Karen Jonas – The Southwest Sky and Other Dreams (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 36:35 minutes | 410 MB | Genre: Country
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Goldrush Records
Women named Karen have been getting a bad rep in popular culture lately. But this one isn’t a 47-year-old with a bad attitude and bob haircut dressing down the manager of her local Olive Garden for screwing up her endless pasta order. This is Fredericksburg, Virginia’s favorite local singer/songwriter and nightlife staple that has been wooing listeners across the country and world ever since releasing her debut solo album Oklahoma Lottery.
Well past the time when she should be resting comfortably off of royalties and regaled by popular media, Karen Jonas continues to trek a hard road for worthy attention while juggling kids and keeping a home, yet continues to churn out songs the road warriors and media darlings and mainstream acts in music would love to have credits on. It’s her mix of local charm, international appeal, and dogged persistence that makes Karen Jonas such a great discovery and a worthy artist to hitch your fandom to.
Her latest album The Southwest Sky and Other Dreams is an imaginative and inspired work of involved stories and finely-woven songwriting, with intermissions of enjoyable romps through country and roots escapism. Influenced from treks through desert California and West Texas, it gives rise to characters and scenarios so present and palpable in your mind’s eye, you can touch and smell them.
1. Karen Jonas – The Last Cowboy (At the Bowling Alley)
2. Karen Jonas – Out in Palm Tree Paradise
3. Karen Jonas – Tuesday
4. Karen Jonas – Pink Leather Boots
5. Karen Jonas – Maybe You’d Hear Me Then
6. Karen Jonas – Be Sweet to Me
7. Karen Jonas – Farmer John
8. Karen Jonas – Barely Breathing
9. Karen Jonas – Better Days
10. Karen Jonas – Don’t Blink Honey