Barbara Jean grew up immersed in a world of music. Inheriting a musical legacy passed from grandmother to mother to daughter, she honed her early gift for the violin into a sharp eye for songwriting and a skilled hand as a multi-instrumentalist playing banjo, fiddle and viola. Calling Minnesota’s North Shore home for the better part of the last decade Barbara Jean crafted her debut record, The Great Escape, which brings together rich imagery from Lake Superior’s rugged banks, reflections on difficult choices poised in matters of the heart, and masterful musicianship. Her Midwestern roots run like a strong current throughout her sound—No Depression writer Easy Ed says, “When listening I hear the sound of middle America; the kind that runs from deep in Texas over to the Mississippi River, and up through the plains to the flat lands of Iowa and the icy cold snow and winters of Minnesota.” Her gift for songwriting has been recognized on a national level with accolades from the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest and the Big Top Chautauqua earning her a spot on the esteemed Mountain Stage radio show. She has shared bills with such notable acts as Trampled By Turtles, Leon Russell, Ben Nichols (Lucero), The Pines, Low, Eilen Jewell, Martha Scanlan and more. Performing solo, as a duo, or with her full-band, Barbara Jean brings a grace and comfort to the stage at once disarming and captivating, gaining her a burgeoning audience and high praise from her peers. With the release of her first record, the sky is the limit for this stellar songstress as she takes her songs and her sounds to wider and wider audiences.