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:
Janie performed in-studio for WFUV’s Sunday Supper before she headlines at Rockwood Music Hall in John Platt’s On Your Radar series on February 13.
Bill Copeland Music News featured Janie’s album You See This River and her upcoming shows.
Janie was invited to contribute an essay for New York Metro Parents’ “Local Voices” column.
Janie Barnett reflects on one of the biggest influences and inspirations of You See This River, raising her daughter, on A Child Grows in Brooklyn.
Nature Mountain Radio added “You See This River” to their regular rotation.
Jason Velasquez of The Greylock Glass named You See This River “one of the very best albums in the Americana universe certainly of 2017, and likely this decade.”
Janie spoke with DJ Artie Martello of Mostly Folk about the inspiration behind many of her songs on You See This River.
“From Texas And Beyond” has named You See This River one of their Albums of the Year in their Fall/Winter 2017 MegaSeries.
Janie’s song “Wrap Me Up” from her album You See This River was included in an episode of Folk Roots Radio with Jan Hall, who called it “an excellent album.”
The Greylock Glass had Janie on as a special guest for an episode of Cornbread Cafe, where she talked about her music career and her upcoming performance with Paula Cole at The Center for Arts in Natick.
Host Charlie Silvestri had Janie on as a special guest for an episode of his performance and interview radio program, Up Close and Acoustic.
The Blues and Roots Music Blog featured Janie and the inspiration behind her record, You See This River.
High Regard Show interviewed Janie about her Urban Americana Holiday Party at City Winery and her song “Buy That Thing.”
Americana podcast The Miller Tells Her Tale played “Sweet Thursday” from Janie’s newest album, You See This River.
The Alternate Root spotlighted Janie’s song “Sweet Thursday” from her recent release, You See This River as one of their favorite songs of the week.