Jami Lunde
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Jami Lunde

Lyons, Colorado, United States | INDIE

Lyons, Colorado, United States | INDIE
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"Jami Lunde Big Black Birds"

"Jami Lunde Big Black Birds Awnry Girl Records 3.5 out of 5 stars One can only imagine the loneliness that accompanies solo travels through Colorado, California and Southeast Asia. Hence, Jami Lunde titled her second album after the birds that helped keep her loneliness at bay. The melancholic loneliness, however, slips through and is strikingly present in both the instrumentals and vocals on her most recent CD."
- Andrew Wojik, Marquee Magazine (Jul 01, 2011) - Marquee Magazine


"Jami Lunde Big Black Birds"

"This album builds and builds and builds, it is a piece of work that grows on you each time you listen to it. Which in my opinion, is the real sign of a truly great piece of music. You will hear something new that you missed with each listen. Either a lyric you didn’t catch first listen or a riff that hits you right between the eyes. "
- Dave McIntyre, Lyons Recorder (Jul 01, 2011) - Lyons Recorder


"Jami Lunde Big Black Birds"

"This album builds and builds and builds, it is a piece of work that grows on you each time you listen to it. Which in my opinion, is the real sign of a truly great piece of music. You will hear something new that you missed with each listen. Either a lyric you didn’t catch first listen or a riff that hits you right between the eyes. "
- Dave McIntyre, Lyons Recorder (Jul 01, 2011) - Lyons Recorder


"Jami Lunde Big Black Birds"

"A world traveled alt.country troubadour, Lunde parks it in Colorado with some local luminaries with national reputations and turns in the set people that who would like a Lucinda Williams that speaks to a younger generation have been looking for. With concise, hard hitting lyrics leading the way, this is one of those indie albums that sneaks up on you and blows you away. A welcome new vector for Americana for sure. "
- Midwest Entertainment (Jul 18, 2011) - Midwest Entertainment Report


"Jami Lunde 3rd and Lindsley nashville"

"Jami’s vocals remind me of Mindy Smith, but with a little more ‘umph’ behind them - and I LOVE Mindy Smith, so that’s a big compliment from me! Not too many singers are comfortable showing genuine vulnerability or singing simple, single notes instead of implementing excessive runs, vibratos, and vocal gymnastics that are now mandatory for anyone to take singers seriously, thanks to shows like American Idol. These ladies voices are so pure, and the emotion evoked from the lyrics really shine through - and isn’t that the whole point of music - to convey emotion? "
- Nancy Rosenblatt Wilson, Trails of Crumbs Blog (Oct 17, 2011) - Trails of Crumbs Music


"Jami Lunde 3rd and Lindsley nashville"

"Jami’s vocals remind me of Mindy Smith, but with a little more ‘umph’ behind them - and I LOVE Mindy Smith, so that’s a big compliment from me! Not too many singers are comfortable showing genuine vulnerability or singing simple, single notes instead of implementing excessive runs, vibratos, and vocal gymnastics that are now mandatory for anyone to take singers seriously, thanks to shows like American Idol. These ladies voices are so pure, and the emotion evoked from the lyrics really shine through - and isn’t that the whole point of music - to convey emotion? "
- Nancy Rosenblatt Wilson, Trails of Crumbs Blog (Oct 17, 2011) - Trails of Crumbs Music


Discography

Butterfly With Broken Wings 2003
Big Black Birds 2011

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The last 2 years since Jami's 2nd album, Big Black Birds (featuring Chris Funk of The Decemberists and Black Prairie) was released, Jami has played hundreds of shows, toured nationally playing The 5 Spot and 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville,Showcased during SXSW in Austin, sang on the main stage at The Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, shared the stage with Little Feat and Trampled By Turtles amongst others. She's hung out with Lucinda Williams and Neko Case and gained a vast fan base all over Colorado and the US. She is working on her 3rd album currently and also producing a new album and documentary film to raise money and awareness for the Lyons Creative Community who were displaced due to the catastrophic Sept 2013 flooding. She is a loyal Gibson Guitar player and a chick who doesn't wait for permission.
Jami Lunde Big Black Birds Press Release 2011
The gray blankets me inside the rounded windows of this vintage 1966 Overlander Airstream as I sit at this dinette table overlooking the frozen Saint Vrain River on a cold January Colorado day. My little turn table with a small handful of albums I was playing last fall sit here next to me and I am listening to The Heart of Saturday Night on a Sunday Morning. I have a little electric hot water heater that does the trick for all most everything and I wonder how I got here.
I’ve been keeping company with Big Black Birds in the strangest of places: The Cold Blue Winter Skies of Colorado, walking the hot sands of South East Asia, and under the smiling palm trees of Los Angeles, California.They fly along as I drive thousands of miles every month from there and to here and keep me from feeling too alone all too often.
I’ve traveled more in the last 3 years than I have in what were the years that came before. I have lived in sporadic seclusion in a log cabin without running water in Fraser, Colorado, in a tin ceilinged store front on Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice, California, in grassy two dollar a night paper huts on the Beaches of Western Thailand, Beautifully carved Balinese Bungalows in Indonesia, and slept on bamboo platforms watching the sea foam green for days on end overlooking the Indian Ocean. I lived for a couple years in a one room garage apartment that was on the verge of being swallowed whole by sunflowers and cucumber vines in Lyons, Colorado, I’ve had some short sentences in basements with and without doors. I am now cultivating another bed in one more basement with a door and also splitting my time in a minty airstream with just an extension cord to the outside world. I know it's kind of schizophrenic.I write songs on envelopes in my car as I drive back and forth and I record them with the help of the ones who turned up at the right time.
I remain in relative obscurity as I am releasing my second album, which I believe is a collection of conversations between me and the black birds that fly alongside me. Sylvia Plath once said ‘Everyone in me is a bird. I am beating all my wings’ and I feel that to be as true of a thing to say as anything I’ve heard before. I have attempted to gather up the words that fall into my mind and place them into the songs that come from nowhere at all. Musically pulling from the neighborhoods and avenues where the songs I love come from the words and guitars of Kathleen Edwards, Lucinda Williams, Neil Young, Ryan Adams and Jay Farrar and so on…
My favorite writers that come to mind are: Harper Lee, Sylvia Plath, Anais Nin, Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac, Hubert Selby, Jr, Peter Jenkins, Henry Rollins, F.Scott Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Lesser and Elizabeth Gilbert- Somehow I sew the red string between them all. I drive an Outback with 186,000 miles on it and she’s burning more oil that she used to. I tend to drive fast in the middle of the night in snowy blizzards when I am coming back home to him over the Great Divide. I have friends all over the world and I consider each one of them a home I am constantly trying to get back to. I am a Gibson Guitar player with a strong right hand. I don’t know what I am doing or how I come up with the things I do- I don’t know the math, how to solve the equation or what the answers are but what I do have are my songs that came from nowhere in particular. My favorite album is Gregg Allman Laid back and I don’t even like Gregg Allman all that much but I love that album and I have 3 copies of it. It’s my number one go to.
I was born December 14, 1971 in Gary, Indiana. I used to drink more than I do now. Which is none. But I live the life of a bar fly. First one there and the last to leave. I've used Oil of Olay since I was 14 and think to myself: 'at least I have pretty eyes.' I can’t sing harmony on your song and I don’t want to play pool. My idea of a good time is getting lost in a record store on a Tu