"...Just folk enough to sound authentic and just pop enough to keep the attention of the ever-shuffling iPod crowd. With a voice as soft as velvet (and almost as rich), soft vocals, lulling guitars and harrowing cellos are laid out gently, like jewels, each getting a chance to glimmer."
--Fairfield County Weekly (CT)
"This is a sparkling folk-pop album guaranteed to brighten your day. Her wry comments about relationships seem personal, but universal enough that you'll find yourself thinking, "How did she slip into my life?"
-- Minor 7th
It's not often a new artist emerges with a debut record completely formed and beautifully produced, full of tender and concise language, all executed in a gorgeous, mature voice. Jenny Goodspeed has achieved just that on her debut CD "Under the Ash Tree" - a delicious mix of folk, pop, and Americana, drawing on influences from 70's era singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Bruce Cockburn, and Laura Nyro. Well-crafted lyrics, exquisite vocals, and heart-breaking melodies abound as Goodspeed explores the intricacies of love and longing, all definitively steeped in her beloved New England landscape.
"All but two of the songs were written when I returned to the Northeast after a 10-year detour in the Midwest and West," Goodspeed explains. "So more than anything, the record is a love letter to New England and its infinite kinds of trees, spring peepers, foggy mornings...everything I felt starved for while out West."
Under the Ash Tree just debuted at #12 on the Roots Music Report Folk Top 50 and has been added to the playlists of over 100 folk and AAA radio stations in 31 states.
released October 30, 2007
Engineered and co-produced by Mark Thayer at Signature Sounds Studio in Pomfret, CT, Goodspeed is backed by Jim Henry (Tracy Grammer, Mark Erelli) on acoustic guitar, Richard Gates (Patty Larkin, Suzanne Vega) on electric bass, Eric Platz on drums, Duke Levine (Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Jonatha Brooke) on electric guitar, and Beth Amsel on harmony vocals.
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