Jude Johnstone | On a Good Day

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On a Good Day

by Jude Johnstone

"On a Good Day" includes the songs "Hold On," on Emmylou Harris' CD "All I Intended To Be," "In This House" and "The Hereafter," which are featured in Lifetime Televison's hit series "Army Wives."
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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1. On a Good Day
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2. 20 Years
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3. Hard Lessons
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4:24 album only
4. Hold On
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4:32 album only
5. In This House
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3:36 album only
6. Old and Gray
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3:39 album only
7. Evelyn
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8. Pen and Paper
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9. Deep Water
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10. Long Way Back
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11. The Hereafter
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Intimate, honest, haunting, majestic." These are the words used to describe Jude Johnstone's critically acclaimed debut CD, Coming of Age, released in 2002. These characterizations also apply to Jude's new CD, On A Good Day. Jude Johnstone is an award-winning songwriter whose songs have been covered by a stellar list of recording artists including Johnny Cash ("Unchained"), Bonnie Raitt ("Wounded Heart"), Trisha Yearwood ("Hearts in Armor," "The Woman Before Me," "When We Were Still in Love"), Emmylou Harris (Hold On), Bette Midler, Stevie Nicks and Jennifer Warnes.

Johnstone has made her living as a songwriter for over 20 years, but the experience of recording these two projects presented a new inspirational and reflective journey for her. She describes how On A Good Day was given life:

"I was in a hotel room in Nashville listening to an old Tom Waits record and thinking what a great storyteller he is and it just prompted me to reflect on some stories from my upbringing in Maine. That day I wrote the first song for this project, called 'Evelyn.' Then all of a sudden, it was like the floodgates opened and I could see the whole album. At the same time, my family back home was still reeling from a couple of hard years where we lost my nephew and grandmother, along with the usual stresses and strains like divorce, addiction, politics and just plain fear. Things kept happening and I kept writing and when I looked up I had all the songs for On A Good Day. Perhaps the whole family connection is what made it such a labor of love this time. That, and the fact that each singer who worked with me on the project I revere, and every note they sang was inspired. And I felt it. Everyone in the room felt it. It was very powerful. There was no mistaking it."

On A Good Day showcases Johnstone's trademarks of meaningful lyrics and beautiful melodies, while transporting the listener through a diverse range of feelings. From the poignant "In This House," and the haunting "The Hereafter," to the engaging title track, the material reveals an artist who is unafraid to dive into deep emotional waters. Emmylou Harris recorded "Hold On" from this CD for her record "All I Intended To Be." This project has attracted an impressive group of guest artists including Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Rodney Crowell and Julie Miller. Their mutual respect for Jude and her music is expressed by several of the artists:

"Jude is one of the most soulful, deep singer-songwriters I know. On A Good Day is an extraordinary follow up to her brilliant first album, Coming of Age." - Bonnie Raitt

"Jude Johnstone's music brings to mind the poetic sensibilities of Laura Nyro and Jackson Browne. And if that weren't enough, the girl is blessed with the kind of charisma that flat out oozes dark mystery and Earth Goddess sensuality ala' Chrissie Hynde. High Praise? You bet! I'm a huge fan." - Rodney Crowell

Includes the song "In This House," featured in Lifetime Television's hit series "Army Wives," in episode airing in 2008 season.


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The Ellsworth American

"Immensely Powerful Music"
...Immensely powerful music. Each of the 11 songs in this collection sparkles like the different facets of the same diamond. Song after song, the listener is transported on a musical journey that plumbs a deep and wide range of emotions...an artist of the highest order.

All Music Guide

"Soulful"
On a Good Day offers soulful vocals...emotional depth...never pretentious...

PopMatters.com

"Emotionally Riveting"
...These 11 songs carry the weight of age and experience; they wrestle with topics that many will find endearing. Fans of Bonnie Raitt, Julie Miller, and others of that ilk will love Jude Johnstone. Yet the universal honesty in these songs should appeal to a much wider audience...her luminous adult-themed songs glow with a generous warmth and succint voice...On a Good Day was a discovery for me---but with talent like this, her music won't remain a secret much longer.

Charleston Daily Mail- Charleston, WV

"Heavy Stuff"
From the opening title track, there's no doubt that Jude Johnstone can write a hit. Far more than fluff, not only does she articulate complex emotions with an economy of words, but her voice is personal enough to jump octaves at will. She takes on the toughest of topics with the words of someone who's been there more than once, making the instrumentation a backdrop for Johnstone's poignant observations. This is heavy stuff.

Buffalo News

"Pure Poetry"
On a Good Day is an exceptional album that features 11 bedrock-solid songs of discovery, wisdom and heartbreak. Johnstone's song craft is pure poetry. Chilling

Irene Kelley

Jude Johnstone could be the female musical counterpart to Jackson Browne. This
Jude Johnstone could be the female musical counterpart to Jackson Browne. This cd is a beautiful piece of work from start to finish!



Truly magnificiant...such beauty within your words.

Chet Flippo

Sings intimate secrets in very wise and knowing voice
She writes psychological thrillers and sings intimate secrets. And her voice is very wise and knowing. This is mature music, for the baby boomers looking at the gray in the mirror and reflecting on paths taken and roads not driven down. The music is heavily atmospheric. Some of the songs are almost brutally honest.

Jan


This is an exceptional cd by an exceptional artist. Everything is top notch from the production to the background artists and of course, Jude's wonderful interpretation of her poetry.

Maverick Magazine

"An Amazing Album"
From the first song on this CD, I was hooked, the peaceful sorrow instilled in the album's title track is so appealing that one can't help but want to listen to more. In fact the lyrical content throughout engulfs you in such a way that you can relate to what is being sung. Jude's really got an amazing album here. A totally enjoyable listen.
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