Barbara Jean

Barbara Jean Cover
01. Wishing Well (4:42)
02. Siren Song (4:24)
03. What’s Right (3:09)
04. Small Town (4:13)
05. The City (3:42)
06. Long Walk Back (4:03)
07. The Ticket (4:12)
08. Stone City Waltz (3:07)
09. What For (4:08)
10. Blackest Crow (4:34)

Recommended Tracks: 1, 2, 4, 5, 9

Barbara Jean: vocals, banjo, fiddle, viola
Erik Koskinen: Electric guitar, vocals
David Huckfelt: Acoustic guitar, vocals
James Buckley: Bass
Jeremy Hanson: Drums
Alex Ramsey: Keys
Joe Savage: Pedal steel
Additional Vocals: Mason Jennings, Chastity Brown, Mike Lewis & Frankie Lee

About this Release:
In Darker Than Blue, the stunning follow up to her widely acclaimed debut release The Great Escape, Barbara Jean takes us through a month of midnights, heartache and redemption, to a honky-tonk in the woods with a voice as clear as Lake Superior. Due out in November 2014, the album features nine original compositions and a stellar arrangement of an eerie traditional American folk ballad “Blackest Crow”. Playing banjo, viola, and fiddle Barbara Jean is backed by a talented band of musicians: Erik Koskinen on electric guitar (Dead Man Winter, Randy Weeks, Erik Koskinen Band) David Huckfelt on acoustic guitar (The Pines), Jeremy Hanson on drums (Haley Bonar, Tapes n Tapes, BBGUN), & James Buckley on bass (The Pines) with special guest appearances by Mason Jennings, Chastity Brown, Alex Ramsey on keys (The Pines), Mike Lewis (Bon Iver), Joe Savage on pedal steel (MPR’s Wits, Prairie Home Companion) and Frankie Lee. Produced by Erik Koskinen at RealPhonic Studio in Minneapolis with additional recording and mastering by Fred Baker at Electric Peak Studio in Gardiner, Montana, Darker Than Blue is at once rocking and thoroughly haunting.


-Big Top Chautauqua Songwriting Champion
-Honorable Mention Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest
-Performance on NPR’s Mountain Stage Radio Program


“Minnesota’s answer to Emmylou Harris.”
Jon Bream, Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Barbara Jean has a subtle, seductive voice, she writes understated songs with a bit of north woods mystery in them and she totally charms an audience. Do not overlook her.” Larry Groce, Host of NPR’s Mountain Stage

“When listening I hear the sound of middle America; the kind that runs from deep in Texas over to the Mississippi River, and up through the plains to the flat
lands of Iowa and the icy cold snow and winters of Minnesota.”
Easy Ed, No Depression

“Packed with a radiant story and haunting voice, The Great Escape perfectly balances the heartbreak in her voice with the resonance of her band.”
Youa Vang, City Pages Gimme Noise

Barbara Jean grew up immersed in a world of music and sound, honing her early gift for the violin and a musical legacy passed from grandmother to mother to daughter, into a sharp eye for songwriting and a skilled hand as a multi-instrumentalist. Calling the rugged grandeur of Lake Superior’s North Shore home for the better part of the last decade, she has developed her craft through constant live performance sharing bills with notable acts such as Trampled By Turtles, Leon Russell, Kathy Mattea, Low, Junior Brown, Ben Nichols (Lucero), Jonathan Edwards, Martha Scanlan, The Pines, Amanda Shires, Meg Hutchinson, Eilen Jewell and more.

Barbara Jean – Current in studio performance – Recording at @thecurrent studio for Radio Heartland.