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Butter. Karen Jonas

'Yellow Brick Road', the song that opens Karen Jonas' new album Butter, may have an intro that sounds fairly familiar, as soon as Karen Jonas starts singing, my day brightens like little else. My favourite country-singer has a new album. I noticed I simply felt happy just from that thought after she announced the release on Twitter.

This blog is five years and a few months old today and Karen Jonas features for the fourth time with an album. It all started with duo The Parlor Soldiers and now her third solo album.

If anything Karen Jonas flexes her musical muscles on Butter. The material ranges from country rockers to country ballads and big band jazz banter tinged songs to a Grace Slick infused post-hippie song. It can't be long before a lot more people will become aware of her and more importantly her music.

Butter opens with 'Yellow Brick Road' and I am alright. The slightly poppy melody, the clear lead guitar sounds of Tim Bray, the warm Hammond B3 sound. On top of that all the firm, slightly rough voice of Karen Jonas creeps into my ears to settle there, tickling my musical preferences. There are days I settle for less, I can assure you. Next up is a country ballad, called 'My Sweet Arsonist', so soft and sweet. What 'Wild Horses' is to The Rolling Stones, this song can become to Karen Jonas. It has a beautiful melody, so relaxed, sung so well and a killer chorus. And, should you be wondering, this song is about sex people (and love). Yes, don't be shocked, nearly all of us have a sweet arsonist and if you have not, I surely hope you will find him/her/neutral very soon. A complement for this original textual pun is due here. Just compare Kings of Leon's biggest hit's title. Hah!

If anything this album shows how Karen Jonas balances her life between being a mother (of four!),a musician and loving, longing partner. She sings about how she takes care of her kids in 'Butter', a jazzy song reaching back to days long past musically, just listen to the raucous horns starting the song, telling about trying to be a mother of old and living fully in the now with all responsibilities that come with that. Jonas plays circa 150 shows a year with her musical partner Tim Bray. I don't know about his family circumstances, but I'm sure hardly anyone asks him how he keeps everything up and running at home. They will ask Karen Jonas regularly. Well, with 'Butter' she provides you with an answer should you be wondering. Go, Karen! Homemade cooking and straight whiskey, the two sides of here life caught in four words.

Three songs and three totally different musical starting points. Butter does not keep this level of originality. Probably luckily so, as at a certain point only opera and EDM remain as unique musical genres. Joking aside, Karen Jonas manages to keep up her level of quality. Easily it seems. With an expert band behind her, the sound of this record is full and warm. Recorded in a studio five minutes from her home in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Jonas, Bray and co-producer Jeff Covert have found the right sound for the songs. Yes, that can involve a strong electric guitar, rocking out loudly at the end of a ballad like 'Gospel Of The Road'. Or reaching back to the mood producer Ron Frangipane created on Grace Slick's 'Dreams'. Yes, dreamy, yet so solid you could drive a truck into the sound, wrecking the truck.

Throughout the album the mood keeps changing. With the exception of the country song 'Mamma's First Rodeo' each change is exceptional. Karen Jonas not only confirms her status as my favourite country singer, she clearly manages to set a next step in her career. She is growing and growing, becoming better by the album. Beautiful ballads like 'Dance With Me' and 'The Circus' only continue to confirm what I have written before, while 'Mr. Wonka', again provides the topsy-turvy aspect of change.

Let me end with a confession of something I am aware of for some time now: I am simply in love with Karen Jonas' singing. There you have it.


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As every parent can attest, being a good storyteller has its merits. Then there’s Karen Jonas.  This beautifully-voiced Americana artist not only has young children at home, she has successfully juggled the insanity that comes with being a mom and an artist, and performer.  While working on her latest album, “Butter,” Karen literally would put the kids to bed and go down to Wally Cleaver’s Studios in her hometown of Fredericksburg, VA, to work on the album with guitarist and musical partner Tim Bray.

A singer with a sultry, soulful delivery who describes herself in “My Sweet Arsonist” as, “I wouldn’t say I’m gettin’ old, but I wouldn’t say I’m young” wrote songs for her previous albums that concentrated on heartbreak.  This time, the set is all about her and her daily challenges of motherhood and career.  As she sings in the set-closer, the aptly-titled, “Circus,” she admits that her current life has a lot of three-ring atmosphere, but she doesn’t want to part of a REAL circus, where “everyone here has a mask on.”

We had three favorites, too.  Trumpet and acoustic guitar embellish Karen’s look at one of our favorite fables, the tale of “poor Icarus,” done in by his own “foolish ambition,” and leads Karen to remind us that “people weren’t meant to fly.”  She puts on her blues and pure country Stetson for a couple of cuts, too.  The title cut simply steams and drips “Butter,” as our sultry chanteuse slyly and sexily spins a tale of good home-cookin’ from a gal who “looks like Grace Kelly and tastes like Betty Crocker,” set over a jazzy, “3 AM, last-call” groove.  Classic country fueled by pedal steel and Karen’s “spit in your eye” vocals tells any potential suitor, “don’t try and BS me, darlin’–this ain’t Mama’s First Rodeo.”

The emergence of young talent such as Ashley Monroe, Kacey Musgraves, Nikki Lane, and the like, has given an artist with the talents of Karen Jonas a chance to show off her considerable chops, all the while doing it and raising  a family simultaneously.  Spread some “Butter” on your music-lovin’ soul, and enjoy this sweet ride!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

Don’t Miss: Karen Jonas @ Pearl Street Warehouse, 6/2/18

Don’t Miss: Karen Jonas @ Pearl Street Warehouse, 6/2/18

Posted on 05/30/2018 by Mickey McCarter

Local singer-songwriter Karen Jonas independently releases Butter, her third full-length album, on Friday, June 1. On the very next day, she will perform her new country/Americana tunes at Pearl Street Warehouse!


Hailing from Fredericksburg, Virginia, Karen is mom to four kids and performs roughly 150 shows a year. “Whether I’m finishing up a gig at midnight or getting pounced on by my kids at 6:30am, I usually feel like my life is a circus,” Karen says. “So I started writing songs about my circus.”

Listen to “Butter” by Karen Jonas on Soundcloud:

Karen recorded the new album at night at Wally Cleaver’s Recording Studio in Fredericksburg after putting her kids to bed. Tim Bray, her guitarist and musical partner for nearly half a decade, joined her for those nighttime recording sessions, as did a number of other musicians who laced Butter’s 10 songs with pedal steel, B3 organ, upright piano, layers of guitar, and seven-piece horn arrangements.

“My first two albums featured a lot of heartbroken songs,” Karen said. “That didn’t feel authentic for this album. Butter is about my story now, as a working musician and mother — about the challenges of each role and, especially, the challenge of balancing the two. It’s about baking my cake and eating it, too.”

As Karen says, there are a lot of successful mothers “making time to pursue their passions” and thereby “changing the world.” You can go along for the ride. Buy your tickets online.

Karen Jonas
The Linemen
w/ Cary Hudson (Blue Mountain)
Pearl Street Warehouse
Saturday, June 2
Doors @ 7pm
All ages


Gary Hayes Country - Review

By Joshua Wallace

Butter is Karen Jonas’s third album and her first since 2016’s Country Songs.  If you’re familiar with Karen Jonas you know exactly what to expect from her third album.  She produces great country tunes with a knack for storytelling and she has improved all around on this record.  There are even moments of ragtime blues, jazz and soul to give the album an old time feel. Butter has a running theme of circuses whether it’s the circus of life or the actual circus.  Let’s dig a bit deeper into some of these tracks.

The title track of the album, “Butter” sounds like it would fit in a smoky jazz lounge room in the 1920’s complete with a full horn section.  It’s a sultry track that needs a music video to match the visuals the song creates. Another favorite is “Gospel Of The Road”. It’s a country ballad for all the vagabonds that is about living the normal life while the dream of the road lingers.  I also really like “Mama’s First Rodeo”. This pedal steel is thick on this track and it’s a good one. We all know the phrase that inspired this track and Karen Jonas does not disappoint delivering a great song based around that.

The album closes out with a trio of tracks that blend into each other for a grand finale.  “Dance With Me” is another country ballad about how rough life is and challenges the rich to “step down from your mansion and dance”.  It is filled with an optimism that quickly goes out in the next tracks. “Dance With Me” flows into “Mr. Wonka” which is a much more whimsical circus inspired tune.  It uses the Wonka character to describe someone who promises false riches with all the fake flair and pomp and circumstance that you can buy on a budget. It takes the character of this trilogy of songs into the new and strange world they find themselves in when “Mr. Wonka” continues into the final ballad of “The Circus”. Here, the character finds herself actually drawn in the circus but does not find it as appealing as it looks from the outside.  So in this trilogy of songs that are tied together, Jonas touches on the optimism one can have early on, even while dealing with hardships, the false promises of those that would try to lure you in and finally, the overall circus and how unappealing it can be to be actually in it. It is possible these 3 tracks could be touching on her feelings of the country music industry, but it’s done so in a way that leaves them open to the interpretation of the listener, which is very clever.  

Karen Jonas has delivered a great third album in Butter.  Her style is becoming familiar to her fans, yet she is expanding into new territory and sounds with this record and it works.  I have been a fan since Oklahoma Lottery and I look forward to every release. Butter is out everywhere digitally on June 1st and CDs can be ordered on Bandcamp.

Favorite Tracks : Butter, Gospel Of The Road, Mama’s First Rodeo, Dance With Me, Mr. Wonka, The Circus

Karen Jonas – Butter (2018)

  1. Yellow Brick Road
  2. My Sweet Arsonist
  3. Butter
  4. Gospel Of The Road
  5. Kamikaze Love
  6. Oh Icarus
  7. Mama’s First Rodeo
  8. Dance With Me
  9. Mr. Wonka
  10. The Circus

Local singer-songwriter Karen Jonas is smooth like 'Butter'

by Stephen Hu

It was a busy 2017 for Fredericksburg’s foremost alt-country artists Karen Jonas and Tim Bray. They played over 150 shows, recorded a new album, and Jonas had a baby boy. The new album, “Butter,” will be released at a show Friday at The Kenmore Inn. The sessions for the album stretched out from January 2017 all the way through the beginning of this year.

“It was nice to have that time to listen and reflect every week on what we had done,” said Jonas. “We undid a lot of things and changed our minds. We had the opportunity to do that because we had time to think about it.”

“We would record after she put the kids to bed and I got off of work,” said Bray. “We would get there at 8 some nights and be out by 10:30 … Karen encouraged me to think through my parts a lot more. Most of the songs from the last album, we had been out playing live. It was new for me not to have the performance angle under my belt when you go in the studio and to come up with stuff on the spot. Karen did a great job of parsing all the instruments out.”

“Butter” covers a lot of new musical territory for Jonas and Bray. The songs have a variety of moods and styles. The title song has a swing feel, which is accentuated with a horn section arranged and led by Zack Smith of the Dixie Power Trio. Jonas and Bray had first asked Smith to add some improvised trumpet to the song “Icarus.” They were so pleased with the results they sent him some additional songs, but Smith heard an opportunity to add something more.

“We were looking at the next set of tunes we were working on and we thought we have to get Zack back in,” said Jonas. “So we sent him ‘Butter’ and ‘Mr. Wonka,’ thinking maybe he could come back in and put some trumpet on these two. He said, ‘Yeah I could do that but I’m kind of hearing this eight-part horn section.’ We said, If that’s what you’re hearing then we should do that. So he wrote all that up and brought in those guys.”

“That’s one of my favorite memories from the recording,” said Bray. “We didn’t know what it was going to sound like. It was Zack, Dan Haverstock on trombone, and Steve Patterson on saxophones. They went in and played all the different parts written out. They did one pass and we thought that was pretty crazy hearing it for the first time. Then we rewind and they do the second layer of it and then we thought, oh, this is it.”

Part of the difference in the recording process for “Butter” was the planning that went into recording each track. Producer Jeff Covert from Wally Cleaver Studio was an important collaborator in the project.

“This one we built in more of the classic way to record something, which is to layer everything up and start at the beginning, and work everything until I felt like it was perfect,” said Jonas. “[Covert] was a great sounding board for ideas. He helped ferry us along on a direction to keep us going. I think he hears a broader picture than I do. He was really great at working with us, with what we were trying to accomplish.”


“He was also a mediator between us and the other musicians,” added Bray. “We would say, I don’t know if I like that drum part. We would tell him and he would translate for us.”

The lyrics also reflect changes in Jonas’s life since her last album. A prolific songwriter, she keeps notebooks full of songs that give her a lot of material to choose from.

“I really enjoy the idea of an album as a broader concept than just a collection of random songs,” said Jonas. “I want the album to have some kind of theme to it. To me all of these songs tell a story about my life and what I’ve been up to, even though a few of them are from further back in my catalogue. Some of them I wrote while we were recording and some in between. But they’re songs I selected in order to tell a story. I didn’t want to record another heartbreak album. I think there’s more things to talk about.”

One outstanding track on the new album is “Mama’s First Rodeo.” Definitely a song written from experience, the sound is classic country up to the refrain which includes the word “bull[expletive],” which makes it unlikely to be played on the radio.

“We tried to explain it to the radio lady and she’s like. ‘well if you just say it once it’s probably OK, but that one was too much,’” said Jonas. “It’s about big talkers who don’t have a lot to back it up. There’s some BS-ers out there for sure and we’ve run into a few of them. We’re out working hard and trying to make a living at it. These people are saying they can do all kinds of things for us then not having the means or wherewithal to back that up. We don’t have time for that.”

Pop Matters - Video Premiere

Karen Jonas Shows Great Taste, Cooks Up Delish Dish Made With Real "Butter" (premiere)


 30 May 2018

Photo: Amber Renée Photography

Music is Karen Jonas' bread and butter. Or, in this case, pure, unadulterated butter. 

That's exactly what the Fredericksburg, Virginia-based singer-songwriter dishes out as the main ingredient in the music video she premieres today (May 30) at PopMatters. There is nothing better than the real thing — the title song to her album Butter that will be released independently on Friday (June 1).

"I wanted to incorporate some different roles that I play in this video," said Jonas, who does double duty as a full-time mother of four and a busy musician who plays more than 150 shows a year and is releasing her third album, following her 2014 debut Oklahoma Lottery and 2016's Country Songs

"I am myself a mama in the kitchen and singer on stage, and then also at a retro fun cocktail party. [Director] Ryan Poe really helped to cement these concepts with the shots he chose."

Check out "Butter" now, then learn more about the music video, the jazzy, horny (as in trumpet, trombone and sax) song, the album and Jonas, whose quotes were provided by her publicist. Then, as they say in the South, bring your appetite. Here's just a taste of the lyrics that will leave you drooling for more:

  • Stop on by for dinner / try it don't you wanna
  • you're gonna love her / Mama cooks with butter

Poe, a Fredericksburg videographer, shot previous videos for Jonas songs such as "Wasting Time" and "Country Songs", which feature live performance settings. But the retro-cool aspects of "Butter" put Jonas in various locations. A kitchen scene was filmed in the home of guitarist Tim Bray (her musical partner for almost five years) because "his kitchen is more photogenic than mine," Jonas said.

Other live shots took place in "an elegant venue" called Fredericksburg Square — "They have a fantastic cabaret stage that I knew would be perfect for the vibe," Jonas said — and Smithsonian, Doug Stewart's historic downtown home that's no relation to the museums in Washington, D.C., but turned out to be the perfect place to throw a cocktail party.

Playing "Mama" meant, of course, Jonas' children were able to make cameo appearances in the kitchen scene. Who knows if they'll return for the sequel, though.

"There were a couple of minor mishaps," Jonas admitted. "There was the part where Hazel (7) got flour in June's (9) eye and almost got fired from her video role. PJ (2) took a big spill the day before the shoot and had a black eye and a bump on his forehead so enormous and unfortunate that he could only be filmed from behind."

Jonas, rooted in folk and country music, takes on plenty of genres from ragtime to blues to soul on the 10-track album, which she wrote and recorded in Fredericksburg. The sessions were held in the evening after her kids went to bed, and Jonas made the 5-minute drive to Wally Cleaver's Recording studio, where she co-produced with Bray and Jeff Covert.

Singer-songwriter Karen Jonas said, "I wanted 'Butter' to be classy and sexy." / Photo: Amber Renée Photography

The title song gave Jonas a chance to show she isn't defined by just one role — this entertainer, guitarist, singer, songwriter and mother can handle the heat — in or out of the kitchen.

"I wanted 'Butter' to be classy and sexy," Jonas said. "It's retro-domestic; it's about a mama who's not just showing up, she's owning it. I work at night playing music, so I have the chance to spend my days taking care of my four kids. I am proud of my role as a mother and a musician. I wanted that to shine through in 'Butter.' " 

While watching Jonas pour it on, Mama might even say, "Life is butter than ever."

Michael Bialas is a journalist and photographer who enjoys writing about entertainment and sports for a number of online publications, including PopMattersand No DepressionFollow him on Twitter: @mjbialas

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Karen Jonas - Butter

Jonas's intensely personal songwriting first grabbed national attention with the release of her critically acclaimed 2014 debut album Oklahoma Lottery, followed by Country Songs in 2016. In 2017, Jonas was nominated for an Ameripolitan Award in the Honky Tonk Female Category, and won Readers' Choice Award for Best Local Band/Vocalist by the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star in 2017 and 2018. Her music has been lauded around the world.

BUTTER is a superb,diverse album full of real country songs mixed in with ragtime blues,jazz and even a little soul.

It opens with 'Yellow Brick Road' which could be straight out of a Dolly Parton back catalogue. This is a 'proper'country tune of humongous portions.

The subtle harmony with Jeff Covert is sublime,and he remains prevalent through most of the album. Jeff,along with Tim Bray,produced and engineered the album and throughout the recording process he would sing along in the studio.Karen enjoyed his singing so much she included him...lovely touch and rightly justified in my opinion.

Throughout the album we get 'true' country songs in 'Yellow Brick Road','My Sweet Arsonist','Mama's First Rodeo' 

Karen also introduces us to some sultry,jazz infused ragtime blues like 'Butter' and 'Oh Icarus'

Then we get the country ballads of 'Gospel Of The Road' 'Dance With Me' 'Kamikaze Love' giving us a superb haunting sound whilst still holding true to the country roots.

The final two tracks of 'Mr Wonka' and 'The Circus' really blend into one with a super production which gives us more of the ragtime blues mixed with jazz and bar room soul but then descends back into a stunning country number.

For Karen —a full-time musician and full-time mother —the album is a personal anthem. Butter is Karen Jonas’s finest combination of melody and message to date, stripped free of artificial ingredients and filers. This is Butter —smooth one minute, decadent the next, and fulfilling throughout.

For me,this album is a superb production and as I stated previously,it is diverse yet still holding that 'true' country sound that is quite rare these days.This young lady should be up the top with the country greats.



No Depression - Album Premiere

Butter Cuts Like a Knife and Melts Our Hearts

Karen Jonas - Butter

MAY 28, 2018

Karen Jonas is tired of the circus filled with clowns whose smiles mask their dishonest hearts, the sideshow barkers whose sleight of hand appears to be magic but whose illusions mask empty promises, and the ringmasters who orchestrate the madness. On her third album, Butter, Jonas celebrates life in her own circus — getting up early in the morning with her children, staying out late making music — even as she playfully, and defiantly, opens the tent flaps wide on that other circus and exposes its seediest characters.

Every night after she put the kids to bed, she headed over to Wally Cleaver’s Recording Studio in her hometown of Fredericksburg, Virginia, to lay down tracks for this new album, which she co-produced with Jeff Covert and Tim Bray. “We went into the studio with this collection of songs I wrote over the past few years, during which I dealt with some frustrating interactions with music industry folks and also gave birth to my third and fourth babies. Both themes make regular appearances throughout the album: the retro-domestic mama in the title track, the bliss of ‘My Sweet Arsonist,’ the longing of ‘Gospel of the Road,’ and the shady business characters in ‘Mama’s First Rodeo' and 'Mr. Wonka.' We put on our producer hats and spent 15 months stopping in the studio a couple of times a week after I put my kids to bed, chipping away at this quirky collection of recordings about my own personal circus.”

The songs on Butter range over every musical style from rock and jazz to ragtime (“Oh Icarus”), gospel-inflected pop, and Western swing. “Yellow Brick Road” couches a defiant riposte to the music industry and the often-empty promise and allure of doing music a certain way. The rim shot of the snare opens into a Dustin Brandt’s soaring B3. Tim Bray’s funky guitar riff, reminiscent of the chords on “I Fought the Law (and the Law Won”) and which the song resembles musically, float under the organ and Jonas’ vocals wind around them in a song that would have made Jeannie C. Riley proud. “Butter” is a slow-burning, fiery jazz torch song, just right for smoky lounges. Jonas’ sultry vocals ignite the tongue-in-cheek vamp about a June Cleaver-type mom who can rock the kitchen as well as the stage of the local clubs. “'Butter,'” says Jonas, “is about a retro-domestic mama who’s got everything under control. That’s not always me, but every once in a while I can find the balance between taking care of my kids all day and making kickass music at night, and everything goes smooth as butter.”

The aching pedal steel that opens “My Sweet Arsonist” weaves under Jonas’ vocals and Jay Starling’s piano in a lush, yet spare, song that mimics early morning passion and the sweetness that lingers in the moments after burning down each other with love. “Sing me a love song, and hold me tight/your tongue in my mouth, your hand on my hip set me on fire/and when we’re done and tired and the passion of our bodies turns into/peacefulness/you’re still my best friend.” “The Gospel of the Road,” whose musical structure recalls the Zac Brown Band’s “Sweet Annie,” rides a soaring lead guitar riff down the ambivalence of the comforts of home and the call of the road; no matter that the singer has “a little house to call my own outside the city,” this dream of making on the music is chasing her, and “it shines like silver, it’s pure like gold/It rings like church bells for the gospel of the road/It sticks like honey, but it bites like cold/and I love you baby, but I have to go.”

The Western swing shuffle “Mama’s First Rodeo” skitters with a nod-and-a-wink that reveals the singer’s knowing I-won’t-be-fooled-again approach to the music business: “I’m gonna call your bluff…/Don’t try to bullshit me, darling/don’t pretend like I don’t know/Don’t try to bullshit me, darling/this ain’t mama’s first rodeo.” The album closes with a suite of songs — “Dance with Me,” Mr. Wonka,” “The Circus” — that focus on the shady business practices of the music industry, its carnivalesque nature, and the peace that comes with living in the midst of a circus of your own making. The slow, balletic “Dance with Me” flows into the din of “Mr. Wonka,” which flows into the spare piano and vocals of “The Circus.” Jonas says, “I wrote ‘Dance with Me’ while I was still hopeful, and I wanted the song to sound like a starry night.” Of “Mr. Wonka,” she says, “We met a man who talked a big talk, he leaned in close, he used impressive words like ‘heretofore’ and ‘gestalt.’ He said he admired my ‘artistry’ and was going to help my career. I nicknamed him Mr. Wonka. He backpedaled hard when he found out I was pregnant with my third baby, and our deal fell through. I wrote 'Mr. Wonka' in disappointment, and I wanted it to sound like a drunken circus.” “The clarity of ‘The Circus,’” she says, “follows the din of ‘Mr. Wonka.’ It’s about waking up one morning and realizing you aren’t where you belong, that you’re fighting the wrong fight, and that it’s time to go home.”

Butter cuts like a knife through the fat of the music industry and gets close to the bone with honest storytelling about ambivalent emotions, passion for music, and celebration of life and love. Jonas’ vocals fuels these songs with their bare emotion, and her range and phrasing mirror the range of musical styles on the album. Butter melts into our hearts, clarifying the beauty of the little things that make up the everyday-ness of our lives.

We have the first listen here to the full album:

Belles and Gals "Six Country Artists to Watch"


Karen Jonas first came to my attention at the back end of 2016 when she released her second album ‘Country Songs’. You know an album is good when you’re still playing it regularly almost a year and a half later, while also discovering in the meantime just how good her debut ‘Oklahoma Lottery’ album was too. For me, Karen has a raw, almost instinctive ability to write and perform unique and original songs and each album shows an artist who is certainly not afraid to mix it up. She can tick the country box, she can tick the alt-country/Americana box, while some of her compositions tick neither – but whatever she does, she does it brilliantly and in her own way.

Karen has a new album, ‘Butter’, out next weekend and having had a sneak preview, it will surely see the singer’s profile raise again. If you haven’t listened to Karen Jonas before, she’s the best artist you’ve never listened to. Check out the wonderful ‘Wasting Time’ above.

Alt Root Top Ten Songs of the Week - The Circus

Top Ten Songs - May 22 2018

Life is about options, and American Aquarium sit in the top spot this week with a way that has worked for them in “One Day at a Time” on the weekly Top Ten for Wednesday, May 22, 2018. Friends helped out in the studio on cuts this week, with a Sons of Bill featuring Molly Parden on “Easier” and John Wesley Harding backing a tune from his cover album, Greatest Other People’s Hits, with The Universal Thump on “Wah Wah”. Jeffrey Foucault has a new album (Blood Brothers) due on June 22, 2018, and he offers “War on the Radio” featuring Tift Merritt and Kenneth Pattengale, who is on this week’s chart with his band, The Milk Carton Kids, with a track from their upcoming (June 29, 2018) release with “Big Time”. The Pinkerton Raid sing of “Jefferson Davis Highway”, and Oliver the Crow scatter “Ashes for a Day Gone By” as Karen Jonas tells of “The Circus”. Jim Lauderdale will be releasing two albums on August 3, 2016, a re-issue and a new album, Time Flies, with the title track featured on the weekly Top Ten for Wednesday, May 23, 2018. 

Filling the I-wanna-go-home role for a day out, Karen Jonas lists the reasons she is done with “The Circus”. The track is from Butter, the upcoming (June 2, 2018) release from Karen Jonas.