Straight from the heart. This is the style of Miss Jessica Stiles!" - Jim Lauderdale
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"Stiles...sings in a voice that recalls old-school country forerunners Kitty Wells and Sara Carter" - Peter Cooper, Art Now Nashville
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"Elsewhere in Americana: …Also known around Nashville and deserving to be known more widely: compelling, nuanced singer and songwriter Jessica Stiles, whose latest CD, The Latest Stiles (indeed), features her traditionalist country style (tales of heartbreak, honky tonk shuffles), original ballads, and guest appearances by the likes of Randy Kohrs and Josh Williams."
- Barry Mazor, Engine145.com
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Upcoming gigs include:
JULY 13, 2013 at Fireflies
Saturday 8:30 pm
JULY 14, 2013 at The Bluebird Cafe
Sunday 8:00 pm
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• THE LATEST STILES available now on iTunes
• #20 on AirPlay Direct's Top 50 Americana / AAA Albums All-Time chart!
• Get your copy at the Ernest Tubb Record Shops, www.ErnestTubb.com, and Music Millenium.
• Download from iTunes, AirPlay Direct and wherever you get your music online.
As an artist, Jessica Stiles has been described as a 'traditionalist' on CMT's blog, and is soaking up all the vibrant musical traditions of her new home state, Tennessee. Originally from New York City -- by way of Portland, Oregon -- Jessica "took the long way" to get to Nashville, where she enjoys working at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop and also as a broadcast technician with radio legend WSM.
Stiles' songwriting is strongly influenced by folk melodies - both American and from across the Pond, and by the Classic Country tradition.
Jessica has performed on Nashville's WSM Radio, live from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (on "Coffee, Country and Cody"), The Loveless Barn on Music City Roots, The Living Room in NYC, The LaurelThirst in Portland, OR...even sang at the Broken Spoke in Austin...
Other radio appearances include WDVX's "Blue Plate Special" (Knoxville, TN), "Ermest Tubb Midnite Jamboree" on WSM-AM, "Cowboy Church" on WSM-AM and Sirius XM, "Old Time Country Music Radio Show" on WILJ in Lynchburg, TN, "Mississippi West" on KMHD FM in Portland, OR, and the MastanMusic Hour podcast.
Miss Stiles has gotten to share the bill with acts such as, Rodney Crowell, Elizabeth Cook, Jim Lauderdale, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and gotten to perform on various occasions with Randy Kohrs, Danny Flowers, Tony Booth, Chuck Mead, and Dale Watson.
POSTSCRIPT: Miss Stiles has recently moved to Washington DC. Check back for upcoming gigs this Spring! Thanks for visiting.
Also, hope you enjoy the Rough Demo of a new Gospel song, "Answer Him" (by Jessica Stiles, All Rights Reserved).
Jessica Stiles, vocals and guitar plus guest accompaniment as desired.
Check out Jessica's recent album release 'The Latest Stiles' - available now on AirPlay Direct, iTunes (and wherever digital music is distributed).
*** STREET DATE for CD: MARCH 6, 2012 ***
Bluegrass Single: SISSY BETH AND CAPTAIN TOM (by J. Stiles & T. Nocera). Available on AirPlay Direct, iTunes, Amazon and most digital retailers 7/14/11. Personnel: Jessica Stiles (vocals), John Hedgecoth (banjo), Tim Crouch (fiddle), Chris Henry (guitar and mandolin) and Mark Miller (bass). Recorded by Randy Kohrs.
Bluegrass Single: TENNESSEE LINE (by J. Stiles). Available on AirPlay Direct, iTunes, Amazon and most digital retailers 7/14/11. Personnel: Jessica Stiles (vocals), Tim Crouch (fiddle), Josh Williams (guitar and mandolin), Randy Kohrs (resophonic guitar and harmony vocals), Elio Giordano (bass). Recorded by Randy Kohrs.
Jessica Stiles 'EP' (Independent): released 2009. Featuring performances by Dylan-Thomas Vance, Jenny Conlee (of The Decemberists), Harley James, and Lex Browning.
Tracks from THE LATEST STILES have been receiving airplay in the States (including "The Jim Lauderdale Show" and "Coffee, Country and Cody" on WSM in Nashville; Billy Block Show on 103 WKDF; Bill Frater's Americana podcast "Freight Train Boogie") and also in Australia, the UK and Austria.
Roots Watch: Some Records I Think You Ought To Hear
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Elsewhere in Americana…Also known around Nashville and deserving to be known more widely: compelling...Elsewhere in Americana…Also known around Nashville and deserving to be known more widely: compelling, nuanced singer and songwriter Jessica Stiles, whose latest CD, The Latest Stiles (indeed), features her traditionalist country style (tales of heartbreak, honky tonk shuffles), original ballads, and guest appearances by the likes of Randy Kohrs and Josh Williams.
Nashville Pays Tribute to Mark Wehner
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Wednesday night at Douglas Corner, Mark Wehner did what he’d done 1,000 other times: He sat in a cha...Wednesday night at Douglas Corner, Mark Wehner did what he’d done 1,000 other times: He sat in a chair and watched and listened to fine musicians playing fine songs, except when he and his wife got up and slow-danced to the fine sound of fine musicians playing fine songs.
He smiled a lot.
He greeted friends.
Wehner is a musician, a songwriter, a recording artist and a promoter whose Americana Tonight series provided a showcase for many of Nashville’s most intriguing and literate singer-songwriters. The Douglas Corner show was billed as a farewell to Americana Tonight, but it was also a farewell to Wehner, who has stage four cancer and won’t likely be well enough to make it to the second planned Douglas Corner tribute on Sept. 14.
So, while Wehner had done this 1,000 times, it was the first time he’d done it for the last time.
Rodney Crowell, Elizabeth Cook, Chuck Mead, Tim Carroll, Jessica Stiles, Kristi Rose, Fats Kaplin, Stacie Collins, Dave Coleman, Rick Schell, James Intveld, Walter Egan, Supe Granda, Matt Urmy and many others worked to assure that the five-hour evening traded on beauty, melody and joy.
“We all love you for who you are,” Urmy said from the stage, looking to Wehner, who sat in the left corner of the room, wearing a sparkling western jacket. “This is all for you.”
Ubiquitous (and aptly named) door man Big Steve greeted patrons at the door, demanding no cover charge but collecting donations for Wehner. Over the course of the evening, Wehner’s fans and friends chipped in nearly $2,000, but the dough was slight subtext to the music.
Crowell, a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer, brought his band for a poignant stage-turn that included a knowing version of Allen Reynolds’ “Dreaming My Dreams With You.” “I’ll live to see it all through/ But I’ll always miss dreaming my dreams with you,” he sang. Crowell tailored his seven-song set to the evening, closing with a powerful “Song For The Life” that stilled the packed room and dedicating “I’m Still Learning How To Fly” to Wehner:
“I’m halfway to heaven,” he sang. “Halfway to hell/ But I might roll a seven, you never can tell,” before delivering the chorus: “Life’s been good, I said/ I’m 10,000 miles ahead/ The day I rest is the day I die/I’ve got a past like a broken wing/ But you ain’t seen anything/ I’m still learning how to fly.”
Keyboard player and producer Michael Webb organized the evening, which served as a sprawling rough guide to the Nashville Americana scene. Most everyone spoke directly about Wehner, refusing to allow his health to become the elephant in the room. Stiles, who sings in a voice that recalls old-school country forerunners Kitty Wells and Sara Carter, devoted “Little Darlin’ Pal of Mine” to Wehner. Tim Carroll played a blistering rock ‘n’ roll set and noted Wehner’s efforts to sustain a roots music community through his Americana Tonight show: “I know at times it seemed like nobody cared,” Carroll said. “But, Mark, look around you. People cared.”
They did care, and they do care, and they showed up to show Wehner all of that. In so doing, they created an evening that was at once lovely and grim.
“Hey, hey, it’s a beautiful world,” sang Kristi Rose. It’s more so for Wehner’s presence. It’ll be less so soon.
In Portland (Oregon) Folk singers, they grow like weeds
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Stiles can write and she can sing. The band provide the sort of backing you’d sell most of your poss...Stiles can write and she can sing. The band provide the sort of backing you’d sell most of your possessions for...on the first couple of tracks Francis Regan’s banjo dominates, a fluid background sound flitting from note to note as easy as dew envelops grass.
‘Liars Hand’ reduces down to Stiles alone with her guitar and it disappears as quickly as the dew faced by the summer sun. The cover of ‘Dear God’ starts starkly acapella before guitar and steel guitar provide some support. All the while she’s delving more and more into traditional forms and another cover ‘I Never Had the One I Wanted’ adds fiddle, steel guitar and double bass and removes all traces that life continued after 1964. It’s the sound of a polished Airstream trailer, convincing in its period detail...by David Cowling, March 17, 2009
Brooklyn Country - review
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Jessica Stiles' EP 2009 album is the perfect marriage of vocal diversity and skillful songwriting. F...Jessica Stiles' EP 2009 album is the perfect marriage of vocal diversity and skillful songwriting. From the folksy grit and lilting vocals of "Carousel" to a twenty-first century spin on classic Americana in "Diamond City", Stiles' album is a delight to the ears of Southern music enthusiasts. Stiles' "I Never Had the One I Wanted" embodies the heartache and vocal richness reminiscent of Patsy Cline and leaves the listener pining for more.
BY SHANNON BROWN
Music Listings - Feb. 3, 2011 (Portland, OR)
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Jessica Stiles [COUNTRY] "Having grown tired of both the hippies and the incessant rain of Portland,...Jessica Stiles [COUNTRY] "Having grown tired of both the hippies and the incessant rain of Portland, Oregon," reads her bio, "Jessica [Stiles] now lives in sunny Nashville, TN." And who can blame her? It seems the change in musical climate, too, has been good for the lady; her alto sounds smoother and sturdier than ever, and has taken on a mellifluous honky-tonk tone, with rich low notes. Her songwriting strikes a similar tone, both melodies and lyrics coming across simple, plain-spoken and direct. No "alt-" in Stiles' country, thank you very much. She's performed on Nashvegas' Music City Roots radio show alongside the estimable Jim Lauderdale and Ray Wylie Hubbard, as well as on Sirius XM. Yep, it seems that fleeing the freaks and floods of Stumptown was the right move for this twangy trouper. JEFF ROSENBERG. Beaterville Cafe. 7 pm.
Country crooner comes to town
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Photo caption: Jessica Stiles brings her country sound from Portland. By Serena Markstrom Coun...Photo caption: Jessica Stiles brings her country sound from Portland.
By Serena Markstrom
Country singer Jessica Stiles, who will open for the Low Tide Drifters tonight at Luckey's, is bringing a new EP with her.
The release is called "EP*2009 USA." It includes six songs, with its four originals and two covers mostly landing on the "heartbreak" sliver of the country music pie chart.
"Sporting one of the finest country crooner voices this side of the Cascades, Ms. Stiles keeps a rough 'n' ready bunch of musical gunfighters in her employ," says multi-instrumentalist Lewi Longmire, who also books LaurelThirst Public House in Portland. "Kitty Wells, watch your back!"
-Feb 13, 2009
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SATURDAY 1/31 (Biddy McGraw's, 6000 NE Glisan) The brand-new self-titled EP from singer/songstress...SATURDAY 1/31
(Biddy McGraw's, 6000 NE Glisan)
The brand-new self-titled EP from singer/songstress Jessica Stiles is a rural affair consisting of a small dose of well-meaning, if not overtly cliched, Americana...Thankfully things perk up later with the Sweetheart of the Rodeo-esque stylings of "I Never Had the One I Wanted," where Stiles' voice echoes with a wounded and distant cadence. -Ezra Ace Caraeff 2009
Don't Miss List
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Continuing the momentum from her 2009 EP release, North Portland resident Jessica Stiles brings her ...Continuing the momentum from her 2009 EP release, North Portland resident Jessica Stiles brings her honky-tonk band to the Mock Crest.
The Jessica Stiles Band performs a mix of original Americana and classic country music a la Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams Sr. and Johnny Paycheck. Hope you'll drop in and listen to the "live jukebox"! Just don't cry in your Pabst. Or if you do, we won't tell.-March 2009
Original Americana, Bluegrass, Classic Country and Traditional songs - not necessarily in that order!