Wonky Tonk began as a fairy tale of a 19-year old singer-songwriter and her acoustic guitar. In a matter of months, she was invited to perform at showcases and music festivals, recorded her debut solo album, and put together a masterful group of musicians. Though they have been described by CityBeat as "sweetly naive folk music", the band aspires to be something much more ambitious. Wonky Tonk's euphoric jingles have given way to sad, dissonant ballads that more appropriately represent the band's pyschosis.
2008 was a big rookie year for Wonky Tonk. After garnering attention at the 2008 Midpoint Music Festival and 2008 Brink Music Festival, the band was nominated for CityBeat's Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best New Artist. The band's debut album "Get on the Train" was also recognized by CityBeat as one of the best recordings of the year.
In the early part of 2009, the band hit the road on a four-week U.S. tour in support of their sophomore release, the "Super Holy Fantastic!" EP. The News Record's Sean Peters says, "A week after their album release party at the Southgate House, Wonky Tonk’s live show is like an eclectic Woody Guthrie concert that a few indie rockers decided to revamp with melodica and xylophone, alongside guitar, mandolin and upright bass". In just their first year of existence, the band has already shared the stage with such national favorites as Langhorne Slim, Sunset Rubdown, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Paleface, Amanda Green, An Horse, Rachel Goodrich, and The Evangelicals.
Wonky Tonk- Vox, Guitar, Banjo, Kick Drum
Get on the Train.
Full Length; 12 Song Album
Release date: 10/31/08
Available on: Itunes, Rhapsody,
LaLa, Napster, Amazon
Super Holy Fantastic EP
Release Date: January 24, 2009.
Available on: Itunes, Rhapsody,
LaLa, Napster, Amazon
Stuff We Leave Behind
Wonk, The New Punk
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Wonk, the New Punk Fresh Folk Rock/Bluegrass/Indie trio hits the road like true warriors By C.A. M...Wonk, the New Punk
Fresh Folk Rock/Bluegrass/Indie trio hits the road like true warriors
By C.A. MacConnell
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Once upon a time she had a Chuck Taylor collection. Now, cowboy boots. Around seven pairs, less than $5 apiece.
This day, Wonky Tonk (acoustic guitar, vocals, banjo) wears white, fringed boots. Her clothes are littered with mismatched stripes and stars. She has a crooked pierced lip, a pierced nose and some tats to brag about.
She chews fruity gum. Hates mint. A flower hangs from her straight, edgy hair. Vibrant and vegan, she often eats pretzels and Oreos on tour.
Wonky grew up here, yeah, but she stumbles over the answer: "It's been alright singing and all. People are pretty nice, but I can't stay here. Let's find a way to get out. Music. Keep on keepin' on."
Only 20, still in school, she's studying political science.
"I wanna write songs like John Lennon," she explains, "and fill the more folky side of Wonky Tonk with some sort of political undertones."
Wonky taught herself guitar a few years ago, but banjo is her baby.
"If you're a musician, there are some instruments you pick up and you're like, 'This is home,' " she says. "I pick up banjo and I can't play it traditional Bluegrass style, but it just makes sense. I'm like, 'OK, I know exactly where to go.' "
She does. A natural songwriter, Wonky's solo performances quickly earned her a 2008 Cincinnati Entertainment Award nomination for New Artist of the Year.
In her free time, Wonky freelances in the film business; her credits include work on music videos for Feist and Death Cab for Cutie. At one wrap party in Dayton, Wonky coincidentally met Moriah Lawson, who happened to be hanging out there with a friend. Grabbing their instruments, the two jammed at a hotel, and they've been playing together every since.
"She's badass," Wonky says.
Lawson (fiddle, mandolin, vocals) lives in Jacksonburg, Ohio, a town "with like 43 people and 20 cows," Wonky says. Apparently Lawson hates shoes.
Of Lawson, bandmate Nick Mitchell says, "She's amazing. Since she was like 8 she's had banjos, fiddles, everything just lying around her house. She can pick up anything. She plays in her family's Bluegrass band (The Lawson Reunion).
"She can play acoustic guitar like Tony Rice. She's a really good singer, too. You'll hear her all over that (points to CD). She dominates."
Mitchell (melodica, mandolin, piano, vocals) was a 2008 CEA winner in the Experimental/ Electronic category with his other band, Chick Pimp Coke Dealer at a Bar. With moppy hair and a kind, oval face, Mitchell always wears flip flops whatever the weather. The bare-toed one has a Rock star job: delivering pizza. Mitchell met Wonky and Lawson at a show at the Mad Hatter in Covington.
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"Moriah and I were watching him play synthesizer," Wonky says, "and I was like, 'I love him. He's in Wonky Tonk now.' "
And then there were three. Since March of this year.
"It's fresh and going strong," Wonky says. "It's happening fast, but it's quality still. We recorded Super Holy Fantastic in two nights and it's awesome if I must say so myself. I think it's pretty badass for us to come together and just be like, 'Let's get it done.' Every day, we live in Neverland.
"We all sleep in my queen size bed together."
After Mitchell and I bond over our dislike of Chipotle, Wonky admits her crush on Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock.
"He is the essence of me," she says.
Throw in some Johnson Mountain Boys, Björk, the Avett Brothers and Mirah, and Wonky Tonk is somewhere in the mix.
"'Wonk' is the new word for Punk, so we just use it all the time," Mitchell says. "Moriah has a Bluegrass background, but I think we (he and Wonky) have more Punk and Rock influences. We just happen to like the sound of these instruments.
"Didn't really see it coming. I like our sound and stuff, but we've already talked about electronic sounds. She wants me to bring my synthesizer. I don't know how we're gonna make it work, but I know we will."
"We're phasing into this stage," Wonky adds. "The way that I view it is, if we wanna play something, let's do it, even if it doesn't sound 'Wonky Tonk.' We don't have to create another project for it."
She says songs will still be guitar- and banjo-based, but they'll mess around within the limits. Get on the Train was Wonky Tonk's first full-length CD. After a slew of local shows, the band will hit the road in February, promoting Super Holy Fantastic, the brand spanking new four-song EP recorded at a bought-out church, aka Soap Floats Recording Studio.
With New York gigs booked and other out-of-town shows in the works, Wonky says, "We're trying to go to South By Southwest 'cause I applied. Even if we don't get in, Austin is still gonna be bumpin' at that same time with music going on, so we're taking the tour out there. That's kind of the ultimate goal."
The hope is to tour year-round.
"If we could stay on the road playing music … I don't care about the rock star part," Wonky says. " I don't care about money. I just care that we get a shower and food sometimes. Musical transients. And if somebody's gonna help us with that via some sort of contract or anything else, alright."
"She's a road warrior for sure," Mitchell states.
The plan from here? Wonky smiles, her eyes shining.
"The stars, baby." ©
WONKY TONK plays Rohs Street Café Jan. 23. The Super Holy Fantastic CD release party is Jan. 24 at the Southgate House Parlour. Info: myspace.com/wonkytonkmusic
Midpoint Music Festival
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8:30 p.m. Wonky Tonk (Fort Thomas, Ky.) Acoustic Folk Wonky Tonk makes sweetly naive Folk music th...8:30 p.m. Wonky Tonk (Fort Thomas, Ky.)
Wonky Tonk makes sweetly naive Folk music that has the off kilter lilt of Bjork raised in the Midwest and brought up on Woody Guthrie songs. She says she sounds like "Janis Joplin buying Dylan at Walgreens." That could be every bit as right. See Wonky Tonk warbling with her acoustic guitar and make up your own mind.
Dig It: Scout Niblett translating Melanie's catalog as Dust Bowl Folk songs. (BB)
That's a Wrap
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Friday night, after spending the evening riding car shuttles up and down Main Street for four hours,...Friday night, after spending the evening riding car shuttles up and down Main Street for four hours, I returned home and searched around online for some MidPoint Music Festival feedback.
I’d just been blown away by the turnout and quality of music I’d seen and wanted to make sure I wasn’t being biased because I happen to work for CityBeat, which has taken over MidPoint for this, its seventh year. After checking some music message boards and discovering that a lot of people were having the same experience, I came across an article in the Northern Kentucky University student newspaper about a young local singer/songwriter named Jasmine Poole, who has been playing around town for the past several months as Wonky Tonk.
In the article, Poole enthused about the festival and being chosen to perform. In a video clip, Poole’s enthusiasm was even clearer.
“To be able to say that I played a festival with those people,” Poole says in the video, with genuine wide-eyed awe, “… I can die now.”
It’s the kind of enthusiasm that, as organizers of the event, we dreamt about when putting it together. (Poole, by the way, played a great acoustic set at Mexican restaurant Javier’s to a very receptive audience, despite the early start time.) While CityBeat added signed, more widely known artists this year, the festival was still mostly about new,unsigned acts eager to participate in, learn from and have fun at MidPoint.
Local and regional music fans also seemed to have an amazing time at the event; thousands flocked downtown and to Newport over the fest’s three days. While the Southgate House hosted big-shot shows by Robert Pollard and Mates of State, the festival was mostly based in downtown Cincinnati, a part of town that has seen many ups and downs, in terms of entertainment, over the past seven or so years. By concentrating on venues a little further in to town, on and around Main Street, the obligatory panhandling feeding frenzy of past MidPoints was largely eliminated.
Scion, one of the event’s biggest sponsors, provided a fleet of “shuttles” that allowed fest-goers to quickly dart from one end of the festival to the other, making it easier for fans to catch more acts. The shuttles — inspired by the proposal for a streetcar system in Cincinnati — were a huge hit.
The quality of music at this year’s MidPoint also seemed to be at an all-time high. Part of that was the addition of nationally-known acts, but many of the independent, unsigned artists — from both Cincinnati and out of town — provided highlights.
While Robert Pollard debuted his new band, Boston Spaceships, at the Southgate House Thursday, a five-piece Indie Rock band from Cleveland called Scrimshaw was crammed into a corner at downtown restaurant Buddakhan’s Classic Rock Café, playing some intense, visceral Afghan Whigs-inspired sounds that sucked in a few of the small but faithful crowd (including, of course, the obligatory drunk couple stumbling around the front of the “stage” in an effort to “dance”).
This scene repeated itself all weekend: Popular bands drew massive crowds and less popular ones drew well, too (every venue was at or near capacity the whole weekend), bringing their A-games so perhaps they could do the same next year. Not that there weren’t complaints.
Non-U.S. bands like Lonely China Day (from China) and The Mocks (from Mexico) received mixed reactions. On Thursday especially, time slots had to be shifted around due to last-second cancellations, meaning fans were waiting around certain venues for bands that weren’t showing up and other artists had to play earlier, confusing the matter even more.
At The Subway, the amazing Punk Funk trio The Read played a short, blazing set almost an hour early, due to a car wreck on the way to the fest by Columbus’ Blastronauts (they’re OK; their van is totaled). A small crowd saw The Read deliver another typically intense set, but most of their fans showed up at 10 p.m., missing them by about a half hour. Suggestion for next year: sandwich boards outside every venue with the updated schedule posted. Maybe smoke signals?
On Saturday night, Know Theatre grew more and more packed in anticipation of a “secret show” at midnight.
Superb Hip Hop artists Yoshi (Ann Arbor) and God Made Me Funky (Canada) kept the venue hopping. Even Funk legend Bootsy Collins stopped by. When Radio 4 was announced as the secret band from the stage, there was a mixof “Who?” murmurs and instant recognition. Even those disappointed that the secret wasn’t quite special enough had to admit that Radio 4’s Go-Go/Gang of Four/Clash-like take on Funk and Dance music was a great way to close out the fest. But the highlights definitely outweighed the lowlights.
Without further ado, here’s this year’s edition of the MPMFYs, spotlighting some of the best moments from MidPoint’s seventh year.
Best Immigration Reform Commentary
It was quick and cute, but The Mocks — an Electronic duo featuring a bassist, laptop beats and singer Ely Mock — introduced themselves as “from Mexico,” and then Ely added with a smirk, “We come in peace.” Don’t worry, Ely, you’re always welcome in Cincinnati (Butler County might be a different matter).
Best Pre-Fest Press
Despite some internal worries about being a media outlet trying to get the attention of other media competitors, Cincinnati’s TV, blog and print media were fantastically supportive of the festival. All four local TV networks did coverage and even our fellow weekly paper, Cin Weekly, did a giant spread previewing the event. But the best sign that CityBeat is going in the right direction with MidPoint? Over at the Neus Subjex message boards — the most snotty, Punk Rock message boards in the land — a thread was started that was titled, “MidPoint actually decent.” We have officially arrived (even if someone did humorlessly say that the festival was “like the Mad Frog exploded all over Cincinnati”).
Best Nightlife Juxtaposition
Because of the deficiency of live music venues in downtown Cincinnati, several unexpected clubs took a chance on MidPoint. At the Inner Peace Center, the smell of incense made for some nice aroma therapy throughout the event, while Javier’s provided delicious burrito relief. But at dance club The Lodge and party-bar Cadillac Ranch, the clubs’ regulars made for some bizarre culture clashes. At the Ranch, a bachelorette party (complete with giant inflatable penis) gathered around the club’s mechanical bull while bands from as far away as Israel did their best to ignore the mayhem just a few feet away. Alas, it was all quite peaceful, and both clubs should be commended for supporting the event.
Best Place to Escape
The “black box” theater at the Aronoff Center, as it was often referred to, was properly nicknamed. A small black box with a stage. When the lights went down and artists like Wussy, The Purrs, Why? and Headlights played, the back of the crowd was lost in the darkness. Someone could have been making a hydrogen bomb in the back of that place and no one would have known.
Best Marathon Set
Bob Pollard loves the Southgate House (his favorite venue in the country!) and he always brings the Rock when he plays there. Despite debuting a brand new band, Boston Spaceships, he still managed a two-hour-plus show that lived up to the Guided by Voices legacy (he even played a couple of GBV faves for the faithful at the end). Why this didn’t sell out I’ll never know.
Best Improvised ’80s Cover
Knoxville MPMF vets The Rockwells were impressive at the New Stage Collective on Thursday night. The band — known for their perfect Pop Rock and slaying sense of humor — were setting up their gear when Men at Work’s “Overkill” came over the P.A. One by one, the members started playing along, ending with a full chorus before returning to soundchecking.
Best Touching Moment
The members of Chicago's Oh My God haven't been in Cincinnati since they were involved in a near-fatal car accident last year on the way to a show here at The Gypsy Hut. During their anticipated set Thursday, the feeling of "Ain't it great just to be alive" pervaded the band's fiery performance. At one point, singer Billy O'Neill reached over and grabbed the hand of a super-fan who had been standing close and singing every song. A spine-tingling testament to the healing and uplifting powers of music.
Best Working Title
At Wussy's Saturday night set at the Aronoff Center, the band played a few new songs on their new album (which will be out locally by the end of the year). Singer Chuck Cleaver announced one new song as "CEA, Here We Come," jokingly referencing the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards (the band has won several).
Best Kept Secret (Mostly)
Some were in heaven and some were bummed about the "secret show" band being Brooklyn's Radio 4. The secret was kept pretty well (some fun guesses: Gang of Four, MGMT, Does it Offend You, Yeah?) but by Saturday word had spread. There were a few people shocked (for better or worse), but it's hard to keep a secret like that in this crazy cyber age. The secret show will be back next year!
Best Adaptive Band
The U.K.'s Spectrum played Thursday at the Blue Wisp and, knowing the band's connection to Spaceman 3, many were eager for a wall of sound shoegaze set. But the Blue Wisp is a Jazz club and the owners weren't too keen on a loud blast of PsychRock. So Spectrum simply turned it down, turning their trippy soundscapes into trippy little muted Pop songs. Maybe not the best thing for newcomers to the band, but fans truly got a rare experience.
Best Reason to Do This All Again
Where to begin? Let's just say, from my completely unbiased perspective (wink), MidPoint is the best time of the year for music fans. The party will be back in 2009, bigger than ever.
Student To Perform At MPMF
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Music from 22 states and six countries will invade Cincinnati Sept. 25 to Sept. 27 for the Midpoint ...Music from 22 states and six countries will invade Cincinnati Sept. 25 to Sept. 27 for the Midpoint Music Festival and one of Northern's own will be playing with the group.
Jasmine Poole, known as Wonky Tonk in the music world, will be playing the festival.
According to her Web site, Poole describes her genre as folk/indie/bluegrass. She began using the name Wonky Tonk in March and is the sole member of the group. Quickly attaining many shows and achieving much notoriety, Poole sees this opportunity as a dream come true.
"It's like I could die now, it's a dream come true," Poole said.
Midpoint music festival, sponsored for the first time by "CityBeat," a Cincinnati entertainment weekly, is an independent music festival that's coming to Cincinnati for its seventh year. Bands, whose sounds range from hip-hop to country to electronica, play in a wide variety of venues throughout Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, such as the Southgate House and Cadillac Ranch (in downtown Cincinnati). The festival attracts many record label representatives as well.
Poole said the opportunity to play with such a diverse groups as an honor.
"I have respect for all these bands, and to play with them is an honor," she said. "Although I don't fit in, which is what makes Midpoint the incredible festival it is. It brings in all the outsiders, the deviants, the folks who are talented but haven't had a chance to showcase their talents."
Not just anybody can play Midpoint. Bands must submit their music with a strong press kit for themselves through "CityBeat's" Web site. Once received, a panel of judges scores the music and press kit. The highest scoring bands get in. Judges, however, do make exceptions for bands who are outrageously good but don't have a strong press kit.
Since "CityBeat" runs the show, there have been some changes to the festival, according to Dan Bockrath, general manager and co-publisher for the weekly independent paper.
"Past festivals have focused exclusively on independent, unsigned bands," he said. "One of the changes we've made is adding notable regional and national bands to the showcase lineup." A notable regional band is Robert Pollard's Boston Spaceships.
Bockrath sees the festival not as a huge chance to get a band signed to a record label, but more as an "opportunity for a band to come to town and get in front of an enthusiastic crowd of music lovers primed and ready to be fans."
Wonky Tonk plays at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Ink Tank, located at 1311 Main St. Cincinnati.
For more info on Midpoint, a complete schedule, and tickets visit their website at MPMF.com, or Citybeat.com.
This Year in Cincy Recordings, Best of 2008
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Wonky Tonk – Get On The Train Wonky Tonk makes sweetly naive Folk music that has the off kilter lil...Wonky Tonk – Get On The Train
Wonky Tonk makes sweetly naive Folk music that has the off kilter lilt of Bjork raised in the Midwest and brought up on Woody Guthrie songs. She says she sounds like “Janis Joplin buying Dylan at Walgreens.” That could be every bit as right. (BB)
Musicians Nominated for Cincinnati Entertainment Awards
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Jasmine Poole, 20, is a graduate of Highlands High School and a student majoring in political scienc...Jasmine Poole, 20, is a graduate of Highlands High School and a student majoring in political science at Northern Kentucky University. She performs under the name Wonky Tonk and spent last summer perfecting her craft by performing in clubs in New England and along the east coast with two other musicians.
Her songs are folk like but difficult to categorize. “I write verses in my notebook, and usually around 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning start playing little ditties on my guitar,” she said. “When I like something, I pull out my notebook to see if any verses fit the rift I’m playing. It can be very therapeutic.”
Jasmine plays guitar and banjo on stage and has recently added a fiddle player and other musicians to her band. The focus, however, remains on Jasmine. She has a unique voice and her songs are sweet and clever. She stands out on stage in her country/western outfits, cowboy boots and large sunglasses. Her mannerisms and small talk between songs are worth the price of admission alone.
Jasmine says she sounds like “Janis Joplin buying Dylan at Walgreens.” We can’t argue with that.
She also works as an independent contractor for producers of commercials and music videos. Recently, she worked on music video shoots for Feist and Death Cab for Cutie. Jasmine has also worked on commercials for KFC, Speedway and Kroger.
Jasmine has recorded an EP of her original music. It can be purchased at Slow Owl Recordings, Amazon and Napster. Copies are also available at any of Jasmine’s live performances. She’ll be at Arnolds in Cincinnati on January 2 and at the Southgate House in Newport on January 24.
In her spare time Jasmine works out as a member of the boxing team at Northern Kentucky University. Needless to say, she is totally unique.
Brews And Bands
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Last to play was Wonky Tonk. Originally Jasmine Poole’s solo act, she’s added a few new friends to ...Last to play was Wonky Tonk. Originally Jasmine Poole’s solo act, she’s
added a few new friends to share the stage. A week after their album
release party at the Southgate House, Wonky Tonk’s live show is like an
eclectic Woody Guthrie concert that a few indie rockers decided to
revamp with melodica and xylophone, alongside guitar, mandolin and
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We all are familiar with the moments when some stranger stumbles along life’s path and the scenery ...We all are familiar with the moments when some stranger stumbles
along life’s path and the scenery seen from our vantage point seems to
be forever altered for the rest of the venturing. Jasmine Poole is
precisely that kind of person for me. The first time I met Jasmine, I
was ordering another round of a drink called “grasshopper”—part vodka,
part pineapple juice—at some abandoned church located between somewhere
I’d been and somewhere I’ll most likely never go. Little did I know who
Jasmine was, and I certainly didn’t know that a few months later she
would be one of my favorite Cincinnati artists. You might have heard of
her, actually—she goes by a little something called Wonky Tonk.
One month Jasmine picks up the guitar and starts piddling around. A
couple months later, she met Moriah Lawson, who, with roots deep in the
bluegrass tradition, wipes the floors with mandolin and fiddle skills
that leaves your jaw swigging behind your stumbling footsteps. Throw
Nick Mitchell (melodica, mandolin, xylophone), Thom Curran (upright
bass) and Eric Cronstein (banjo) into the mix, add a few months of
practicing together, and the result is the wonderwork called Wonky
It only took eight months between Jasmine’s initial
experimenting for the band to become one of Cincinnati’s most popular
bluesy-folk bands. Call it destiny, fate, the will of some god or
goddess—the stars have certainly aligned for this band and the ground
their seeds fell on is giving rise to a crop that will nourish all who
come to their fields to listen and play. See, while Jasmine performs
every show with a smile and energy like there are daisies growing
through beer-stained hardwood floors, her energy derives from a full
heart and heartfelt desire to do something with her opportunities.
what it is she wants to do is as vague as it is beautiful. When I
recently asked her if she wants to “make it big,” she told me, “Make it
big. Music is a job, an art, a life. I would be cheating myself, the
band and the world... man that's a bold statement (lauhgs)... if we
just stayed in Cincinnati. I am in it for the love of the music. And
the storytelling. I honestly do not care **** about the money or the
fame. What I care about is making a music, telling a story, meeting new
people, telling their story, traveling from town to town, never
stopping, hopefully having food and a shower here and there. I want to
play music always and I want to bring sunshine to the world, exhume the
forgotten dreams.” Maybe you can start seeing why Jasmine is affecting
some bloke she has said “hi” to maybe three times.
Wonky Tonk released Super Holy Fantastic
in late January. The title of the album reminds me of how Jasmine views
the world in general: “I love people and the beauty within them. Too
often is everyone bogged down by routine and what society tells them;
complacency rots the masses and makes dreams invisible. I like to
travel and hear people's stories, and remind them that life is what
they make it. I will travel to the ends of the Earth spreading that
message... and music seems to be a nice medium.” Wonky Tonk not only
lures me in with their quirky yet authentic lyrics and astounding array
of folk genres, the band humbles and inspires me to use my activities
for purposes much bigger than little ole me here in Cincinnati.
February 13th, starts Wonky Tonk’s tour. They are leaving from
Cincinnati to venture to NYC, Virginia, Georgia, Texas, and who knows
where else. I’m not even sure Jasmine would know. However, what I know
is that when I hear a youngster like Jasmine talk about how determined
she is to use her abilities to bring others a sense of joy and
happiness in the world we all experience daily, I realize that each
strum of the guitar, each pluck on the mandolin, each story she and I
and we all tell... if it’s not doing something to sprout up another
crop of enriching nourishment, then no matter what the work or the
medium of art, it’s pretty much pointless.
Bearcast Puts on Show
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"Last to play was Wonky Tonk. Originally Jasmine Poole’s solo act, she’s added a few new friends to ..."Last to play was Wonky Tonk. Originally Jasmine Poole’s solo act, she’s added a few new friends to share the stage. A week after their album release party at the Southgate House, Wonky Tonk’s live show is like an eclectic Woody Guthrie concert that a few indie rockers decided to revamp with melodica and xylophone, alongside guitar, mandolin and upright bass."
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My evening started at Javier's for Wonky Tonk's performance. I've been listening to her music since...My evening started at Javier's for Wonky Tonk's performance. I've been
listening to her music since Michael Oliva from The Harlequins
introduced me to it about six months ago. Self-described as "Janis
Joplin buying Bob Dylan at Walmart", Jasmine Poole means something
completely different to me. Her musical influences are outshined by her
sincere energy, soulful voice, and incredible stage presence. Certainly
as colorful as Joplin, Wonky Tonk is Kentucky's very own Bjork. I also
hear some Modest Mouse influence but Poole's sound is certainly her own.
The Wonky Tonk set is ever-evolving but usually runs about 30 minutes in length, 99% original material and 1% covers of Leonard Cohen, Cash, Young and Prine...Sometimes the repertoire consists of a few terrible corny jokes and rounds out with a rip raging ho-down Kentucky style!
Original Songs Include:
Ninjas of Camelot
BBS (Bugs Bunny Smoothie)
Ride with me
Construction of Deconstruction
There are no upcoming dates at this time.