Jamie Bernstein

Jamie Bernstein


Jamie Bernstein is a poet and songwriter originally from West Virginia. He has been living in New Orleans for the past 12 years and performing his poems and songs. His inspiration is drawn from both the folk music of Appalachia and the rich musical traditons of New Orleans.


Jamie Bernstein was raised in the Southern West Virginian mountains. His parents, distrusting the destructive path of Western Civilization, moved to this remote patch of wilderness in 1975. Jamie was raised with no electricity in a house built of stone and logs.
With no television or other outside entertainment he read many books. This early exposure to language and radical political ideas started him on the path towards becoming a powerhouse word man. He studied literature and creative writing at Florida State University and at The University of New Orleans where he earned a BA in Liberal Arts. In New Orleans he has been working as a lyricist, arranger, and producer for the famous trumpeter James "12" Andrews. His original song "1, 2, What You Gonna Do" appears on James' album, People Get Ready Now. In addition, Jamie mixed and co-produced the album.
Right now Jamie's focus is on continuing to create songs for others to enjoy singing and playing.


Mythologikal Recordings, by Moonshine Logik
People Get Ready Now, By Crescent City Allstars

Set List

Jamie generally performs two 45 minute sets of original and traditional songs, depending on the venue and requirements. The songs are often interspersed with stories about how the song came to be and sometimes a recited poem or two. Bernstein rarely plays covers but does have some standard ones that he knows.
Set List

Ballad of Mac Cole
Should have left
This Town
Shady Grove
Just Outside Barstow
Love Is A Dream
Next Great Love Affair
Land Of Buffalo--->Rich Girls
Shake Your Tambourine
Song I stole From Everyone
Lady New York
100 proof
Barkers Place
I'm Goin' to Beckley
Louisiana 2005
Cajun Boy
Saint James Infermery
You Knew It