Janine Wilson Band

Janine Wilson Band

 Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C., USA
BandAmericanaRoots

Roots rock/Americana with a bit of blues, country, folk and soul for good measure. Think Sheryl Crow, Lucinda Williams, a bit of Springsteen...

Biography

JANINE WILSON, WAKIN' UP

Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies) winner in the following categories:

Album of the Year - Wakin' Up
Song of the Year - It Should Be Me
Roots Rock Album - Wakin' Up
Album Design

It Should Be Me wins Gold in the Rock/Alternative Category of the 26th Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and Wakin' Up in Texas and The Grass is Always Greener receive Honorable Mention!

It Should Be Me is a winner in the Dallas Songwriting Contest

Wakin' Up in Texas places as a semi-finalist in the International Song Contest!

...a very impressive record. Take those early Lucinda Williams/Norah Jones/kd lang CDs out of your changers and put this one in, now! Michael Jaworek, The Birchmere

Janine Wilsons name carries with it certain expectations. A big voice with a stage presence to match it. Award-winning songs full of love, heartache, and mischief. A command of vocal styles ranging from the blues to Americana roots rock. And while those expectations will not go unfulfilled with her next album, don't let the familiar face on the cover fool you.

It's time to wake up to a very different Janine Wilson.

Her third album since releasing the debut The Blue Album, Wakin' Up is Janine's first album of all-original material, making it her most personal artistic statement to date. Building on the same partnership that delivered the award-winning songs Don't Even Start and So Long, Janine teamed up with guitarist extraordinaire Max Evans (Ugly Americans) to write the songs that would eventually belong on Wakin' Up.

Once the writing was complete, Janine approached maverick recording artist Blake Morgan, founder and president of NYC's Engine Company Records, in the hope of having him produce the album. Morgan proceeded to do one better, putting together an incredible band of top-flight New York musicians for the recording sessions - Jonathan Ellinghaus on drums, John Turner on bass, Melissa Giges on backing vocals, and even providing Wurlitzer, Hammond B-3 organ, and backing vocals himself. Together with Evans playing guitar, Janine's powerhouse vocals have never been in front of a more solid or sophisticated sound.

The album opens with another award-winning track, It Should Be Me, and though this song appeared on Wilson's album, Save Me From Myself, the similarity ends there. With new songs, a new producer, and a new band, Janine has also found a new kind of confidence. Her voice now shares its usual outspokenness with a more open vulnerability, amplifying the natural sultriness of her delivery.

The opening guitar licks of Just Kiss Her make it apparent that this vulnerable side of Janine Wilson hasn't softened her, a fact mirrored by the directness of her lyrics (You keep wasting your time / While I'm standing here / Offering mine / And its all right here for you). The heartache and pain are palpable in her phrasing as she sings Disappear, a rock ballad reminiscent of Sheryl Crow, contrasting with the masked denial found in Evans's Not For Real (I don't take anything to heart / I'm just a million and one false starts).

With the pseudo-title track Wakin' Up in Texas, a new direction starts to appear, blending her bluesy roots with a pop-rock sensibility more akin to Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders. The desperation of her lyrics draws you in as the first half of the album ends, and as the second half begins, the sweetness of the acoustic guitar on Only One In Love capitalizes on that closeness, commiserating the loneliness of unrequited love (I let you take my hand / Let myself have too much fun / Too bad I'm the only one in love). The pop-rock angle continues in Kiss You At Hello, a shamelessly hopeful song of love at first sight.

Janine sings about the urgent need for green living during today's hard times (When the markets crash and the headlines flash / That there's no end in sight / You've gotta learn to live with less I guess / And make the wrong things right) in the alt-country-tinged The Grass Is Always Greener, followed by an equally passionate plea to not waste an opportunity for love in Rustin' In the Rain. Janine shares the vocal spotlight with Evans on this one, leaving you wanting to hear more of this duo.

Recorded with Blake Morgan at the helm of Engine Company Records studio in NYC and at Philadelphia's Studio 4 with Grammy Award-winner Phil (Butcher Bros.) Nicolo, Wakin' Up proves to be yet another step in Wilson's continuing evolution. 

Lyrics

Save Me From Myself

Written By: Janine Wilson and Max Evans

You kiss me on a pretense
I kiss you back in self defense
There’s plenty more where you came from
But what the hell I’ll play dumb

You’re much too complicated
And I can be too dedicated
The back of your neck looks too good to waste
Gonna pull you down and get a taste

Save me from myself
Save me from myself
Should have stayed up on the shelf
Who’s gonna save me from myself

Don’t care what’ll happen later
I know I’ll end up being my own traitor
I’ll kick myself in the head
The second you roll outta my bed

Save me from myself
Save me from myself
Should have stayed up on the shelf
Who’s gonna save me from myself

I’ll get over it in a minute or two
At least that’s what I’d like to think I’ll do

Save me from myself
Save me from myself
Should have stayed up on the shelf
Who’s gonna save me from myself

Don't Even Start

Written By: Janine Wilson and Max Evans

You might think I want more than this, but
Your kiss isn’t that good
You might think that I’m makin’ a wish, but
I wouldn’t if I could

There you go thinking you know what’s in my head and in my heart
Baby, put an end to that, don’t even start, don’t even start

I must have spent a thousand kisses on you
bliss, baby this ain’t
You never get to see what’s underneath
Until you chip away the paint.

There you go thinking you know what’s in my head and in my heart
Baby, put an end to that, don’t even start, don’t even start

I won’t give myself to you, thought it’s the kind of thing that I would do
I know I can give my heart too soon, but I ain’t looking for a honeymoon

You might think I want more than this, but
Your kiss isn’t that good
You might think that I’m makin’ a wish, but
I wouldn’t if I could

There you go thinking you know what’s in my head and in my heart
Baby, put an end to that, don’t even start, don’t even start

So Long

Written By: Janine Wilson and Max Evans

I can’t stand to be in my own head
I can’t stand to be in my own bed
Those were the last two places you were
Before you pulled to be with her

You won’t always be on mind
You wont’ always take up my time
I won’t always think of you
Though you want me to

You said that I’ve got things she doesn’t have
Honey, you could always make me laugh
And though I may not be smiling now
I think that I will manage somehow

You won’t always be on mind
You wont’ always take up my time
I won’t always think of you
Though you want me to

I won’t always drown in your blue eyes
Cuz I’ve opened mine and gotten wise
And though you can’t lose was isn’t yours
It’s time I said so long and closed the door

You won’t always be on mind
You wont’ always take up my time
I won’t always think of you
Though you want me to

It Should Be Me

Written By: Janine Wilson/Max Evans


It should be me
In your arms
In your heart
In your everyday

It should be me
With your name
With your smile
With your hand on my face

I could have been your prize
Not a compromise
It should be me
It should be me

It should be me
Under you
Understand
You were everything

It should be me
Not alone
Not afraid
Not here where I lay

Why does the word “no” hurt like nothing else
When I hear it from you, I feel like I lose myself

It should be me
It should be me
It should be me
It should be me

It should be me
Holding you
Holding on
To every drop of you

It should be me
Close to you
Close enough
Close to letting you go

I could have been your prize
Not a compromise
It should be me
It should be me

Wakin' Up in Texas

Written By: Janine Wilson/Max Evans

Pink fire slowly burns away any taste of you
Red velvet below, it all changes to blue
Wish this bird could fly backwards,
So I could change what I said.
Would it matter if I did?

Waking up in Texas without you
Waking up in Texas without you
Waking up in Texas without you
Waking up alone

Touch down jolts me out of sleep
Remembering makes my heart sink
The grey sky feels like an embrace
There’s too much breathing space
If this bird could fly backwards
Then I could change what I said
Would it matter if I did?

Waking up in Texas without you
Waking up in Texas without you
Waking up in Texas without you
Waking up alone

Higher and higher
My life’s getting smaller and smaller
The clouds roll in and I can't see,
Two beats of my heart in front of me

Can I wash you all away?
Would I do the same today?
It’s so easy to see mistakes
Once you’ve left them in your wake
Maybe if it rains harder
it’ll cover all of my tracks
would it matter if it did?

Waking up in Texas without you
Waking up in Texas without you
Waking up in Texas without you
Waking up alone

Waking up in Texas without you
Waking up in Texas without you
Waking up in Texas without you
Waking up alone

Just Kiss Her

Written By: Janine Wilson/Max Evans

Soon you’ll be happy again
It could all start right now
Just kiss her

Your heart will catch her sun
Sunflowers will grow again
Just kiss her

You keep wasting your time
While I’m standing here
Offering mine
And it’s all right here for you
Just kiss her

That full moon out your window
Is the one she’s dreamin’ on
Just kiss her

The best bad idea you ever had
Shrug off the should I’s
Just kiss her

You keep wasting your time
While I’m standing here
Offering mine
And it’s all right here for you
Just kiss her

Life is strange
Not who or what you thought
Your heart was shattered
She just wants to mend it

Soon you’ll be happy again
It could all start right now
Just kiss her

Chorus

Just kiss her
Just kiss her

Kiss You At Hello

Written By: Janine Wilson/Max Evans

My soul is floatin’ around
Listening for a certain kind of sound
Don’t know quite where to land
Been aiming for the palm of your hand

We met on a sun promised day
The hair in your eyes got in my way
My heart sighed in relief
When you revealed to be its thief

You opened up your hand and offered up the moon
I see a different world, that’s suddenly in bloom

I wanted to kiss you at hello
I wanted to kiss you at hello
Lay your head on my pillow
Wanted to kiss you at hello

You’re a long tall drink of happiness
How could I want any less
The sun has set for the day
But I know it’s coming back to stay

Slow the world down to a crawl
Let’s settle in for the long haul
Don’t know quite where to land
Been aiming for the palm of your hand

The way my name sounds different coming from your mouth
I guess I never really had any doubt

I wanted to kiss you at hello
I wanted to kiss you at hello
Lay your head on my pillow
Wanted to kiss you at hello

Rustin' in the Rain

Written By: Janine Wilson/Max Evans

I found a note from you in a jacket I ain’t worn in a while
I tried to hold back my feelings, but I broke down and smiled
I thought of you and me holding hands walking thru town
And I barely saw the clouds before the rain came down

Well, I don’t know why I called so early late at night
As if this was a story I could rewrite
I did not mean to cause you that kind of pain
And leave you like a junkyard car rusting in the rain

Rustin’ in the rain, rustin’ in the rain, I’m standing like a junkyard car, rustin’ in the rain

Hadn’t heard from you in years though you never went away
Read your letter worn, all I know is it was Saturday
You said you couldn’t stay and let’s go down South
I never could believe the words from your mouth

Rustin’ in the rain, rustin’ in the rain, I’m standing like a junkyard car, rustin’ in the rain

Couldn’t we talk about the weather?
Keep it loose and pass the time of day
I’m pretty sure that we’re not ready
For what my black heart might say

Rustin’ in the rain, rustin' in the rain, you didn’t need to leave me here rustin’ in the rain

Only One in Love

Written By: Janine Wilson/Max Evans

Standing in the rain, so you can’t tell she’s crying
No one can see I’m crying
I want to wash you off of my skin, I’m really trying
Your breath pounds in my ear like thunder

You said I like, this side of you
What the hell did I let myself do?
Chorus I let you take my hand, let myself have too much fun
Too bad I’m the only one in love

With you, I saw the clouds lift but then descend again
It seems I have a knack for being found by the wrong man
Can’t seem to just walk away from where I’ve been
Keep going back and going under

You said I like, this side of you
What the hell did I let myself do?
I let you take my hand, let myself have too much fun
Too bad I’m the only one in love

Sweet phrases from your lips like candy to my ears
We both know I need it
It seems so easy for you to toss those words around
Only you know you don’t mean it

Standing in the rain, so you can’t tell she’s crying
No one can see I’m crying
I want to wash you off of my skin, I’m really trying
Will I ever walk away, I wonder

Better A Little Late Than A Little Never

Written By: Janine Wilson/Max Evans

It's taken us so long to get here
But even now we’re still unclear
Days are moving forward to being one
Don’t wanna be the one that’s left undone

Better a little late, than a little never
We stumble now and lose forever
Or just whisper in my ear it’s okay,
Better a little late, than a little never

I run my finger across my lips
It's been ages since I've been truly kissed
Feel your sweater brush across my skin
It's good to feel your touch again

Better a little late, than a little never
We stumble now and lose forever
Or just whisper in my ear it’s okay,
Better a little late, than a little never

Want to crawl across this table to you
And push away the things that keep us at arm's length

It’s just you and me like always
You don’t need to break away
Days are moving forward to being one
Don’t wanna be the one that’s left undone

Better a little late, than a little never
We stumble now and lose forever
Or just whisper in my ear it’s okay,
Better a little late, than a little never

Better a little late than a little never
Better a little late than a little never

Disappear

Written By: Janine Wilson/Max Evans

I might not be what you asked for
I made you go through a different door
You think it’s better to let me go now
I’ll forget you and you’ll forget the guilt
But I’m yours anyway

Why did you keep me in the dark?
Why is it so hard to speak your heart?
Let me in and tell me what I did
To make you disappear

I was worth fighting for
But you had your own wars
Did you leave because you thought that I’d go first?
Or did you leave because you thought I’d stay
But I’m yours anyway

Why did you keep me in the dark?
Why is it so hard to speak your heart?
Let me in and tell me what I said
To make you disappear

It’s always easier not to say a word
And fly off just like a wounded bird
Never looking back at what you left behind

Why did you keep me in the dark?
Why is it so hard to speak your heart?
Let me in and tell me what I said
Why did you keep me in the dark?
Why is it so hard to speak your heart?
Let me in and tell me what I did

Discography

Discography:

Wakin' Up - Almost Blue Music
Save Me From Myself - Almost Blue Music
The Blue Album - Almost Blue Music
Viva Las Vegas - Night of 100 Elvises, Hungry For Music
Hungry For Music - A Holiday Feast Volumes II, III, IV, V, VII and VIII

Janine has also contributed harmonies or backing vocals to other studio projects, including the critically acclaimed roots rock compilation Americana Motel, a 2001 release.

Set List

A mix of upbeat roots rock original and cover repertoire (Bob Dylan, Springsteen, Patty Griffin, Steve Earle, Shelby Lynne, Storyville, and many others)