[imc-st.louis] Joni Laurence's Sonicbids EPK
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Tue Jul 13 13:56:14 PDT 2004
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Secondary Genre: Acoustic
Folk music with a kick. A singer/songwriter who is anything but "just
another" girl with a guitar...kind of like Eleanor Roosevelt was "just
another" radical First Lady and Donna Summers was "just another" disco
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Joni Laurence - singer/songwriter/guitarist
The wagging butt of a tailless dog, a philosophical conversation between
a tattered trash bag and a shard of glass, plus all the real-life
expressions of love and laughter and hope and heartache that color
everyday peoples lives. These are the experiences of Trashbag Birdie,
the third solo CD by singer-songwriter Joni Laurence, a girl with a
guitar who is anything but just another girl with a guitar.
While the sound of Joni Laurence certainly has its roots in folk music,
Trashbag Birdie veers slightly from the feel of Jonis two previous
releases as she explores the boundaries of the folk genre. The fourteen
original tracks cover a wide range of styles, from the funk driven
electric guitar energy of Sneak-up to the irresistible sweetness of I
Love You to the imaginative storyline and upbeat, foot-tapping tempo of
Trashbag Birdie, which will stick in your head for days after youve
heard it only once.
Community radio D.J., Kevin Elliott, WEFT 90.1, has this to say about
Trashbag Birdie is one of my favorite CDs of the year. Joni has
stirred up an eclectic menu of styles, embellished by a stellar
supporting cast. She is in fine voice, with her customary mix of
lyrical sensitivity and wit. This is Joni at her best
I really love
In Jonis performances, the Midwestern roots of a woman born and raised
in Illinois clearly show themselves. She tells a few stories, but
mostly lets the music speak for itself, which happens effortlessly
because of Jonis simple and accessible, while still captivating,
performance style. Jonis early influences, audible in her music,
include Mary Chapin Carpenter, the Indigo Girls and Nanci Griffith,
although her earliest influences were likely her musical parents, who
once sang duets on central Illinois first television variety show, the
Possum Holler Opry.
Whatever her influences, Joni has been drawing audiences into her world
and keeping them there for over 10 years while performing in and
around the Midwest at venues such as The Old Town School of Folk,
Chicago, IL and the Blue Moon Coffee House, Bloomington, IL. Jonis two
previous releases, Short Time (1998) and daphne speaks (2000) have
received high praise. The creative songwriter has been a finalist in a
number of song writing contests including the Songwriters Association of
Washington Song Contest and the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and she
has opened for such artists as Carrie Newcomer, John Gorka and Lynn
Miles, among others.
In a way, Joni Laurence is indeed just another girl with a guitar,
just like Eleanor Roosevelt was just another radical First Lady and
Donna Summers was just another disco queen. Joni is set apart by her
unique and soul-stirring talent for translating the human experience
into insightful lyrics and unforgettable music. Ben Omart of the Muses
Muse, in reviewing Short Time is right Joni Laurence is simply, purely
and wonderfully gifted.
Trashbag Birdie (LP) - 2004
daphne speaks (LP) - 2000
Short Time (LP) - 1998
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