by Greg Hankins & Jeni Hankins
Mastered by Jim DeMain
First Set Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 15 & 16 and Second Set Tracks 1, 2, 11, 12, 13 & 14
The Living Tradition Concert Series
Anaheim, CA • May 19, 2012
George Santoro, Steve Blakesley, & Billy Kemp on Sound
Gary & Terri Trobridge, Concert Coordinators
First Set Tracks 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13
Aliso Viejo Library
Orange County Public Library
Aliso Viejo, CA • May 16, 2012
Billy Kemp on Sound
Cathy Lê, Teen Services Librarian
Second Set Tracks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8
Caltech Folk Music Society
Pasadena, CA • May 12, 2012
Scott McGuigan on Sound
Nick Smith, Coordinator, Caltech Folk Music Society
First Set Track 14
Fort Stockton Public Library
Fort Stockton, TX • April 24, 2012
Billy Kemp on Sound
Elva Valadez, Library Director
Concert sponsored by the H. Edward Petsch Art and Music Memorial
Second Set Tracks 9 & 10
Las Alturas House Concerts
Las Cruces, NM • April 27, 2012
Billy Kemp on Sound
Lee Herman & Cynthia Zender, Hosts
All songs written by
Jeni Hankins (Lulu Wall Music, BMI) & Billy Kemp (Franklin Morris Music, BMI) except First Set Tracks 5 & 7 and Second Set Track 10 by Jeni Hankins
First Set Tracks 11 & 14 - Traditional, arranged by Jeni & BIlly
Collage Photo of Jeni & Billy in Concert by Susie Glaze
Gary Trobridge introduces Jeni & Billy on Track 1
Thanks to Mike Senior at Sound on Sound for mixing tips.
Special Thanks to Lee Herman & Cynthia Zender, Susie Glaze & Steve Rankin, Charley & Anet Carlin, Merlin & Debbie Snider, Dillon O’Brian, Catherine Deeter, Lyle Snow, Garry & Mary Eister, Craig Eastman & Ali Moynihan. Love to you all.
Thanks to Don Young & the folks at National Reso-Phonic Guitars.
Thanks to the folks up on Jewell Ridge and Smith Ridge, Virginia, for inspiring these stories and songs.
Jeni Hankins grew up in the coalfields of Appalachian in Southwest Virginia among a family of miners, moonshiners, and
journalists. Her writing pulls the grit, gumption, and keen sense of observation out of that heritage like drawing water from her grandmother’s well.
In every song, Jeni’s “true sense of place shines through – old as the hills, but brand new at the same time.”...more