It’s been great conversing with so many of you over the emails.  Thank you so much for reaching out.  Both albums are coming along nicely, and to that end, I went to Nashville recently and recorded the one and only Jerry Douglas on two songs, “Jetty” and what has been called “When The Snow Comes” but which Jerry and Carmella insisted should really be called “We Ain’t Dead Yet.”  And we ain’t, right, kids?

On April 25th I’ll participate in the remarkable Monica Passim’s Harmony Swap Musicals Edition at the Treehouse.  I’ll take a crack at “So In Love.” The recorded version is almost done, featuring Ben Stivers(piano), Richard Hammond(upright), Gary Schreiner (accordion)  and Larry Saltzman(mandolin). There will be a monumental number of beautiful singers and songs on this Treehouse evening.  Bring your lawn chair and settle in for theatrical bliss.

We are very excited about the festival coming up at the Schimmel Center on May 10th and 11th: The first annual Crossing Bridges Music Fest, curated by extraordinary artist/producer Paul Guzzone.  Our set will be on Friday night the 10th, along with Vance Gilbert, The Kennedys, and Jonathan Coulton.  On Saturday at noon I’ll participate in a songwriters in the round, hosted by WFUV’s John Platt, along with Abbie Gardner, the Kennedys, and Dom Flemons.  Saturday night May 11th, please don’t miss Dom Flemons, Adam Ezra Group, Abbie Gardner and Paula Cole.  I’ll no doubt be making an appearance onstage that evening as well.

I sincerely hope you’re having a great start to the warm season, and that our paths cross very soon.  Humanity and humility, and then reach out and touch somebody’s hand.

It’s been some time since we’ve updated the site with news; how are we doing?  Breaking news occurs daily!  My DC/Virginia roots have me reeling with what’s going on both in Congress and in the Virginia statehouse.  Whether you are glued to the television, out advocating, or holding your hands to your ears, let’s hope we can all make sense of, and stay standing, throughout this tumultuous time in our country.

On the Blue Room front, we hope you’ll join us on Sunday March 3rd up in the City Winery Loft.  I’ll be curating a Night of Obsession.  Yes, I know a thing or two about that.  I’ll bet my ’57 Gibson Country Western you do too.  Hate those wankers who tell me to “snap out of it!”  Guests on the night include (so far) Cindy Mizelle, Russ Valazquez, Frank Simms, Terry Radigan, James Maddock, Eugene Ruffalo, John McCurry, Gary Schreiner.  Let’s see who else I can cram on the stage.

We’ve begun work on two new records:  New songs written over the last year, and a collection of my favorite Cole Porter songs, given Americana instrumentation and love. Cole, the ultimate obsessive American songwriter.  Passion, desire, wit, trouble…

I hope you’ll also join me and several other amazing artists for a wonderful festival in May at the Schimmel Center at Pace University.  This is the Crossing Bridges Music Fest, celebrating American songwriters and roots music performers.  This is a 2-day festival curated by the multi-talented producer/performer Paul Guzzone, and will take place on May 10th and 11th. I am proud to participate in this festival with Paula Cole, Dom Flemons, Vance Gilbert, The Kennedys, Abbie Gardner, Adam Ezra Group, and Jonathan Coulton.  Visit for tickets and information.

Please visit us at for information on other shows, to purchase music, and to say hello.

Thank you for keeping the faith, for keeping the arts alive, for staying strong and staying engaged in these challenging times.  If you’re having a hard time, remind those close to you that you need some help.  We all need help, and we all need to offer it too.

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We had a truly amazing night at City Winery Loft in late October.  All were on hand for a night we shared with our friends in Vicki Kristina Barcelona.  Special thanks to James Maddock for joining me on a duet of Petty’s Learning to Fly.  And to all extraordinary Blue Room musicians involved in the show:  Jeremy Beck on piano, Larry Saltzman on guitar/mando/banjo, Richard Hammond on bass, Frank Vilardi on drums, Angela Reed on vocals, Gary Schreiner on chromatic, Ben Stivers on piano, Rob Killenberger on sound.  We loved the room, and y’all filled it to the rafters! We’re grateful for every one of you.

We’ve begun work on two new collections of music: original material you’ve been hearing on the shows, and a collection of my favorite Cole Porter songs, treated with an Americana twist.  We’re very excited to be developing these projects for our fans, with the trusted mixing hand of Michael Golub.

See you at Barbes on Nov 28th for the Bushwick Book Club’s monthly installment.  This month we’ve read the Sleepwalker’s Guide To Dancing, by Mira Jacob.  I’ll be performing the song that sprung from me after this great but challenging read. Young lovers doomed…ghosts returning to reclaim lost time.

It was a fantastic month for us.  Rockwood Music Hall, always home to us.  The trio experiment was a joy, and guest songs from Angela Reed, Jeremy Beck, and Shannon Conley, plus my buddy Eugene Ruffolo sharing vocals with me on a new duet.  I premiered a new song at the piano written on my friend Rob’s 1910 Spinet. A delight.

Then it was off to DC to play 3 nights opening for our friends to Bacon Brothers at my hometown venue, the grand Birchmere, where Americana thrives.  Such a beautiful weekend with fans, friends, and family.  The boys offered us an extra night up in Albany at the Egg, NY State Theater.  I can only say that folks up there are earnest and fun loving, and I had a great visit after our set talking music and local gossip and signing CDs.  What a nurturing scene.

It’s time for some writing, before going to Europe for some masterclasses in Rome at the end of August.  Then 3 days in Dublin to soak up some crooning before starting fall gigs and recording new music.  Have a great month, one and all, and thank you for staying engaged.

We had such a great afternoon at City Winery NYC on April 15th.  Our Urban Americana Tax Day Party brought together friends new and old, special guests Tookes, Freedy Johnston, Ben Stivers, and Darryl Tookes, and you! City Winery has been welcoming and enthusiastic and we will see you there in the fall!

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In May I had the pleasure of joining my pal Patty Larkin, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, at the Homegrown Coffeehouse in Needham, Mass.  It was a very special reunion for us, and the sold out crowd was absolutely wonderful.


We’ll be taking some time to make plans for the fall, and explore new outlets for the music, both live and recorded, and in July we’ll be heading to DC to play the Birchmere with our buddies the Bacon Brothers.  Look for a night at Rockwood Music Hall with a bevy of friends and collaborations.

Until then, we send you happy spring greetings and hope for good communion.

This is a fascinating in-depth conversation between Janie and Christian Howes, for his platform Creative Strings.  Christian is a brilliant musician and mentor to countless emerging artists, and a very thoughtful navigator of the issues that all creative people  encounter.  Enjoy the podcast of their conversation here!

We are thrilled the new video for “Sweet Thursday” premiered in late February on the all-things-Americana site Mother Church Pew.   Thank you to Susan Hubbard for your excitement and support.  Please check out the video – we hope it will put a smile on your face! And all y’all should check out this great site for Americana music makers and music lovers.

From the site:

Virginia native Janie Barnett cut her teeth on bluegrass festivals, church coffeehouses, and the American Folklife Festival.  When she met iconic Americana barnstormer and newgrass pioneer John Hartford at Folklife, so began her love affair with the alternate roots movement. Always dancing along outside-of-the-box boundaries, Barnett found her place in New York City, making a name for herself as a smart, precise, and professional chameleon musician, singing on countless film, television, and commercial projects, as well as singing backup for iconic stars like Linda Ronstadt, Celine Dion, and Rickie Lee Jones.

Barnett has released several collections of music through the years but felt none had fully captured her authentic voice as a writer or musician; her latest album, You See This River, is the culmination of Barnett’s years of searching and exploring, and living a life that many of us find ourselves living.

Today, she unveils the video for album track “Sweet Thursday,” an homage to two of her favorite creations—Steinbeck’s wonderful little novel of the same name, and its companion novel, Canary Row.  “The stories are whimsical, full of love and street heroes,” she explains. “The music is a tribute to Neil Young’s ‘Harvest Moon.’ That lilting piece of perfection is so simple, like a love story to all the small notes of music that can make life sweet.” The video features footage captured on cell phones and reflects these sentiments—the sweetness of life in the everyday moments, spending time connecting with friends and loved ones over wine and music and plenty of laughter. “In this life,” she says, “we get to choose our friends.”

Without further ado, Mother Church Pew proudly presents “Sweet Thursday,” the new video from Janie Barnett ft. Blue Room: