Virginia native Janie Barnett cut her teeth on bluegrass festivals, DC’s Cellar Door, and working the American Folk Life Festival. When she met iconic Americana barnstormer John Hartford at one of those festivals, her love affair with the genre solidified.

After working the New England folk and roots circuit, Janie made her way to New York to conquer the very competitive freelance scene, and made a name for herself as one of the top session singer/musicians in town.

Her freelance credits include live shows and recording sessions with, among others, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Rickie Lee Jones, Marc Cohn, Kate Taylor, Rick Danko, David Johansen, Jessica Simpson, and Celine Dion. Countless film and tv soundtracks, national jingles and artist CDs followed, including performances on SNL, The Today Show, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Live, the Paramount Theatre, and the Bottom Line. Along the way she produced CDs of numerous other contemporary acoustic artists.
After devoting time to her family, Janie began building her vision for the Americana record she had always intended to make. Blue Room has brought Janie’s closest friends – some of the top musicians and singers on the scene – to flesh out the body of songs on You See This River. Her work was described by one reviewer as “floating like jewels across a shimmering sea.” (The Real Paper) This Brooklyn-branded Americana has been called luscious, spicy and cinematic, and “multi-stringed magic,” brought to life by a community of musicians and singers in the prime of their careers.


[This] album is so beautiful. I love it, honored to be on it! It’s touching, heartfelt, and the lyrics are wonderful. It’s on replay in my car!
–Paula Cole; Grammy-winning recording artist

I have been playing [You See This River] in my kitchen now all day today.
I. Love. It. It’s so beautiful — the melodies, arrangements, the voice … the whole vibe. It’s so consistently good, one of those rare recordings you can listen to all the way through, every track.
–Lydia Hutchinson; Publisher/Editor of Performing Songwriter Magazine

What I like about You See This River is that it’s an album. It’s a sit down on the sofa and listen from beginning to end album. The songs and the fabulous production intertwine with seductive consistency. This album is worth your time.
–Cliff Eberhardt; Red House recording artist

I thought the album was beautiful. I put it on last night… and was really impressed. Beautifully played and arranged and sung.
–Bill Flanagan

Janie Barnett turns the bumps, bruises, and joys of life into evocative and relatable songs…and makes it sound easy… which ain’t easy.
–Kenny White; Recording artist and 2016 Kerrville Music Festival judge

You See This River is a constant delight from beginning to end. The fluid expressiveness of Janie Barnett’s voice weaves its magic on the exquisite songs. This is Americana at its best!
–Janice Pendarvis; vocalist (Sting, David Bowie, Steely Dan)



RADIO PROMOTION & in-studio performances and interviews
Lisa Grey / Blue River Promotions

Janie Barnett radio one sheet