Jamie Holesha

Jamie Holesha

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Solo, acoustic, loud, funny, kinda rocky / kinda bluesy… “Holesha attacks her 12-string with punk ferocity and veritably howls her vocals; think of a one-woman, riot grrrl version of the Indigo Girls.” Jim DeRogatis, The Chicago Sun-Times

Biography

Jamie Holesha is a Chicago based singer/songwriter. Her energetic live shows are pulled together by an engaging stage presence finely tuned through a background that includes theatre and broadcast radio. Musically, she has performed as a solo act for 8 years with 3 years of fronting and writing for her bands prior to that. Imitating none but inspired by many (Janis Joplin, Ben Folds, Etta James, Tom Jones, Kristin Hersh, Melissa Ferrick, Jeff Buckley, Louis Prima, Concrete Blonde, The Pixies), she thrills audiences with a belting, blues-tinged voice, unabashed sarcasm and sweetness, crowd interaction and a genuine love of performing. Her musical sound shines with fractured, pretty chords soaring up from and exorcised out of her 12-string with furious conviction. Not your typical acoustic female performer, she seems to wrap herself around acoustic familiarities and twist them into loud, funny, emotional and gut-wrenching pieces that leave you clutching the edge of the table and deciding whether to laugh, cry, sing along or pick up your own guitar.

Lyrics

Reveille

Written By: Jamie Holesha

Let me never grow familiar, let me level with this mess
Let me never be invisible, let me animate this dress
Let me never go unnoticed, let me never go untold
Let me leave here on the level lest I leave here when I’m old
From a cold car came my conscience, from a cold heart came my smile
From an echo came my ego, from my sister came my style
From my choices came my challenge, from my fingers came my force
From my voices came my visions, from my cutting came my course

“Reveille, reveille,” if I can’t be strong today
“Reveille, reveille,” so I see another day to say, “reveille.”

Indiscriminate my actions, in defense I take this tone
Indivisible by fractions, independent, I’m alone
In temptation should I lay my head in someone else’s home
Inexcusable my reasons, in disgust I’m driving home
At a distance he did see me, at his service I did stand
At his leisure did he meet me, at a moment took my hand
And my stupid heart was cheering and my head chose to ignore
That the violins were retching as my ass ran out the door

“Reveille, reveille,” if I can’t be strong today
“Reveille, reveille,” so I see another day to say, “Reveille.”

Please excuse me for confusing you, for someone’s asking, “Why?”
‘Cuz my crazy heart is prone to make you laugh until I cry
And I’ll gladly pay for damage to the keeper of the inn
But my money might be counterfeit ‘cuz I wink before I win

“Reveille, reveille,” if I can’t be strong today
“Reveille, reveille,” so I see another day to say,
“Reveille, reveille,” so I can be strong today
So I see another day to say
So I see another day to say
So I see another day to say “Reveille.”

Playing House

Written By: Jamie Holesha

I’m the blanket on your bed- the one you hold when you’re alone
The one that surrounds you when your heart is feeling cold
I am the pillow under your head- the one who’s there to touch your hair
I’m showing all your drool marks and I’m feeling pretty old

I’m your mattress on the springs- I’ve got your back and everything
I’m the springs that push you up, push you up
I’ll bend, I’ll break, recoil, reshape
But I’ll never let you down.

I’m your worn-out teddy bear- I’ve got two eyes, I’ve got no hair
I’ve got no stuffing in my back but you love me just the same
I am the monster under your bed- I’m the scary voices in your head
And tonight I scream your name

I’m your mattress on the springs- I’ve got your back and everything
I’m the springs that push you up when you f*ck
I’ll bend, I’ll break, recoil, reshape
But I’ll never let you down.

I’ll unhinge my jaw, steal the mint from your pillow
But I cannot rest with any other fellow
I’m soiled, I’m stained, I’m sedate, I’m insane
I crave your weight and I promise that it’s not too late

I’m your mattress on the springs- I’ve got your back and everything
I’m the springs that push you up, push you up, up, up, up
I’ll bend, I’ll break, recoil, reshape
But I’ll never let you down
I’ll bend, I’ll break, I’ll recoil and I’ll reshape
But I’ll never let you down.

Home

Written By: Jamie Holesha

Roll your shoulders into my embrace
I'll breathe for you, baby
Till you feel your own faith
Come home.

Gather me up and just put me to bed
I'll hold myself close like my mom and papa did
At home.

I'm singing 'cuz I can't scream,
I laugh 'cuz I won't cry
But lately love just seems to be
the saddest synonym for "goodbye"
Where's home?

The namesake graves aren't where I go to grieve
I'm crying in this space because I'm trying to believe
In home.

Mother Mary, please keep me safe from harm
Knit my rosary prayers into a sweater
that I'm using to keep me warm
Till I'm home.

So please tell the postman if you find me here
My newfound address will be my most-prized souvenir
When I'm home.

Discography

"Three Dollar Demo" - December, 2003

Set List

ORIGINALS
Vessel
Playing House
Reveille
Luxury
Spring
My Lipstick Is Red For A Reason
One AM
Juniper
Gingersnap
Disfunctional Alcoholic New Year's Eve Love Song
The "You've Got To Be Shitting Me" Blues
Superimposed
My Legendary Sadness
Seven Minutes In Heaven
Afghan Angel
Night Time Room
27
Home
Magnets
Nickels
The Lost Harmony
Faith
and more... always more...

COVERS
House of the Rising Sun
Life Goes On
If Love Is A Red Dress (Hang Me In Rags)
Wild Women Don't Get The Blues
Song For The Dumped
Turtle Blues
Ball and Chain
All I Want Is You
Hallelujah