New Video: It Takes a Lot to Laugh, it Takes a Train to Cry. Photo by Ryan Poe at Silver Ridge Farm.
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"Karen Jonas' best album so far“ - De Krenten Uit de Pop, Netherlands
“Vibrant and dynamic” Planet Country, Italy
“Totally fun” Calvin Powers, Americana Music Show
“Collaborative chemistry, laser-sharp dynamics and intricate arrangements” Folk and Tumble, Ireland
“Texas-bar-ready program” -Americana Highways
“Vocals that twist and snap with tension and emotional depth” Country Music People, U.K.
“An action packed overview of Jonas’ finest songwriting” Glide Magazine
***Fredericksburg, VA-based award-winning Americana artist Karen Jonas is set to release a new album, Lucky, Revisited, on July 19, 2019. Wide Open Country has partnered with Jonas to premiere the first single, “Ophelia,” and to announce the new album. Lucky, Revisited is Jonas’s fourth studio album and features new, stripped-down, acoustic recordings of nine songs released on her first three albums, as well as two stellar covers. Focus tracks include the first single, “Ophelia,” as well as “Country Songs,” and “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry.”
After the more than the five years Jonas and her music partner, guitarist Tim Bray, have been touring nonstop, the songs have taken on a life of their own, and the pair wanted to tip their hats to what the tunes have become in a live setting. “The songs grow, morphing by millimeters at each of hundreds of shows, so they always feel new,” Jonas says. “We decided to make these new recordings of songs you’ve heard on our previous records, as they are today, after so much growing.”
Lucky, Revisited examines Jonas’s finest songwriting in the sonic format that fans have heard live on tour, highlighting an easy but road-hardened chemistry, laser-sharp dynamics, and intricate arrangements. Bray’s dazzling contributions shine like never before, showcased prominently in every song. Engineer/bassist E.P Jackson stood back, capturing and supporting the unfettered performances of Jonas and Bray without interfering.
Jonas was a featured showcasing artist at SXSW in 2019 and was named “Best Americana/Country Artist” by the Washington Area Music Awards. Each of her three previous albums have garnered international acclaim and charted on both the US and UK Americana charts. She has shared stages with Dale Watson, Alabama, Joe Ely, Bob Schneider, The Lone Bellow, Brandy Clark, Robert Earl Keen, Josh Morningstar, and Amanda Shires—lighting up venues around the country from intimate house concerts and listening rooms to rowdy honky-tonks and outdoor festivals.***