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SATURDAY JUNE 23: We're doing something bold and terrifying!!! Jenny's written a set of new songs that the band will be arranging on stage live in front of the audience. This is a one night only - probably never going to happen again-omg what did get ourselves into - event. Another amazing poster by Nate Graham. Varsity Theater in Carbondale, IL. June 23rd. 7:30pm. Tickets 10 pre-sale /12 day of. 5 for students. Buy your tickets  here.  

 

 

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

 

On the big screen...

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. 

Download the new album now!

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

Previous events

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!

Jenny Johnson Band at the Varsity Theater

The Varsity Theater, 418 South Illinois Avenue, Carbondale, IL 62901

7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 23, 2018 Doors and Bar Open at 7 pm $10 advance, $12 or $5 (students) night of show

Every show the Jenny Johnson Band does, they come rehearsed, arranged and as polished as possible. That won’t be the case when they come to The Varsity on June 23.

Jenny has written a set of new songs to be presented for the first time. The band, along with musical friends from the community, will be joining Jenny’s band as they work out these songs for the first time all together on stage.

This is a one-of-a-kind, intimate night where the process is shared with the audience. They don’t know who’s going to solo, how the songs are going to sound, or if the songs are any good. Some of the songs won’t even be finished by the time the show rolls around, but those will be performed, too, including some you might never hear again.

The performance at The Varsity will be in the Balcony space, which features state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems.

The show begins at 7:30 Saturday, June 23. Advance tickets are $10 at www.thevarsitycenter.eventbrite.com only. Tickets at the door on the night of the show are $12 or $5 for students.

Doors and The Varsity Bar open at 7 p.m. The bar features wine, beer, select cocktails, spiked coffee drinks, soda and snacks.

7th Annual Blue Christmas

The Varsity Center, 418 South Illinois Avenue, Carbondale, IL

For the last six years, Ivas John's "Blue Christmas" concert has been a hallmark of the holiday season in Southern Illinois. Drawing from the region's best and brightest musical acts, the show has been featured on WSIU TV for the last three years running. The extraordinary lineup this year will include The Swamp Tigers, Wil Maring & Robert Bowlin, The Jenny Johnson Band, The Gordons, Shadi Frick, Robbie Stokes, The Free Range Chicks, and more! Tickets are available at The Life Community Center (618-549-4222), and Plaza Records. We look forward to making this the BLUEST Christmas you've ever had!!!!

Jenny Johnson on Planetary Radio with Mat Kaplan

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Shryock Auditorium, 1050 South Normal Ave., Carbondale, IL

Join Planetary Radio host MAT KAPLAN for two interactive panel discussions and audience Q&A sessions covering a wide range of eclipse related topics - from eclipse basics and what to expect, to amateur astronomy, astrophotography, and more!

The event will be live-streamed online at wsiu.org/eclipse and planetary.org. The event is FREE and open to the public (but tickets are required). Reserve space now through the SIU Ticket Office by phone at (618) 453-2000, online at SIUSALUKIS.COM, or in person at the SIU Arena Ticket Office.

SPECIAL GUESTS | Jenny Johnson Local musician Jenny Johnson, of Jenny Johnson Band, will perform music from her catalog, including an original song inspired by the solar eclipse.

PARKING | This exciting event will draw visitors from all over the country! We encourage guests to arrival early and explore our beautiful campus. Public parking is available for visitors both on campus and at select municipal lots nearby. Learn more about parking options: http://www.carbondaleeclipse.com/get-around/

Learn more about the event at http://www.wsiu.org/planetaryradiolive.

May28

Jenny Johnson Band Private Event