Red Pill Music is pleased to announce the signing of Boston-based singer-songwriter Jen Kearney.‘We’re so thrilled to bring Jen into the Red Pill family,” said Red Pill co-owner Jacob Detering, “Her great writing aside, she’s got one of those rare, real-deal voices that you instantly fall in love with.’Kearney and her band, The Lost Onion, have released three albums since 2002. Her most recent release, 2009's The Year Of The Ox, received rave reviews for its unique, seamless blend of soul, folk, rock, Latin, and jazz. Her back catalog will be available on Red Pill’s website, redpillonline.com, beginning January 11, 2011.For Kearney, the decision to join forces with Red Pill came after meeting fellow Red Pill singer-songwriter Amy Petty at a festival in the summer of 2010. Kearney was impressed, not only with the quality of Petty’s recordings, but also Red Pill’s artist-friendly outlook.“I saw how much time and sincerity Red Pill put into promoting her,” said Kearney. “I read an article about their philosophy in the music business and just had a good feeling about working with them. After a few great conversations with them, I knew my gut feeling was right.”“Jen approached us in such a professional way that it really got our attention,” said Lauren Markow, Red Pill co-owner. “Then, of course, once we heard her voice, we knew that she had both the talent and business ethic that would make her a great fit for Red Pill. We are really looking forward to helping Jen build the broader audience she so deserves.”Based in St. Louis, Red Pill Entertainment is an artist facilitation firm. With its own studio and relationships with musicians across the country, Red Pill is committed to finding new models of artistic development and sustainability in the modern musical climate.
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Written by Alan Chase Friday, 07 August 2009 ..
In the last few weeks, several promising new recordings have come my way. From the Boston area, there’s “The Year of the Ox,” the second effort from exceptional singer-songwriter and keyboardist Jen Kearney and her band The Lost Onion. Whereas her first very strong CD was geared toward groove oriented jams, this compelling new recording places greater emphasis on shorter song forms. This isn’t a jazz recording, per se, but elements of jazz inform Kearney’s music, along with Latin, funk, soul and rock.
What’s particularly striking is the story-like quality of Kearney’s lyrics and how she wraps them in just the right musical textures. According to Kearney, this is a concept recording based on the symbol of the ox, one of the Chinese astrological signs, and the 10 ox herding pictures created in ancient Buddhism. All the songs are loosely based on the 10 pictures and what they represent.
From a musical standpoint, what you get is a sonic ride from the opening funk groove of “Born” to the soulful “Succotash Blue” to the folk influenced “Gentle and Precise” to the jazz-fusion groove of “Lunar Interlude.” Kearney’s powerful but nuanced vocal work captures your attention and holds your interest as she tells her story. Her exceptional band navigates varied styles with ease, anchored by the powerhouse rhythm section of bassist Brian Coakley, drummer Pete McLean (of Organism and Freelance Bishops fame) and the always superb Yahuba Garcia on percussion. The excellent horn section is anchored by saxophonist Dan Abreu, who gets off an incredible solo on “Lunar Interlude.”
I do wish I could hear more of Kearney’s exceptional keyboard work. She plays a very melodically imaginative solo on “Succotash Blue” that shows she has exceptional skill. Hopefully, a little more of this will show through on future releases.
To purchase the CD, visit www.jenkearney.com. To see Kearny and the Lost Onion live, head to the Blue Mermaid in Portsmouth on Thursday, Aug. 13, or The Stone Church in Newmarket on Aug. 27.
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Current mood:gratefulThe album. A lost art? Not according to Lowell's Jen Kearney and the Lost Onion. From the opening retro groove of Born, each of the 13 songs on Year of the Ox transitions into the next with instrumental interludes as silky and funky as anything by the Ohio Players. Upon hearing about David Carradine's sad and mysterious end last week, I've been feeling a little nostalgic, Kung Fu not only being my favorite TV series of the early 70's, but also substituting as my religion for a few years. With the slick sounds of Year of the Ox blaring in the headphones, I've been dizzily transported back to when Stevie Wonder's Living in the City and the O'Jays Backstabbers ruled the airwaves, blending funky grooves with socio/political themes. And with a voice that rivals Stevie Wonder and Eddie Levert in power and soul, Jen Kearney delivers the goods with a passion and conviction that leaves no question she's one of the best female vocalists singing right now. Equally as impressive are the lush, layers of R&B background vocals which glaze every song with a warm blast of sunshine. To the Moon, with its funky Fender Rhodes piano intro, guitar and bass counter melody and a two note horn part that is a lesson in understated perfection, is the standout track, simmering into an infectious chorus you'll find yourself basking in for days. Other notable tracks include Prime Meridian which begins as a simple piano waltz and erupts into a full blown anthem worthy of an arena sized venue, and Trudge, a gospel flavored lament on the hooky lyric "Trudge as you may, try as you might." Simply beautiful. The musicianship is top notch throughout notably the vintage sounds of Carl Johnson's guitar work and Dan Abreu's stellar tenor sax playing.If you're growing a little tired of downloading songs, and if you find yourself longing for the days of the LP, you owe it to yourself to get your hands on Year of the Ox. It is one special album. JKLO continue to celebrate the release of Year of the Ox at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge this Thursday night. Should be one mind altering trip down memory lane and into the future.
We're really proud and excited to release our new CD, The Year of the Ox this week!
This Thursday 5/21/09 at Harper's Ferry
158 Brighton Ave
Doors at 8pm
With special guests:
Los Sugar Kings
and Adam Payne
This will be an unbelievable show! Don't miss it!