Soulful country from the North Carolina songstress
This is the second offering from Raleigh, North Carolina singer-songwriter Jeanne Jolly who started her career as vocalist for jazz trumpeter Chris Botti. Having returned to her North Carolina roots, she’s teamed up with lifelong friend Chris Boerner who’s done a fine production job on the album. Jeanne has distinctive but crystal clear vocal talents and is clearly an accomplished songwriter who’s shared the stage with the likes of Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, Billy Joe Shaver and Jim Lauderdale.
Jeanne hits the jackpot with a couple of beautiful love ballads; The Dreamer and Good Man, neither needing further explanation. Without You proves the artist can handle more powerful material and the track features a great electric guitar break from Chris Boener. Wurlitzer organs,
woodwind, lap and pedal steel abound on what is a very listenable, if rather short album. Just eight tracks and 35 minutes is all that’s on offer which is a shame as Jeanne must surely have more material to feature in her live shows. I’m sure we will be hearing much more of this lady in the not too distant future. John Roffey