"In a town crowded with earnest folk artists, Jody Blackwell's playful interweaving of jazz elements, subtle sassiness, and her poet's eye for imagery make her just a little bit different."
- The Boston Globe
Long Bio (276 words)
Born and raised in the South Carolina foothills of the Appalachians, Jody Blackwell grew up in a house filled with many musical genres, from her brother's R& B vinyl 45's and the family's Joni Mitchell albums, to the Appalachian hymns that her dad, a religion professor, would play on the piano at night. Jody picked up guitar in high school, a pastime which grew into a calling during her college years at Brown, where she studied Latin by day and honed her open-tuning, rhythmic style in East Providence bars and cafes at night with her first college band.
Having put down roots in Boston the week after college, she began playing in the subways and coffeehouses around Cambridge, MA, including the venerable Club Passim, and recorded her first solo acoustic CD Volcano in 1996, the first of four records she has independently released since moving to the Boston area. Jody claims both the north and southeast U.S. as home in her songwriting, invoking with equal intimacy the sunlit rapids of a beloved creek in rural South Carolina, or the story of a refugee newly arrived at the Boston agency where she has worked as an English teacher.
Her fourth and latest album, Come and Gone is comfort food for uncertain times, a groove-oriented journey through songs of nostalgia, change and letting go. This ten song collection evokes the glow of memory and an earlier era of tube amplifiers, hammond organs, and soulful harmonies. Her eclectic blend of folk, jazz, and R&B has found an enthusiastic niche among lovers of roots music in its original sense: inspired by the American experience in all of its rich variations.
Short Bio (103 words)
Born and raised in a musical family in the South Carolina foothills of the Appalachians, Jody Blackwell started her career playing her open-tuning, playfully rhythmic songs in the subways and coffeehouses around Camrbidge, MA, recording her first solo acoustic CD Volcano in 1996.
Her fourth album, Come and Gone is a groove-oriented journey through songs of nostalgia, change and letting go, evoking the glow of memory and an earlier era of tube amplifiers, hammond organs, and soulful harmonies. Her eclectic blend of folk, jazz, and R&B has found an enthusiastic niche among lovers of "roots" music in all of its rich variations.
Come and Gone (2011)
Good Again (2004)
Living Room Dances (1999)