A native of the Missouri Ozarks, singer-songwriter Jodee Lewis was raised on folk songs and honky-tonk, and her music reflects the best of both worlds. Lewis trained in classical piano and began playing guitar and writing music after moving to Chicago in 1999 with her husband, Chad.
Growing up in a small town, Lewis sang in her church gospel choir and with her grandfather’s country band, eventually attending Washington University in St. Louis to study Chemical Engineering. After a career with companies such as Monsanto and Clorox, Lewis decided to focus on music and raising her three children.
She explores the themes of loss, heartache, and ultimately, finding hope and beauty during moments of challenge. Considered a true storyteller, Lewis uses music to connect with listeners through shared emotion and honesty.
Whiskey Halo is Lewis’ first solo album, and she currently lives with her family in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago.
Nashville’s already laid claim to the phrase, but if there’s any other place in America that could be called “Music City, USA,” it’s Chicago. The city’s long had a renowned jazz and blues scene that spawned a number of legends, and, for many years, it was the home of country music radio program – and precursor to the Grand Ole Opry – The National Barn Dance on WLS.
Chicago-based band Jonas Friddle & The Majority, who met one another through Windy City institution The Old Town School of Folk Music, take full advantage of their city’s rich and diverse musical scene on their third album, Use Your Voice. The seven-member group plays what they’ve come to describe as “orchestral folk,” along the lines of Joy Kills Sorrow or Lake Street Dive, incorporating trumpet, trombone, drums, and keyboard alongside traditional acoustic instruments. The result is an irresistible, “Uncle Dave Macon meets Duke Ellington” sound on songs like “Old Mother Logo,” on which Friddle’s clawhammer banjo weaves through jaunty horns, and “Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy,” where Bailey Doyle, the group’s cello player, delivers a brassy, bluesy vocal turn.