N&O Rock Pick: Jeanne Jolly sings at Lincoln Theatre, Meymandi Hall

“Jeanne Jolly can sing anything and sing it well, and this week will offer up a pretty great sample of her range. First, Jolly will headline a hometown album-release show Saturday at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre to unveil her new disc “A Place to Run” – a very fine Americana-leaning effort featuring ace studio contributions from producer Chris Boerner …” David Menconi, News & Observer
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Jeanne Jolly Impresses at Isis Music Hall in Asheville

“Jeanne, along with a group of energetic musicians who joked like old friends, took on a lot of material from the new album in a “grittier” fashion, the theme of the evening. They went deep into the instrumental gaps throughout the album, which resulted in some great blues-heavy guitar solos from lead guitar player, long time friend, and Co-Producer of “A Place To Run,” Chris Boerner. Jeanne Jolly’s infectious smile and attitude got the crowd clapping along early and kept everyone involved throughout the night.”


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Indy Pick: Jeanne Jolly w/ Josh Moore - Lincoln Theatre

“And now, she’s embracing twang as a burgeoning singer-songwriter. Jolly’s voice soars through a wondrous range on these perfectly accented hybrids of country, soul and soft rock, smartly shaped by producer Chris Boerner.”

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Hyperbolium Review: "Blue Country Soul from talented NC singer-songwriter"

“Whether or not her writing is autobiographical, Jolly’s songs of rekindled memories (“Matches and Gasoline” “Circles in the Sky”), rediscovery (“Without You”) and admiration (“Good Man”) ring true. It’s rare to hear someone with such technical control turn notes blue without feeling as if they’re calibrating just how blue to let them turn. But Jolly sings from an emotional place and her voice responds to what she’s seeking to express; it’s the sort of connection between soul and voice you hear in the singing of Patty Loveless, Bonnie Raitt and Joni Mitchell, and well worth hearing for yourself.”  Read HYPERBOLIUM full review here

"A Place to Run" - No Depression

“Her accomplished musicality, intimate lyrics, and passion and respect for the heritage of country, folk, and soul music smoothly blend together with elegant earthiness.”


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Press Quotes

“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.”

The Boston Globe

“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.”

Atlanta Music Guide

“She is undeniabley a versatile singer with an amazing and rare ability to sing with the sophistication of modern jazz and the simple passion of Appalachian Americana. Jolly has a gorgeous voice that isn’t something you hear or happen upon everyday.”

Common Folk Music Review

“Raleigh, North Carolina country singer Jeanne Jolly’s latest album Angels has a lot of great tunes and great stories… This is an ambitious album: Jolly covers an awful lot of ground here, keeps her bearings and when she pulls out all the stops, it can be breathtaking.”

New York Music Daily

“This Jeanne Jolly deserves a place among the great names of the 21st century female singer songwriters and they should, in our opinion, have a very worth successor to this handsome debut album, ‘Angels’.”

Rootstime Magazine (Belgium)

“Angels is a solid, warm, and varied album that will satisfy virtually all who are fortunate enough to listen.”

Americana Review

” An effortlessly masterful songwriter…”

Creative Loafing (Pat Moran)

“She and her band performed several songs from her newest CD  Angels . Every song was filled with powerful lyrics, emotion and rhythm which moved the soul. It was an amazing concert performed by three talented artists…The crowd was mesmerized and engulfed with home grown music dipped in a Soulful style performance. It was a great show.”

Cumberland Insider (Tennessee)

“In a time when a one-hit wonder creates instantaneous fame.  It is refreshing when you find an artist that has been secretly developing a treasure trove of very beautiful, honest, and satisfying music…It takes a special talent to weave a traditional country sound with so many other genres and Jolly pulls it off without skipping a beat.”

Wayne Independent (Pennsylvania)

“One track sounds like Sade shuffling beats and pedal steel twang; another, like she’s out to embarrass all of the pop-country poseurs on CMT.  She can even cover that beautiful voice in grit and go all Lone Justice/Maria McKee for a guitar fueled tearjerker and there’s even a waltz where that opera training kicks in and knocks our socks off.   This is a promising start for a very talented singer and songwriter.”

Creative Loafing (John Schacht)

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

New York Music Daily

“If there has ever been a person who truly deserves her last name, it’s Jeanne Jolly. The Raleigh native shows up, beaming enough sunshine to make curmudgeons crack a begrudging smile”

News and Observer

“Her music now echoes her classical training but blurs the lines between folk, country, jazz and soul, and turns into something that’s her own sound”.

Fayetteville Observer

“Jeanne Jolly has a heavenly voice…Jolly embodies the traits of an established performer who has been playing juke joints and concert halls for 20 years. At her last performance in Durham at the Carolina theatre, Jolly blew away her hometown audience”

Metro Magazine

“The very talented, Jeanne Jolly took the stage to perform Good Morning Heartache and What’ll I Do? Ms. Jolly is a very adept singer and is capable of communicating the emotional nature of these songs to an audience which translates in inciting an emotional response from listeners.”
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“Her performances as a guest singer with highly regarded trumpeter Chris Botti a few years ago proved that in a virtual sea of singers, she is more than a catch. But that was just jazz….The raw purity of what some would call “true” country is evident in each song, backed by sturdy country instrumentation — an imperative piece to the country music puzzle.”
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