Jess Yoakum

Jess Yoakum

 Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
BandFolkAcoustic

The right mix of soulful lullaby and coy rock... sure to bring on daydreams. "If Patty Griffin joined forces with The Sundays, the sound would be a unique style to what Jess Yoakum puts forth." (www.coffeehousetour.com)

Biography

At the end of 2008, in the midst of an intense economic recession, Jess Yoakum made the risky decision to leave her day job and pursue her musical calling as a songwriter and performer. She set out from her hometown of Boston, MA on a 2-month long national house concert and coffeehouse tour. Traveling by Greyhound bus, Yoakum found herself in places off the traditional tour routes, including the homes of friends and family throughout the country.

Yoakum's style, described as "Patty Griffin joined forces with the Sundays" (Coffehouse Tour, Heather Corcoran) is well suited to intimate venues and listening rooms. IMG Music Promotions says, "Yoakum's vocals transcend genre while pulling the listener in with uncommon tones and flavors. Lyrically refreshing, she hooks the listener with thoughts and ideas not often found in today's mainstream music..."

While on tour, Yoakum was so compelled by the talent and warmth of the Chicago music scene, that she left Boston a few months after returning from tour and has now settled there. She recorded This Quiet Mile in her new home with engineer and producer, Christopher Greene at Truself Music. Contemplative and lyric-driven, the album is a reflection on life, love, and growing through where we are to arrive where we're meant to be.

Lyrics

This Quiet Mile

Written By: Jess Yoakum

This Quiet Mile

You are my spring. You are the seeds I’ve sown. You are my best intention. You’re what I know. You’re where I grow.

It’s not to say this is all said and done.
And, this is not where we thought we’d go.
But, the path we’re on takes us home.

You are my summer. You’re adventures and endless skies. You’re dancing alone in my bedroom. You’re a playful child by the riverside.

It’s not to say this is all said and done.
And, this is not where we thought we’d go.
But, the path we’re on takes us…

Winding, falling through the shades of our uncertainty. Our insecurities are swirling in the falling crimson leaves. You’re approaching, I can hear you, and I’m leaving.

You are my winter. You’re the road I’m traveling down. And, as I walk this quiet mile, you’re where I’m found. You’re my ground.

It’s not to say this is all said and done.
And, this is not where we thought we’d go.
But, the path we’re on takes us home.

Unrequited

Written By: Jess Yoakum

Unrequited

Safe in the distance of the years, you caught me saying I don’t know you. And after all this time, how dare I?

Hanging on my every word, you said you’d learned me, you’d felt things you’d never felt before. You know I didn’t love you - not like you did.

You wonder how I could be so frivolous with my words.
Running as I do, a gypsy girl.

You were my firefly, a tiny light in my life. When the sun came up it washed you clean. Never felt the same – in the day light

You say I don’t even know why people love me. No, I guess I couldn’t say. Dancing in my magnolias, you heard every word and I just walked away.

Safe in the distance of the years, you caught me saying I don’t know you

Discography

This Quiet Mile - released 9/2010
Jess Yoakum - self-titled released 4/2005

Radio Play on stations including:
Chicago, IL: Chicago Acoustic Underground (internet)
Chicago, IL: Fearless Radio (internet)
Boston, MA - 88.9FM WERS Coffeehouse
Northampton, MA - 103.3 FM: Valley Free Radio
Amherst, MA - 91.1 FM: WMUA
Portsmouth, NH - 106.1FM:WSCA
Portland, ME - 90.9 & 104.1FM: WMPG
Sarasota, FL - 96.5FM: WSLR
Cincinnati, OH - 88.3FM: Every Womon
Portland, OR - 90.7FM: Radioio Acoustic
NTG Radio - all women all day
Dallas, TX: Nette Radio
Boston, MA: Boston Beats Radio
Neon Productions Radio: The Songwriters Network
Brooklyn, NY: Radio Crystal Blue

Set List

Typical sets are 45 minute-1 hour.

Recent set lists have included:
Triangles
Texas
Hold Me In
Hiding Out
Breathe Child
Find Our Way
Chicago Song
Towards The Sun
The Leaving Song
No Place Like Home
Bubbles
Emily's Song
Escape Route

Covers including:
Dixie Chicks: Not Ready to Make Nice
Brandi Carlile: Terpentine
Patty Griffin: Moses, When it Don't Come Easy, Poor Man's House
Indigo Girls: Romeo and Juliet, Nashville
Emmy Lou Harris: Orphan Girl
Suzanne Vega: Gypsy
Shawn Colvin: The Story