Jennifer Leonhardt | Gods & Nations

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Gods & Nations

by Jennifer Leonhardt

"Jennifer Lion-hearted sings big songs. They sneak in and swallow me up." -Jesse DeNatale, Musician
Genre: Blues: Urban Blues
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1. Patron
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2. Cradle
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3. Homeland
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4:13 $1.00
4. City Stories
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4:49 $1.00
5. Strange Fruit
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6. Average Joe
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5:21 $1.00
7. Gods & Nations
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8. U Wear It Well
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5:45 $1.00
9. Bitter Draught
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10. Here Comes Trouble
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11. Love Junkie
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The arrival of a major new talent. From the sound of the trenchant folk/blues of Gods & Nations, and the driving, impassioned emotion at the heart of "Patron", Leonhardt is a gale force to be reckoned with. Pop Culture Press

A great album. RootsCD.com (UK)

A Paste Recommends Indie Album. Paste Magazine

A stirring songwriter. Leonhardt plays blues with vivid modern lyrics and harmonies. For her latest album, she wove the influence of her family of artists and musicians and the impact of Katrina into flowing Americana ballads. Austin American-Statesman

Gods & Nations comprises a mix of acoustic and electric-textured songs, evoking folk and blues in ways that sound contemporary, relevant and, most importantly, compelling. Weaved seamlessly throughout the record is Leonhardt's voice, a striking and soulful instrument, which deftly varies in tone to suit the architecture of each song. Blogcritics

Top 20 Americana Songs of 2008: "Homeland" Tupelo Honey, KRVM

Gods & Nations is as raw and genuine as you're going to find. 1340Mag

An up-and-coming unique artist out of Austin. Austin Music Download

Jennifer is a music phenomenon who's star is rising. She's not a copy of anybody. KPAS-TV, Los Angeles

My favorite singer-songwriter out of Austin. 'Crossroads Bob' Rice, KYRS


Produced by Marc Copley and Matt Brown. Recorded in NYC at the Copleycabana and at Electrokitty and the Track Shack in Seattle. (Credits: JL- vocals, acoustic guitar, piano Marc Copely - electric, acoustic and bass guitars, vocals Matt Brown -electric, acoustic and bass guitars Keith Lowe -bass Chris Stromquist -drums Clancy -percussion Ryan Shea Smith -Hammond, piano Orville Johnson -dobro Jon Hyde -pedal steel Juliet Tondowski -vocals)


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Eric Anders

Fantastic, heart-felt album
Leonhardt's music is totally unique, and totally moving. Just listen to the clips of "Homeland" and "Gods of Nations" and I think you will be convinced too. Fantastic stuff.

Rough Draft Freeform Radio

Great songs, great singer, great soul
Great songs, great singer, great soul.

Blogcritics Magazine

Leonhardt proves herself a genuine talent
It’s a muggy summer night. Rustic, propulsive rhythms and sinuous melodies surge through the humid air, headed straight toward your unsuspecting soul. From the music comes a woman's voice, thick in its sensuality, raw in its expression. Such is the feeling you get when listening to Jennifer Leonhardt’s new album, Gods & Nations.

Impressive in its overall sound, the album comprises a mix of acoustic and electric-textured songs, evoking folk and blues in ways that sound contemporary, relevant, and most importantly, compelling. Such a mixture makes for great effect, like when the subtle yet affecting track, “Homeland,” bleeds into “City Stories,” which boils and builds toward a sonic collision. Percussion plays a vital role throughout the album, although more for purposes of accentuating rather than dictating the tempos of the tracks.

Weaved seamlessly through the album is Leonhardt’s voice, a striking and soulful instrument, which deftly varies in tone to suit the architecture of each song. On the bluesy “Love Junkie,” Leonhardt’s voice sounds gritty and bare. On the raucous “Here Comes Trouble,” it sounds like a roaring yet sultry siren.

The axis where the most stirring music meets with the most impassioned vocal is “U Wear It Well.” Possibly the finest track on the album, this song aches in an echo and sway of vulnerable tenderness.

Jennifer Leonhardt wrote all but one track on God & Nations (a riveting take on “Strange Fruit” being the lone exception). With her skill in creating and crafting quality songs, with her versatility in conveying those songs, Jennifer Leonhardt proves herself a genuine talent. Gods & Nations is the impressive result of her abilities and, based on this effort, it should merit the musician a promising future.