Formal Showcaser SXSW 2008 **Best New Local Act -- Austin Chronicle 2005 Critics Poll** Reynolds' music is pop-infused Americana, Shawn Colvin meets Gillian Welch, with a smattering of Beth Orton.
**CURRENTLY RECORDING (2014) new CD at Congress House Studio in Austin, TX**
3rd Place 2013 Songwriter Serenade Contest
Formal Showcaser SXSW 2008
Best New Local Act Austin Chronicle 2005 Critics Poll
2003 Kerrville New Folk Finalist
1999 Boston Music Award Nominee
Featured on ABC, CBS and NBC television
Jenny Reynolds is suspicious of all things fancy. If it shines too much, it hasnt had any pain, it hasnt lived, and it doesnt know the grime of everyday life.
For me, says the Boston native, songwriting is like digging in the dirt to find the debris that may or may not come out on its own. And I like being in the trenches.
Following her mission statement of Work hard, be nice, keep moving, Reynolds has had significant accomplishments in music as an independent artist. An Official Showcaser at SXSW in 2008, Reynolds moved to Austin in 2003 and was named Best New Local Act in the Austin Chronicles 2005 Critics Poll. Since arriving in Texas, Reynolds has played The Old Settlers Festival and the Kerrville Folk Festival, The Cactus Caf, and Threadgills World Headquarters. She has shared stages with Jimmy LaFave, Bruce Robison, Catie Curtis, Guy Forsyth, Sara Hickman, Shelley King, Michael Fracasso, Seth Walker, and Grammy Winner Terri Hendrix. When returning to her native New England, she has played Club Passim, Fox Run House Concerts, and the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse.
Reynolds latest CD, Next To You, features Ruthie Foster, Ian McLagan, Warren Hood, and Scrappy Jud Newcomb. It is her third national release. Reynolds music is an amalgam of Kathleen Edwards, Beth Orton and Gillian Welch. Next To You combines rockers and ballads, stories and rants, and precisely one hoot. Her music has been featured on major network television and independent film, including ABCs All My Children and CBS The District. She is also the founder and producer of Austin's Williams Nite: an Annual Tribute to the Music of Hank and Lucinda Williams, an annual show that ran for five years.
Wishing to share the stage, Reynolds plays many acoustic duo gigs in Texas with Scrappy Jud Newcomb (Ian McLagan & the Bump Band, The Resentments) who also co-produced Next To You. She plays with stringed instrumentalist extraordinaire Steve Sadler when returning to New England. Full band gigs are rootsy and have included Rob Hooper on percussion. She is also an accomplished solo performer.
A trained educator, Reynolds also teaches guitar independently and with the National Guitar Workshop, and has written instructional articles for Acoustic Guitar Magazine. She is currently recording a new CD tentatively titled "Any Kind of Angel" with Mark Hallman (Eliza Gilkyson, Ani diFranco) at Congress House Studio in Austin in 2014.
Any Kind of Angel
Written By: Jenny Reynolds
Any Kind of Angel (Jenny Reynolds © 2012)
1. She left home like a shooting star across the sky in her Daddy’s car
Silver light and a thumbnail moon
I watched her go my only girl she met a man and found the world
Ran away like lovers do.
2. A farm can be a dusty hell when there ain’t nothin’ in the well
Hasn’t rained out here for years.
The creek is dry the cattle’s gone the bank says we are overdrawn
She had to go or live my fears (Chorus)
Clouds come, but they don’t keep their promise
Feel the wind, but the sky won’t let go.
Send me any kind of angel
When I’m cryin’ I want someone to know
3. All my family’s ever known, everyday and birth to bone
Build a life from a farm
Work the land and sow the seed, take only what you know you need
Never did no one no harm (Chorus)
4. Ain’t no hope like a farmer’s hope, day to day and note for note
Always looking to next year
There ain’t no love like a mother’s love no matter what her child has done
Love your own and keep ‘em near (Chorus)
Dance for Me
Written By: Jenny Reynolds
Dance for Me (Jenny Reynolds © 2012)
1. Don Quixote in Chicago, Giselle in Rio de Janeiro
City lights, hotel rooms, limousines
I’m a prima ballerina, Cinderella and Paquita
Curtain calls, invitations, kings and queens
2. As a girl in Costa Rica, senorita estrellita
There were lessons, many hours up on toes
Dancing school in the city, after that I left my family
Marquee lights, footlight roses, touring shows.
My life means leaving people wanting more and more
Every scene there’s a step, a turn, a one-two-three
All my friends and lovers live their lives for others
I only dance for me.
3. Finish and pack for the next one, Moscow, Brussels and London
River Thames, and a boyfriend in the wings
Come see when we do Firebird, two weeks in Hamburg
If not then maybe wait ‘til next spring (Chorus)
4. Paris apartment in twilight, the time I used to be in spotlights
At forty, I’m a teacher everyday
Company says I’m retired, my soul makes them a liar
Should I now begin to feel my age (Chorus)
Dance for Me (New song to be recorded)
Any Kind of Angel (New song to be recorded)
Next To You
Ain't No Reason
I Forget Myself
Weary Blues from Waiting (Hank Williams)
Belong To Heaven
Bet on the Wind
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (Hank Williams)
Coming Up Blue
Eleventh Hour Love
I'm Looking through You (The Beatles)
Make Me Down a Pallet on Your Floor (Trad.)
Whiskey & Pie