New album, "Darker Than Blue", available Nov. 18, 2014

Darker Than Blue

by Barbara Jean

In "Darker Than Blue", the stunning follow up to her widely acclaimed debut release "The Great Escape", Barbara Jean takes us through a month of midnights, heartache and redemption, to a honky-tonk in the woods with a voice as clear as Lake Superior. Due out in November 18, 2014, the album features nine original compositions and a stellar arrangement of an eerie traditional American folk ballad “Blackest Crow”. Playing banjo, viola, and fiddle Barbara Jean is backed by a talented band of musicians: Erik Koskinen on electric guitar (Dead Man Winter, Randy Weeks, Erik Koskinen Band) David Huckfelt on acoustic guitar (The Pines), Jeremy Hanson on drums (Haley Bonar, Tapes n Tapes, BBGUN), & James Buckley on bass (The Pines) with special guest appearances by Mason Jennings, Chastity Brown, Alex Ramsey on keys (The Pines), Mike Lewis (Bon Iver), Joe Savage on pedal steel (MPR’s Wits, Prairie Home Companion) and Frankie Lee. Produced by Erik Koskinen at RealPhonic Studio in Minneapolis with additional recording and mastering by Fred Baker at Electric Peak Studio in Gardiner, Montana, Darker Than Blue is at once rocking and thoroughly haunting.

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  1. 1 [Info] Wishing Well 04:41
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  2. 2 [Info] Siren Song 04:24
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  3. 3 [Info] What's Right 03:08
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  4. 4 [Info] Small Town 04:13
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  5. 5 [Info] The City 03:42
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  6. 6 [Info] Long Walk Back 04:02
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  7. 7 [Info] The Ticket 04:11
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  8. 8 [Info] Stone City Waltz 03:07
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  9. 9 [Info] What For 04:07
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  10. 10 [Info] Blackest Crow 04:34
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The Great Escape

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by Barbara Jean

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  1. 1 $0.99 [Lyrics] The River 03:55
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  2. 2 $0.99 [Lyrics] Joy 05:06
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  3. 3 $0.99 [Lyrics] Flesh and Bones 04:49
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  4. 4 $0.99 [Lyrics] Snowfalls 04:00
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  5. 5 $0.99 [Lyrics] Keep It Rockin' 03:36
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  6. 6 $0.99 [Lyrics] Great Escape 05:13
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  7. 7 $0.99 [Lyrics] The Fog 05:13
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  8. 8 $0.99 [Lyrics] Lost Heart 05:00
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  9. 9 $0.99 [Lyrics] Not What You Thought 03:46
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  10. 10 $0.99 [Lyrics] Basket Of Flowers 03:47
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The Great Escape

As stunning a recording debut as any Americana release in recent memory, "The Great Escape" is the fully-realized first album by captivating Grand Marais, MN multi-instrumentalist Barbara Jean. Featuring ten original compositions, Barbara Jean plays banjo, viola, and violin while singing her way through the center of heartache and change into the bright light of new beginnings. Produced by Bernie Larsen (El Rayo X, David Lindley) and recorded and engineered by Tom Fabjance (Low, Haley Bonar, Smashing Pumpkins) at the beautiful Sacred Heart Studios during a chilly Duluth winter, "The Great Escape" shines with all the softness, subtlety, and richness of a poignant songwriter at the outset of what promises to be a fabulous career.

Steeped in the waters of Lake Superior these songs deftly combine rich imagery from Barbara Jean’s rugged North Shore home with difficult choices poised in matters of the heart. From start to finish she delivers her narrative with skilled musicianship and a powerful yet vulnerable tone. From the title track ("The Great Escape") so full of longing, to songs of celebration and release ("Keep It Rockin", "Not What You Thought"), the record moves as a cohesive unit with honesty, compassion, and a burning desire to be understood. From dark, brooding contemplations like "Flesh and Bones" to the hopeful pop sensibility found in "Joy", the record brims with understated beauty and genuine song craft. Featuring stellar contributions from Larsen (guitars, bass, drums & backing vocals), Andy Dee (Blue Canvas Orchestra, Molly & The Heymakers) on steel and slide guitar, David Huckfelt (The Pines) on finger-style guitar, and Boyd Blomberg (The Gooneybirds), "The Great Escape" lands somewhere between the early Appalachian roots of American country music and the best of the rising crop of indie-folk songwriters breathing new life into tradition.