JENEE HALSTEAD, LAUREN CALVE, and JASMINE GILLISON @ The FOLD
"If her debut was a floral-print sundress, its follow-up is a black leather jacket ripped at the sleeves. Halstead already had grace in spades, but it's fascinating to see what happens when she adds some grit to the mix."
-- James Reed // The Boston Globe
"Halstead's vocal is a wonder to behold, alternately enticing and alluring, or sinewy and seductive. This is an album that's mesmerizing throughout... Halstead's presence is nothing less than hypnotic."
-- Lee Zimmerman // No Depression
Jenee Halstead grew up in the high desert of Spokane, Washington, the daughter of hippie parents who let her find her own direction. She spent her childhood exploring her mother's garden and singing along to records with her Dad. In middle school, she transformed into the rarest of birds; an athletic choir geek who sang medieval choral works, but loved Led Zeppelin and Dolly Parton.
She wrote quietly on her own for years, moving from place to place Spokane to Seattle to nowhere Alaska, before moving to Boston in 2007. She collected all of her songs into what would become The River Grace. Her latest album, Raised By Wolves, reclaims the careless freedom of her childhood with a sense of wonder that is unique and fiercely engaging.
Steeped in American roots music, Lauren Calve's songs are by turns anthemic and poetic as they move between rousing blues-rock, sweeping folk-driven numbers, and delicate balladry. Her multifaceted vocal style takes inspiration from such powerful female singers as Patty Griffin, Bonnie Raitt, and Emmylou Harris to which she adds the steely, haunting sounds of the slide resonator guitar. Currently living in Washington, D.C., Lauren is set to release her first studio EP in early 2014.
The FOLD (View)
110A Frederick Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850
|On BPT Since: Jan 07, 2014|