Jeanne Jolly

When: Wed., Nov. 7 2012

JEANNE JOLLY Singer/songwriter Jeanne Jolly crafts soulful folk-pop laced with heartfelt lyricism and a dash of Appalachian Americana. She’s a North Carolina native based in Raleigh, but this isn’t a case of the apple not falling far from the tree. Classically trained at the New England Conservatory of Music, Jolly’s been around the block, singing back-up with jazz trumpeter Chris Botti and cutting tracks in Los Angeles before returning to her Carolina roots. Once home, Jolly honed her soul chops with Foreign Exchange, a Triangle R&B/hip-hop collective led by rapper Phonte Coleman of Little Brother fame. A powerful pop-country belter in the Linda Ronstadt/Dolly Parton vein, Jolly can easily shift to the dusky lilt of Alison Krauss or the sophisticated jazz phrasing of Ricki Lee Jones. All this experience, plus influences as diverse as Nina Simone and Joni Mitchell, coalesce in Jolly’s current LP Angels. Clear-eyed and empathetic, Jolly’s songs reflect on the angels that affect our lives, leaving the definition of “angel” open to each listener. An effortlessly masterful songwriter, she’s secure enough to cover folk legend Judy Sill’s “The Kiss” with a drone-based arrangement that would make avant-garde composer La Monte Young smile.

Pat Moran

Price: $8