Reimagining Cole Porter

Reimagining Cole Porter: an Americana project

Americana artist Janie Barnett has long nurtured the dream of ushering Cole Porter’s songs of lust and longing into a roots music setting. These sultry arrangements, which can be performed with 3-6 musicians, can shine in a vibe-full club setting, a city winery, or a Performing Arts Center, and is available for licensing to film and television projects.

See below for the iconic guests on this project, marquee players and duet partners.

The Cole Porter songbook is packed with love, divine sexual innuendo, wit and wisdom. Barnett has taken these exotic, quixotic and downright folksy songs and set them spinning in a hybrid Americana/Jazz landscape. The fiddle, the banjo, the old Gibson,the upright piano, the upright bass. And the dobro…that’s the longing right there.

photo by Susan Wilson (right-click to download high-res photo)

About the Special Guests

Janie’s dream was to tap some of her friends and favorite players in Nashville and New York City, and that wish list became a reality. These extraordinary musicians are:

Artist LARRY CAMPBELL pedal steel (Dylan, Levon Helm, Larry Campbell and Theresa Williams); artist RANDY BRECKER flugel horn (Brecker Bros); artist CATHERINE RUSSELL guest duet; VIKTOR KRAUSS upright (Lyle Lovett, Alison Krauss); JERRY DOUGLAS dobro (Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris); artist SIERRA HULL mandolin; STUART DUNCAN fiddle (Reba McEntyre, Alison Krauss, Chris Thile); artist ANDY SNITZER saxophone (Chris Botti, Paul Simon); KEITH SEWELL guest duet, banjo (Lyle Lovett, Dixie Chicks); artist BILL FRISELL guitar;  NICKI RICHARDS guest duet (Madonna, Steely Dan); artist JAMES MADDOCK guest duet; artist CLIFF EBERHARDT guest duet, dobro; JUSTIN STANTON trumpet (Snarky Puppy); JOHN PATITUCCI upright bass (Chick Corea); DAVID IMMERGLUCK mandolin (Counting Crows, John Hyatt); MATT ROLLINGS piano (Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Mary Chapin Carpenter); artist PATTY LARKIN guitar; artist ABBIE GARDNER dobro (Red Molly); DAVID MANSFIELD fiddle (Dylan, Bruce Hornsby); artist DARRYL TOOKES guest duet; (Sting, Earth,Wind and Fire); RICHARD HAMMOND upright bass (Joan Osborne, Patti Austin); BEN STIVERS piano (Lyle Lovett, Chris Botti, Bee Gees); LARRY SALTZMAN guitar, dobro (Paul Simon, Blue Nile, Bette Midler); DUKE LEVINE guitar, mandola (Peter Wolf, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rosanne Cash); GARY SCHREINER accordion, chromatic harmonica (Rosanne Cash, Joan Osborne); artist KENNY WHITE piano (Peter Wolf, Judy Collins); artist RACHELLE GARNIER accordion (Vicki Kristina Barcelona); ANTOINE SILVERMAN fiddle


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About Janie Barnett

Virginia native Janie Barnett has had a long run as a top NY session singer. Her freelance credits include Bonne Raitt, Linda Rondstadt, and Rickie Lee Jones, as well as numerous film and tv credits. As a teen, she cut her teeth on bluegrass festivals and church coffeehouses. And at the American Folklife Festival she was exposed to and sat in with artists playing folk, spirituals, zydeco, bluegrass, pop and jazz. Barnett’s love affair with hybrid music forms began in this setting. She has released several albums of original music, while an in-demand freelance singer, producer, and performing artist. See the “About” page on this site for a more complete bio.