Album credits: All songs by: Jeanne Jolly (except “The Dreamer” by Kristian Matsson and “Boundless Love” by Jeanne Jolly and Chris Boerner)| Produced, Mixed, & Mastered by Chris Boerner| All vocals: Jeanne Jolly | Acoustic guitar, Baritone Ukulele: Jeanne Jolly | Guitar: Chris Boerner (FREEMAN) | Piano, B3, Wurlitzer: James Wallace (Mount Moriah) | Brad Cook: bass/juno (Hiss Golden Messenger, Megafaun, Sharon Van Etten) | Matt McCaughan: drums/bongos (Bon Iver, Hiss Golden Messenger, Thad Cockrell) | Allyn Love: pedal steel (Steve Wariner) | Matt Douglas: alto saxophone (Hiss Golden Messenger, Rosebuds, Erin McKeown)  | Phil Cook: slide guitar (Hiss Golden Messenger, Megafaun, Amy Ray)



Every song on this album relates to ‘a place to run’ whether it’s running to happy memories or away from bad ones, running to someone for refuge, running away from everything in search of a new start, or just running to a place where you can reflect and maybe even realize you are exactly where you are supposed to be.  I had that feeling many times over while recording this album at Fidelitorium in Kernersville, NC.  There was a new confidence born in that studio and it’s tinged with a new soulful grit.


Performance Background

A singer/songwriter who “melds folksy, soulful country with heavenly, heartfelt lyricism” (News & Observer) and “can easily shift to the dusky lilt of Alison Krauss or the sophisticated jazz phrasing of Ricki Lee Jones” (Missoulian), Jeanne Jolly began her musical career as a featured vocalist for the Grammy award-winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti.

Following a sold-out show with her band in Framingham, MA, The Boston Globe hailed her as “one of contemporary music’s best-kept secrets, she is a revelation when you sit in on one of her concerts.”

After studying at Western Carolina University, the Raleigh native attended New England Conservatory of Music, where she received a master’s degree in vocal performance.


  • Jeanne has shared the stage with artists such as:
    • Emmylou Harris
    • Rodney Crowell
    • Jim Lauderdale
    • Asleep at the Wheel
    • The Foreign Exchange
    • Billy Joe Shaver
    • Sam Bush
    • Maura O’Connell
    • Scott Miller
    • Chuck Mead
    • Maura O’Connell
    • Chuck Prophet
    • Chatham County Line
    • Bob Woodruff
    • Pegi Young
    • Lowen & Navarro  
    • Chris Botti
  • In 2012, her LP, “ANGELS” debuted in the Top 15 on the iTunes Singer Songwriter chart.
  • In 2013, Jeanne played over 100 shows all over the U.S. including 15 festivals
  • 2012-2014 Festival Highlights:
    • ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FEST (Headlined Americana Stage) NY
    • RED ANTS PANTS MUSIC FEST (Main Stage) Montana
    • SWEET PEA FESTIVAL (Main Stage) Montana
    • SXSW “Rachael Ray’s Feedback Party” (Main Stage) Texas
    • HOPSCOTCH (Americana Headliner) North Carolina
    • SNOWBASIN’S BLUES & BREWS (Headliner) Utah
    • MUSIC ON MAIN (Headliner) Idaho
    • MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS (Headliner) Montana
    • OCRAFOLK FESTIVAL (Headliner) North Carolina



Recent words on the album…

ROOTS MUSIC REPORT (4 stars)~ “Soulful country, delivered with an appealing touch of vocal savvy, is the calling card of Ms. Jolly.  The Raleigh-based singer-songwriter shifts emotional gears as seamlessly as her smartly crafted lyric sets require, at times conjuring a young Rondstadt.  Standouts include “Gypsy Skin”, “Boundless Love”, and “Without You”. RMR

PITTSBURGH IN TUNE~ “Jolly’s got one of those beautiful voices that would sound good singing just about anything. Fortunately she’s also an accomplished songwriter as well, and that helps make “A Place to Run” truly special. Among the many highlights of the too-short eight-track, 35-minute platter are “Matches and Gasoline,” “Gypsy Skin,” “Boundless Love,” personal favorite “Without You” and “Circles in the Sky.” Do yourself a favor and track down a copy of this fantastic release. You won’t regret it.” (Jeffrey SiskPittsburgh In Tune

ROUGHSTOCK.COM~ “If you are a fan of the strong adult country music from the likes of Striking Matches, Joy Williams and Holly Williams, you’re sure to dig Jeanne Jolly’s A Place To Run. The 8 track album features strong opener “Matches And Gasoline (which showcases her Emily West-like vocals), single “California” and the stunning “The Dreamer.” These are songs that linger longer than the mainstream songs but the talent here is as good as anything on the mainstream and the songs may be even better (see “Circles In The Sky”).

PASADENA WEEKLY~The former Angeleno’s second full-length album since returning to her native North Carolina is an aural feast of melody and rootsy textures. Props to guitarist/producer Chris Boerner for sympatico, R&B-dappled arrangements that burnish the Americana songstress’s instinct for groove (the earthy “Boundless Love,” “Gypsy Skin”) and powerfully expressive soprano, which spins from the sensual poetry of “Matches and Gasoline” (“Whiskey kisses lit up like fireflies”) to breathy sweetness (“Good Man”) and righteous indignation (“Without You”). Jolly harnesses all that vocal firepower to piercing effect for “California,” which becomes a revelatory symbol for loss and life-transforming change. A gem.” – Bliss Bowen, Pasadena Weekly

INDYWEEK~ “Boundless Love, the first single from Jeanne Jolly’s upcoming A Place to Run, is a gorgeous slab of Americana and a showcase of a versatile Raleigh singer coming into her own. Co-written with Chris Boerner, who also plays guitar and handles production duties, the soulfully swaying Boundless Love shifts from country crooning to blues belting, with R&B-inflected melismas punctuating the tune. The blend is intoxicating. ”  – INDY Week

Kinds words from Jim Lauderdale~“I recently had the pleasure of sharing a bill with Jeanne and was really knocked out by her voice, songs, and presence.  I wasn’t able to prepare for my show because I was digging hers so much! She really covers a lot of ground with her material and she’s great at it!”  Jim Lauderdale

Words from the road…

BOSTON GLOBE~ “Once seen and heard, singer-songwriter Jeanne Jolly from Raleigh, N.C., is hard to forget, her songs easy to remember — especially if you have her debut, “Angels,” and have the habit of playing over and over the 10-track collection released last October. One of contemporary music’s best-kept secrets, she is a revelation when you sit in on one of her concerts.”

ATLANTA MUSIC GUIDE~ “Damn, that Jeanne Jolly can sing. All those metaphors comparing her voice to a songbird, an angel, a summer’s breeze, they just don’t cut it. Jolly’s voice is the first day of spring, after the grey dirty snow has melted and the sun beams down on the crocuses that begin to bloom. The birds sing while you sit on a porch swing with your new lover, a glass of wine in hand, gazing at the rainbow out west. No, that doesn’t cut it either. Imagine Joni Mitchell with Billie Holiday’s stylings. You’re getting warmer.”

NEW YORK MUSIC DAILY~ “she’s got an eye for detail, likes to work the suspense for all it’s worth, and her band is sensational”

DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE (Rochester)~ “Jeanne Jolly is a country singer who takes the inherent heartache of the genre to octaves rarely heard in the land of twang”