Christabel and the Jons

Christabel and the Jons

BandFolkJazz

Christabel and the Jons is a southern swing band that blends familiar standards with modern vintage-sounding originals. Their sound combines elements of old jazz, folk, country, and rhythm and blues. Christabel's distinctive, sultry voice and heartfelt songwriting enchant audiences wherever they go.

Biography

Christabel and the Jons is a sultry southern swing quartet based in east Tennessee. Their music is acoustic and colorful, a blend of vintage swing and Appalachian folk. The group saunters and sways together with ease. Lead singer Christa DeCicco steals hearts with her come-hither delivery and charismatic stage performance. Old suitcases and dressy vintage costumes from the 1920s-1950s give the performance a torch singer, speakeasy feel.

"Her nostalgic lyrics cloaked in a vintage velveteen purr that’d give any top-shelf ’20s-era blues singer a run for her money." (Leslie Wylie, Metro Pulse)

Since the spring of 2005 this quirky foursome has been performing and recording their distinctive style of folky swing. In November of 2006 they released their first official album, "Love and Circumstances."

""Love and Circumstances," a smoky, lushly orchestrated affair that mixes Big Band swing with jazz grooves and greasy blues licks, all set in motion by DeCicco's languid, sensual vocals." (Steve Wildsmith, The Daily Times)

Christabel and the Jons is currently weeks away from recording their highly anticipated second album, which is as of yet untitled... Meanwhile they continue to tour, mostly around the southeast region but with periodic voyages to the northeast, southwest, and pacific northwest. They can often be found in thrift stores as they travel from town to town, hunting for clip-on ties and 1950s party dresses.

Discography

Christa DeCicco - Live at the New Knox (2005)

Christabel and the Jons- Love and Circumstances(2006)

Selections get radio airplay on WDVX, WUTK, WETS, WNCW, KTAO, and can be heard streaming online at www.myspace.com/christabelmusic

Set List

Christabel and the Jons plays both originals and covers. Our typical set length is anywhere from 45 min to an 1 hr 30 min.

Our original songs are:

Back to Tennessee
Best Kind of Friend
Big Deal
Closer to You
Custom Made
Eye for an Eye
Florida
Going Down
I Believe
It’s Love
Last Night’s Dress
Lay your Head Down
Little Jane
Losing Sleep
More Than Friends
Nothing is Wrong
Postcard
Quit my Job
Remember
Same Town, Same Night
Say I'm Crazy
Sweetheart
Thankful
The Good Life
Waltzing Matilda
What am I Going To Do With You?
You Go To My Head
You Take Care of Yours

We cover songs from the following artists:
Nina Simone, Gillian Welch, Peggy Lee, Jolie Holland, Muddy Waters, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, Bob Dylan, Monty Python ("The Galaxy Song" from the movie "The Meaning of Life")