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Watch Jenny Johnson Band's 2017 performance on NPR's live taping of the nationally syndicated broadcast of Planetary Radio with Host Mat Kaplan  

 

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Jenny Johnson Band's original song, "Solar Eclipse", is featured in a soon-to-be released documentary, In the Shadow, a film by H.D. Motyl  (of Netflix's Cowboy Christmas) and Mark Stoffel. See the trailer here.  You can buy the song and album by clicking here.  Check us out on Spotify. 

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Ballads of Makanda: A Modern Folklore

Jenny Johnson

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Jenny's MFA Thesis Album tells the stories of the ecologically and culturally rich village of Makanda, located in rural Southern Illinois. This album debuted on an overflowing Makanda boardwalk with all the electric excitement of a community re-energized to hear their stories.

As more young people leave rural areas for economic opportunity, people still remain within these regions living vibrant lives. These subcultures exist with stories inextricably linked to their environment and relationships to each other. Rural womanhood, economic labor shifts, dry town laws, natural disasters, and the impending solar eclipse phenomenon are just a few of the stories passed on through this shoe shuffling Americana album. Crossing over several genres, this album hosts a diverse and plentiful amount of musicians.

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  1. 1 Solar Eclipse 05:45
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  2. 2 The Big One 03:29
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  3. 3 Dry Town 02:59
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  4. 4 Lipe Orchards 03:35
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  5. 5 Courting in the Valley 04:04
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  6. 6 Giant City 03:00
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These Are My Neighbors

Jenny Johnson Band

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Jenny Johnson Band's first full length album, "These Are My Neighbors"! All songs written by Jenny Johnson except Nashville Man which was written by Jenny Johnson and Janis Esch. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Alex Kirt. Photography by Jen Haselhorst

Jenny Johnson - Voclas/Guitar Janis Esch - Vocals/Guitar Tobias Merriman - Fiddle/Vocals Alex Pape - Acoordion Nate Graham - Upright Bass Kyle Triplett - Mandolin on Nashville Man

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  1. 1 Good Love is Hard to Find 04:16
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  2. 2 Meet My Baby Tonight 04:29
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  3. 3 Don't You Weep 03:56
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  4. 4 Heartbreak in New Orleans 03:31
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  5. 5 Crawlspace 02:58
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  6. 6 Nashville Man 02:43
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  7. 7 I'll Be Alright 03:10
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  8. 8 Leave It Untold 03:46
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  9. 9 County Line 02:59
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  10. 10 Are You Lost 03:44
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  11. 11 Sunday Morning 04:56
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  12. 12 Bluebird 03:31
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  13. 13 Goodnight Sweetheart 03:29
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Live Shows

Sep2

Summer Sundown Music Festival

Larson's Landing, 8724 E Marine Rd, Effingham, IL

Summer Sundown is a celebration of our Central/Southern Illinois music scene, with two days of music from bands haling from Champaign to Carbondale and everywhere in between...along with two AMAZING headliners from Memphis and Nashville.

Summer Sundown would like to welcome: Southern Avenue - Memphis, TN Steve Poltz - Nashville, TN Matt Poss Band - Effingham, IL Jenny Johnson Band - Carbondale, IL Bones Jugs - Urbana, IL John Spicer and The Fightin' Side - Patoka, IL The Surviving Members - Effingham, IL Fiona Kimble - Champaign, IL Bill Poss and the Useful Tools - Effingham, IL Local Honey - Effingham, IL Todd Hazelrigg Music - Charleston, IL Mountain King - Cisne, IL Tim Crosby & the Lightning Strikes - Carbondale, IL Taylor Steele & The Love Preachers - Efffingham, IL Bathtub Hooch Band - Effingham, IL The Greyhounds - Effingham, IL Elastic Waist Band - Greenville, IL ...and more to come!

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