Raleigh-based singer-songwriter Jeanne Jolly continues her national CD release tour with a concert at 9 p.m. on Friday, November 13, at Isis Music Hall in West Asheville. She has just released her new album, titled A Place to Run, on her own label. Tickets are $15.
“When I look at this record, I realize every song speaks to that title,” says Jeanne. “There are songs about a place to run to get away from grief or deal with it. There are songs about a place to run to be with the one you love, or a person being someone you can run toward.”
A Place to Run features seven original compositions plus a cover of “The Dreamer,” written by The Tallest Man on Earth. It was recorded at The Fidelitorium Recordings in Kernersville, and was produced by her longtime collaborator and childhood friend Chris Boerner.
Hers is the earthiness of American roots music, balladry colored with a tinge of sophisticated jazz, presented with smoldering emotion and deep feeling. News and Observer described her as a singer-songwriter who “melds folksy, soulful country with heavenly, heartfelt lyricism.”
After studying at Western Carolina University, Jeanne attended the New England Conservatory of Music where she received a master’s degree in vocal performance. She has since shared the stage with a number of national artists, including Emmylou Harris, Billy Joe Shaver, Sam Bush, Scott Miller, and Chuck Prophet.
Another of the concerts at Isis this month is by Bill Frisell. This show starts at 9 p.m. on Saturday, November 21, and tickets (limited to a 150) are $30. Bill’s career has spanned a quarter-century during which time he’s made more than 200 recordings, including 25 albums of his own.
The New York Times described his music by saying: “It’s hard to find a more fruitful meditation on American music than in the compositions of guitarist Bill Frisell.”
At 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, Isis presents It’s a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door for this unique re-imagining of the classic movie. The play takes place during a snowstorm at the studios of WVL Radio where a stranded group of station employees recreates the story of George Bailey and Bedford Falls, complete with old-time radio sound effects and fast-paced, versatile acting.
Isis Restaurant & Music Hall is located at 743 Haywood Road in West Asheville. For tickets and more information about these and other performances throughout the month, visit isisasheville.com or call 828.575.2737. Isis Music Hall received the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2015 Momentum Award for Festival/Event/Venue.