Jeanne Jolly shines bright on sophomore LP, "A Place to Run"

“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 Sisk) Pittsburgh In Tune Review

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”).  Link to review

Pasadena Weekly's Review of "A Place to Run"

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

INDY Week's premier of "Boundless Love"

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. ”  – David Klein, INDY Week

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Kind 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


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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.”
Metro Magazine