Jenny Kerr
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Jenny Kerr

San Francisco, California, United States | INDIE

San Francisco, California, United States | INDIE
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"It has been said in this age of fewer and fewer record companies, as the big names steamroll like Imperialist machines over the landscape of the industry, that independent music is dead. Jenny Kerr is here to tell you otherwise. After years of successful live performances, this San Francisco-based singer, songwriter and musician ups the ante with her second independent release.
"Kerr is a gifted songwriter, bringing in the traditions of blues and honky tonk while retaining a singular voice that is honest and strong. Her songs are personal and universal at once, with anthemic stories told simply and well and a balance between vulnerability and ballsy sass. Though backed by a stellar band, Kerr is skilled with a variety of instruments. It is her voice, however, that marks this release a keeper. Thick and rich as delta soil, honed and powerful, Kerr's voice is an instrument itself, whether making you want to raise the rafters or cry in your beer. Who needs a major label?"

- Tamara Bunnell


Jenny writes flat-out great Americana tunes, absolutely in the same league of such great tunesmiths as Tom Russell and Nanci Griffith...This fine record is a long time in coming; hopefully the next one is on its way soon, because Jenny Kerr is a singer-songwriter who really stands out from the ranks. - Blues Review


Itch is a fine debut album by a band that combines country, blues, and rock with a dash of spicy Mexican border sounds into a tasty Americana stew that is full of meat and totally void of filler…The Jenny Kerr Band has one of the most unique sounds around… the real deal if you like unpretentious but well played roadhouse country, blues and rock. They may be from San Francisco, but the Jenny Kerr Band could pass for musical Texans any time - William Michael Smith


I can honestly say that Itch by the Jenny Kerr band is non-stop enjoyment from front to back. The multi-talented instrumentalist, Jenny Kerr, also possesses a powerful blues-drenched vocal quality that only takes a back seat to her songwriting abilities. Every song on Itch is pure pedigree; there ain't a stray dog in the pack.” - Dan Alloway


These terrific songs are given a rousing beer hall blues, and roadhouse rocking accompaniment by the band who have learned their chops in and beyond their native San Francisco. The album has such a great live feel that for a moment I imagined myself with elbow on the bar and beer in hand. Heaven! - John Lonergin


Pay attention to her…she could be soon be important. She’s got talent, a lot of talent. - Fabio Cerbone


A completely honest production with that inimitable R ‘n’B touch when the girls have a hand at it. A pillar of solid and pleasureable rock-funk-blues. - Remi Billet


Jenny Kerr’s new sophomore effort CD, New and Improved, is scorching from the get-go with honky-tonk approved twang growling vocals and saucy lyrical content…With guests such as local string wiz
Eric McFadden on mandolin, Dave Zirbel of many a San Francisco twang band and Chad Manning of the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience and Due West on fiddle, Jenny and Phil have produced a fat slice of American roots country with tongue firmly planted in cheek. Jenny Kerr, New and Improved comes equipped with the power of a Peterbilt semi in tenth gear heading over the Altamont Pass toward the City by the Bay.
- Ted Silverman


Move over and make room for The Jenny Kerr Band, cause she is going to rock your world, in a folksy kind of way, (not to scare you off). Hard driving multi-instrumentalist lays down powerful blues laced country, swamp and roadhouse rock. Rich musical blend of acoustic banjo, harmonica, fiddle and piano.
The twang of pedal steel and drums keep the tempo lively.
This is a hard working good time band that deserves to hit the tops of the charts. One can only imagine that a live performance would be electrifying. - Steve Scott


Lusty vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Jenny Kerr from San Francisco has no doubt made a habit of pleasing crowds wherever she performs. She’s got a powerful soulfulness in her special brand of Americana, ala blues-rockers Janis Joplin and Delbert McClinton. This CD runs the musical gamut from blues-drenched rockers to tasty acoustic ballads with each a stunning showcase for her mesmerizing voice. Plus, Jenny seems adept at any instrument she takes on including guitar, banjo, harmonica, piano and Dobro. Her band is a perfect fit with Phil “Philbille” Milner on guitar & vocals, Marisa Martinez on fiddle & vocals, Kenny Green on drums and Charles Gasper on bass & vocals. Standout tracks: the poignant, acoustic ballad “If I Had Wings,” the driving up-tempo “Clear A Path,” “Tijuana Waltz,” and the title track. - Martha Moore


Discography

"Wood and Steel" all acoustic, recorded while on the road in France
"Extra Strength" her best-selling full-length release of EP "Itch"
"Itch" 8-song EP, an independent release voted #1 on the Yahoo Americana chart; reached the top 20 of the Freeform American Roots chart; hit 37 on Folk Airplay Chart; and climbed to the top Americana 13 on Netherlands radio VARA.
The single "Itch" also received heavy rotation on the legendary Georges Lang's show on national French radio RTL, was played on national Radio 1 and 2 (Belgium) and received heavy airplay on SomaFM's Bootliquor Radio.
Great Highway--2000
Her music appears on several compilations including the Rochefort-en-Accords compilation out of Paris, Country News, a Swedish compilation and the Hicks with Sticks compilation, which includes Red Meat, the Mother Truckers, and the Chop Tops.

All releases are available through Okey Doke Records.

Contact:
Okey Doke Records
Ashley Winters
(415) 567-4403
ash@jennykerr.com

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San Francisco native, Oxford drop-out, and reformed expat, Jenny Kerr turned her back on the classical music of her grandmother (a renowned composer and violist) to embrace a mix of American roots styles. As a kid, Jenny used to take the bus over to the Haight-Ashbury district to see the blues and folk revival concerts of the late sixties. Attending shows by the likes of Joplin, Hendrix, and Muddy Waters eventually led her to an older roster of musical discoveries such as Mississippi John Hurt, Little Walter and Dock Boggs. It was sometime around then at the age of 11 that she started playing harmonica, delta fingerstyle guitar and clawhammer banjo. Today her music is steeped in contemporary production values, but informed by the eclecticism particular to that time, stretching the boundaries of genre and style.

Kerr has toured Europe nine times since 2002 and has become a regular favorite on the country/blues/roots circuit. She's headlined festivals in 13 countries including Germany, France, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria and Mexico. Tour highlights included a headline slot at Mirande, Europe's largest country music festival (150,000 attendance), France's most prestigious Americana festival (Craponne sur Arzon, 25,000 attendees), as well as a recent summer tour with legendary guitar player/producer Pete Anderson (Dwight Yoakum) and performances with Peter Rowan. Jenny has appeared several times at EuroDisney, including EuroDisney's first country festival with Asleep at the Wheel. She's shared top billing with legends like Charlie McCoy and Americana greats Guy Clark, Jack Ingram, and Peter Rowan.

2010 highlights:
Sonoma County Fair (170,000)
FogFest, Pacifica (30,000)
Stanford Summer Concert series
Healdsburg Tuesday Night Music Series
Cafe du Nord
Yoshi's
Camel Races, Virginia City, NV
Red Devil Lounge (Twang Nation 1st Americana Night)

2009 highlights:
Zihuatanejo Guitar Festival, Mexico (fourth appearance)
Life is Good Festival, Golden Gate Park
54th Annual Good Old Days Festival, Pacific Grove
Stanford Summer Concert series
Wine, Women and Song Breast Cancer Benefit
Bread and Roses Benefit
Cole Valley Fair
Yoshi's
Cafe du Nord

2008 highlights:
Kerrville Folk Festival with Caroline Aiken
Antone's, Austin, TX
Momo's, Austin, TX (2 shows)
Lakewood Cafe, Dallas
Fred's Texas Cafe, Fort Worth
House Concert, Paul Barker, Austin, TX
Far West Folk Alliance Formal Showcase with special guest Freebo on bass, Phoenix, AZ
Del Mar County Fair, San Diego Coors Light Rock-On Stage (record attendance for the day with 58,000 visitors)
Point Reyes Western Weekend, California
House concert with Eric Taylor, Davis, CA
Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival, Mexico (third appearance)

2007 highlights:
Mettmann Blues Festival, Germany (third appearance)
Labadoux Folk Festival 20-year Anniversary, Belgium
Culture Cafe Eschweiler, Germany
Crossroads Cafe, Antwerp, Belgium (eighth show)
San Francisco Free Folk Festival (2nd appearance)
Coastal Arts League Benefit, CA

2006 highlights:
European tour with Pete Anderson (Dwight Yoakum)
Muret Country Festival, France
Country and Trucker Festival, Switzerland (largest festival in Switzerland)
Grunder Inseli Festival, Switzerland
Country Festival, Draguignan, France
Country and Blues Festival, Austria
Gourdon Country Festival, France
Country Festival, Auvelais, Belgium (fourth appearance)
Junas Country Rock Festival, France
Festival Rochefort en Accords, France
Mojo Blues Club, Copenhagen Denmark
Blues Festival Frederikshavn, Denmark
Kwadendame Blues Festival, Netherlands
(see www.jennykerr.com for more details)

2005 highlights
Patersdreef Festival, Belgium
Spirit of 66, Verviers, Belgium
Musique sur la Ville Festival, France
RealCroche Festival, France
Barvaux City, Belgium
Western Experience Festival, Netherlands
Country Music Festival, Auvelais, Belgium
Somerfestival, Soest, Germany
Country & western Day, 'Puyenbroeck', Belgium
Montbrison, France
Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival, Mexico
SF State Concert, San Francisco, CA
Golden Nugget Rib-Cook Off, Reno, NV
Passport Weekend, Stevenot Winery, CA
Great Basin Brewery, Reno, NV
Hot August Nights, Reno, NV
Fremont Arts Festival, Fremont, CA