Monday, June 1, 2009


Jonatha Brooke is a singer/songwriter I’d definitely put in the category Talent Deserving Wider Recognition. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing her perform at the Ark, a small venue in Ann Arbor, Michigan several times, and I have to admit, she’s is one of the most amazing musicians I’ve ever seen in concert. She’s witty, charming, and a great storyteller. Her rapport with the audience is incredible. If you ever get a chance to se her perform live, jump at the opportunity. I can guarantee you, you won’t be disappointed. For some reason, fame has eluded her, which is okay with me—if she was more famous, I’d have a harder time getting tickets to her shows. I’d have a difficult time recommending her best recording since they’re all great. But I guess a good place to start would be either of her live cds. They’re both excellent and give you a sense of what it’s like to see her in person. Although, for some reason the producers decided to leave our her between the songs banter—which is 50 percent of her charm. Her latest disc is a recording of Woody Guthrie poems and unfinished songs he wrote, which Jonatha set to music. One listen and it becomes obvious, the two of them are truly kindred spirits.

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