Jan Krist CD Release Show w/ Darin Francis
Jan Krist is a singer-songwriter with a rich catalog of recorded music, and a fine, resonant voice. Born in Detroit, Krist was raised on rock, and schooled in the folk and acoustic music of the 60s and 70s. Today, Krists work reflects the power and poetry of having matured as an artist in that place and time.
Perhaps youve caught her live, heard her on the radio, or streamed one of her videos on YouTube. Jan Krist has performed all over the U.S., and has released 13 solo recordings to date. Critical response to her music has been strong and effusive, and her work has been praised in the pages of Entertainment Weekly Magazine, Dirty Linen, Image Journal, and Billboard Magazine, among other publications.
Jan Krist is a singer songwriter whose music has an uncanny way of cutting to the heart of a topic and providing the listener with food for thought, writes Bob Darden in Billboard Magazine. Her talent as a songwriter equals if not surpasses her vocal gifts.
Darden describes Krists voice as being somewhere between Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush, but its all Jan Krist. Unreservedly recommended.
Jan has twice been a finalist in the New Folk Competition, held each year at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville, Texas. She has also won four Detroit Metro Music Awards, having been nominated for that honor 13 times.
Or perhaps youve heard Jan Krist perform with the Yellow Room Gang, a celebrated songwriting collective based in southeast Michigan, or with her new band, Diamonds in the Rust.
Or, if youre particularly fortunate, you may have even taken a songwriting course with Jan. She teaches a songwriting workshop at the Grunewald Guild in Leavenworth, Washington twice a year, and has taught songwriting at the Lambs Retreat for Songwriters in Harbor Springs, among other venues.
You may even have some of Jans work on one of your walls, or in a place of honor in your living room. She is a gifted visual artist, and works mostly in watercolors and clay these days.
And if you havent heard Jan Krist yet, youre in for a treat.
Darin Francis will open the show. Singer-songwriter Darin Francis first emerged as an artist during the coffee-house boom of the 90s. The TV show Friends was actually art imitating life, the now defunct Borders Books chain served coffee and paid artists to play on weekend evenings, and Francis was honing his craft performing on street corners and in cafes.
He leaned into rhythm guitar and harmonies as part of a songwriting duo with Mike Rut. Francis and Rut would go on to form the band Harbingers Mile and make the circuit of larger clubs, bars, and festivals; opening for acts such as Jill Jack, Thornetta Davis, Bill Mallonee, and the Vigilantes of Love. Harbingers Mile released Hallowed Boulevard in 1998 - an album of alt-country rock songs co-authored by Francis. The collection of hook-laden pop tunes featuring strong but vulnerable harmonies will transport you straight back to your corner coffee shop - but still stands the test of time (and can be found free on Spotify).
Now Francis is back with new songs, fresh scars, and hopeful insights. Fans of Ryan Adams, The Jayhawks, and Tom Petty will find a contemporary yet familiar example of Americana that cuts deeply into our shared experiences. For Francis, dark themes come wrapped in sincere - if not rosy - packages. Theyre presented without the need for a tidy resolution or concrete solutions. Songs about loss or sorrow are not new, says Francis, so its important just to write and let the universe put those songs in their place for whoever might find them even if its just me.
Trinity House Theatre (View)
38840 West Six Mile
Livonia, MI 48152
|Kid Friendly: Yes!
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