She’s broad and striking at times, but she also can sing with a nostalgic, almost hill-country lilt.”

— Southeast Missourian

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"The Friendliest Band in the Midwest"

The Jenny Johnson Band crafted their Midwestern Roots sound on boardwalks, around kitchen tables, and in between jobs within the Southern Illinois hills. The group’s friendly and good-natured approach with audiences and each other can be felt on and off the stage. With three albums recorded and hundreds of shows played throughout the Heartland, Jenny writes music that reminds us that there are heroes in our neighborhood with stories worth telling. These songs allow her uniquely powerful and authentic vocal style pour through to envelop audiences. The group shuffles out acoustic Americana tunes for the dancing crowd, lounges and lurks in the minor key swing, or slows down long enough to break your sweet heart. 


Jenny has created a style all her own through an amalgam of bluegrass, soul, ragtime, jazz and folk music. Most recently she's performed live for NPR's nationally syndicated show "Planetary Radio". In addition to her live performances, her music was recently used as the theme and soundtrack for the award winning documentary "In the Shadow. "

In 2014 she released her debut solo album, Torch Ditties, recorded entirely at the Old Feed Store to include additional live tracks. The band filmed the pilot episode for PBS series entitled, Little Egypt Live, aired in the summer of 2015. Jenny has played festivals and concerts featuring headliners Jason Isbell, Joan Jett, Marshall Tucker Band, Marshall Crenshaw, Cedric Burnside, Joseph Huber, Chucky Waggs, Chicago Farmer, Town Mountain, The Woodbox Gang and is featured on the Woodbox album, Glorious Scars and the Rural Kings album, Level Best. 

...seeing Johnson live is like being at a dinner party with friends. The harmonies and the instrumentation bring the listeners in, making them part of the community Johnson holds so dear. That live experience completes the whole of Johnson’s music.”

— Southern Illinoisan

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