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Re-imagining Cole Porter

An Americana Performance

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. 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

Take a listen to the album here. Scroll below the tracks to see a list of the special guests.

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


Album Representation: Mark McKenna

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About Janie Barnett

Americana artist Janie Barnett has long nurtured the dream of ushering Cole Porter’s songs of lust and longing into a roots music and jazz hybrid setting. Barnett came up as a performing songwriter in the alternative roots settings of Virginia, New England, and finally New York City, where she also became one of the top singers in recording sessions for film and television, and a mentor to emerging songwriters at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. She has played performing arts centers, college theatres, and folk stages; from City Winery to the Birchmere, where sultry singing and folksy humor abound. See the “About” page on this site for a more complete bio.