Juanita Family and Friends
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Juanita Family and Friends


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"Portland Mercury"

"Juanita Family's country is rooted in the deep melancholy of Hank #1, and Lana's Voice is so scraggy-warm and lilting you might faint or spill a tear into your Pabst." - Julianne Sheppard

"Portland Mercury"

"The Juanita Family's debut release is homey and comfortable like an old porch couch with plenty of visceral memories built in from broken hearts to spilled beer. " - Lance Chess

"Independent (Raleigh, NC), March 2005 "

“The Juanita Family is a crying-eyes heartbreak outfit, channeling George Jones hurt and Loretta Lynn magnetism through the pure eloquence of frontwoman Lana Rebel.”
- --Grayson Currin

"3rd Coast Music, May 2005"

“Rebel’s vocals are smooth and languorous, the minimalist backing warm and gentle…This is one of those albums that starts off sounding pretty good and then just gets more impressive every time you play it.”—John Conquest - —John Conquest

"Bellingham Weekly, December 2004 "

“With her warm, melancholy voice and easy stage demeanor, her performances are seemingly effortless, making every stage the Juanitas grace feel more like a casual pickin’ party…”
- -Carey Ross


12-song self-titled CD
Family Plan Records

"I told a lie to my heart"
Track on "Charm" soundtrack for the original motion picture
5 Rue Chritsine

"His cold heart"
Track on "Omnibus" compilation
Wantage USA Records


Feeling a bit camera shy


Juanita Family was formed by Lana Rebel (from the noise-rock band Last of the Juanitas) as an outlet for the all the country songs she kept writing on the side. Her sad, sweet vocals and simple guitar lines encouraged the makeup of a separate band. No better choices for backup than some of her oldest friends, including Johnny from Last of the Juanitas (on drums), and Ben Wildenhaus of Federation X (on lap slide and piano). Dylan Reilly (bass) and James Curley (mandolin) are friends all the way back from Arizona. The combo is a great mix of friends, who lives to play, and the live shows are always a good time.
In a completely DIY fashion, Lana and Dylan worked hard and saved money to put out the self-titled CD released in September of 2004. After touring and playing in rock venues, roadhouses, parties, crawfish boils, festivals, rodeos, radio stations, and street corners across the country, they are proud to report having nearly sold out of the 1000 pressing in the first year, with little help from national distributors.
The CD has received positive response from radio stations across the globe, including BBC Radio 1, which has invited the Juanita Family to record a Peel session in 2006. Regionally, it continues to get airplay, and was chosen as best Northwest Country by KBCS Seattle’s Christine Linde.