Jen Korte & The Loss

Jen Korte & The Loss

 Denver, Colorado, USA
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

"Much has been written about Jen Korte's voice, and rightfully so. Both painfully intimate and bombastically universal, the Denver musician commands every audience with her impressive pipes and acoustic guitar.." Gene Davis, Denver Daily News

Biography

Jen Korte blew into Denver from  the Austin, TX area in 2005.  She came guided by the momentum of Americana and Caribbean rhythms, a prowess for distinctively intricate guitar lines, and the grit and power of a Western storm in her voice. Since forming her Denver based band, The Loss, Korte has been mesmerizing audiences at festivals and concerts across Colorado for almost a decade. The band features "golden throated" Jessica DeNicola whose unassuming, fluid harmonies are in perfect contrast to Korte's uniquely sultry voice and confident rhythmic guitar.  Korte and DeNicola are also joined by electrifying violinist, Julie Beistline, and an impeccably steady and intricate rhythm section, bassist and drummer duo Andy Bercaw (White Fudge, Dirty Femmes, The Samples, Ragin Cajun Doug Kershaw and Brent Loveday) and Neil Mitchell (Champagne Charlie, The Dendrites, The Dirty Femmes and formerly Raven and The Writing Desk). 
Together, The Loss fuses a spellbinding swell of masterfully crafted medleys with persistent rhythmic pulses reflective of Korte's Texan/Puerto Rican heritage.  Their most recent Ep, Everything Red, was released to a sold out audience at Red Rocks on August 26th, 2015.
In addition to the Loss, Korte collaborates with several other genres of music and musicians in Denver. Her remarkably evocative voice,commanding stage presence,and fierce guitar playing make her invariably versatile. She has been a featured artist for The Vox Squad opening for the legendary Bernie Worrell as well as making history as being the first to perform at the newly renovated Union Station as a part of Billie Holidays Centennial Celebration.  She is also the frontwoman for her award winning tribute band The Dirty Femmes: A Celebration of the Violent Femmes. Lead singer and founding member for the Violent Femmes, Gordon Gano, has been seen joining The Dirty Femmes as a fiddle player and Korte's vocal duo partner on a few well  known tracks. He has been seen with them in Denver and traveled as far as the US Virgin Islands for 2 exclusive shows with them in 2014. In
2013, The Dirty Femmes were awarded Best Tribute Band by the Denver Westword and were nominated to receive the award again this year.  


Lyrics

Shoreline

Written By: Jen Korte

Does the shoreline still run out to meet the sea?
With fingers outstretched like lovers in a movie scene?
Does the wind still hold the birds better than the trees?
With strong cupped hands in breezy subtlety .. .
We are the cohersion of the wave when it meets the sand
We are the concept created by a pounding hammer in dirty hands
I feel when I see out adjacent sunset,
everything can be worth the risk, yeah if you believe in the bet.
Relevancy is no longer prevalent when referring to the time.
Its just chronologically passing to validate the 'why'
I feel that I can map you out through thumb tacks across my stars.
And draw a line with pencil precision from where I am am to who you are.
Could you bring some sort of sense of me, through those strong hands that guide the birds?
Release my sense of urgency through our flight patterns and these words?
Cause I've been drinking lately
I've been drinking lately
I've been drinking lately
I've been drinking lately
I've been drinking too much of you lately, I'm tired of crying myself to sleep
I've been drinking too much of you lately, I'm tired of playing you out on these strings
I've been drinking too much of you lately, I'm tired of crying myself to sleep
I've been drinking too much of you lately . .. I'm tired.

Street Lights and Bar Fights

Written By: Jen korte

Street lights and bar fights are findin the night life are you?
We play with fire flies and burned out the white lies, it’s true.
I can’t drink this shit anymore.
I lie face up, palms out on the floor.
I need to stand down
Stand proud
With my chin up
And hands down
I need to rest away
Rest away
Rest away.

And I can’t take this shit anymore.
I lie face down, breath beating the floor.
I need to stand down
Stand proud
With my chin up
And my hands down.
I need to rest away
Rest away
Rest Away
Im’ gonna hide my face . . .in the clouds.

Fleeting

Written By: Jen Korte

I took you out
I dressed you up
You kissed my mouth
You fucked me up
We danced all night
With smoke-filled chests
Stop light kisses to morning breath
Oh you leave me thinkin
You leave me thinkin
Oh you leave me thinkin
You leave me thinkin
OH you leave me thinkin
You leave me thinkin .. . . .one thing:
Why do you have to go away?
This ain’t no fleeting love, baby.
Fleeting love, Baby.
Fleeting, love, Baby.
Fleeting love.

5am (refrain)

Written By: Jen Korte

Theres no more 5 in the morning heavy-handed kissing in the rain
You’ve got my blue eyes cryin out with shame
I’ve got your blue eyes screaming and cursing my name
And there’s a whole lot of feelings we need to learn to refrain
I need to learn to refrain from 12345 on my phone
I need to learn to refrain from hush of the dial tone, shoosh now baby, hush now baby, are you alone?
I need to learn to just beat your number out on this guitar
I am hammerin strings sending my love songs to wherever you are
I’m just hammering hammering my strings
Strings
Strings
I’d like to thank you for inspiration on this sleepless night
I’d like to thank you for hesitation when you said goodbye, you said goodbye, you held your breath tight
I’d like to thank you for validation of my writing of this silly song
Its my minds occupation not to pick up my phone
Theres no more 5 in the morning heavy-handed kissing in the rain
You’ve got my blue eyes cryin out with shame
I’ve got your blue eyes screaming and cursing my name
And there’s just
There’s just too many feelings and I think
I think it’s due to the fact that we
Oh I think it’s due to the fact that we
Oh I think, I think it’s due to the fact that we:
It’s due to the fact, due to the fact, due to the fact that we
It’s due to the fact, due to the fact, due to the fact that we
Yeah It’s due to the fact, due to the fact, due to the fact that we . . . Refrain.

Trouble

Written By: Jen korte

Don't burn your cold eyes
Don't burn your cold eyes in me.
You can just close em tight, and get some sleep

Don't waste your cold words
Don't waste your cold words on me
You can lay your troubles down right here next to me

You put your hands up
I shut my mouth
Take a step back and try to walk it out
You put your hands up
I shut my mouth
Take a step back and try to walk it out

Cause I don't no trouble. I dont want no trouble. No trouble!!

Boots

Written By: Jen Korte

My boots are heavy, thinkin bout me leavin
My mind wants me to stay behind
I am trying not to leave this city,
Im pullin my boots on and gonna walk on down the line

Cause you don't love me like you used to
You don't love me anymore
You don't love me like you used to,
Thats why im pullin my boots on, gonna walk on out the door

Just give me something to remember you by
Besides whiskey breath and cocaine eyes
Give me something, oooh you make it nice and pretty,
You ain't nothin but dirty in my mind
You ain't nothing but dirty in my mind

Cause I don't love you like I used to,
I don't love you anymore
I don't love you like I used to
Thats why Im pullin my boots on, gonna walk on out the door
Thats why 'm pullin my boots on. Im gonna Tip-toe out. the. door.

Everything Red

Written By: Jen Korte

Where is the water to put out the flame?
This town is burning down, this town in burning down
Can't even pick up a pen to write my own name, my art is burning out.
My art is burning out

I found you in my head. I'd rather you be in my bed.
We could touch together everything red.
See what comes of it if its unsaid.

Leave me a message, you've got nothing to say.
It doesn't matter, I hit save anyway.
Because I want to find you. I want to know you.

I need your restless hands to hold me still.
Cause my restlessness is endless but so is my will.
So are the days when you're stuck in my head.
And everything is burning and everything is red.

Discography

Everything Red Ep - Released August 26th, 2015

"The Red Rocks show, as it turned out, served as the album release for her gritty, ethereal Americana EP, and she handed out 2,500 copies of the disc the night it debuted. Through an underlying tinge of spaghetti western-styled soundtracks, tracked live, but without an audience at Denver’s Oriental Theatre, Korte and singing partner Jess DeNicola hold court over the rhythm section of bassist Andy Bercaw and drummer Neil Mitchell. And, just like Korte, the songs are raw, punchy, a little short, and awfully pretty."

Track listing- 

1.These Fighting Notions

2.Everything Red

3.Hard Luck/ Heavy Hearts

4.Hope Comes At The End

Jen Korte & The Loss - self titled debut released Sept. 18th, 2009

"Jen Korte's debut album release Jen Korte and The Loss
( September 2009) was rated one of the top albums of 2009 by the Denver Westword and has been met with overwhelming praise across the board. "Korte’s weathered, world-weary voice (reminiscent of Rachael Yamagata and Lucinda Williams), harmonies from Jessica DeNicola, and the band’s evocative use of instrumentation create a late-night, listen-by-yourself album that does not neatly fit into any genre. As Korte describes it, “a little bit of make-out music, a little bit of crying music, and a little bit of rock.” - John Solomon , Denver Westword

"Throughout her debut, particularly on cuts like “Fleeting Love,” Jen Korte’s voice drips with seduction, longing, saddness and regret. With admirable depth, she also displays unyielding resolve in the face of her inherent vulnerabilities. A talented cast of players, add welcomed texture to Korte’s otherwise sparse compositions, making her first outting one to remember.” – Denver Westwords Best albums of 2009

Track Listing:

1. Its A Little Hard, Dear

2. Street Lights and Bar Fights

3. 1

4. Fleeting

5. If I..

6. Walkin On

7. 5am

8. Shoreline

9. Berlin Wall

10. Pull The Plug

11. Selfish

12. Pillows




Set List

Apparition
Be This Way
16
Anecdote
Whiskey and Woe
Its a Little Hard, Dear
Street lights and Bar Fights
Shoreline
Fleeting
5am
New Blues
Down Down
Undone
Shade of Blue
Live to Let You Down
Everything Red
These Fighting Notions
Hope Comes at The End
Hard Luck/Heavy Hearts
I Love You
Boots
Trouble

Covers can be added for a total of 3-4 hour set. Covers are mostly classic rock,some hip hop, and 90s rock.