This is the first of our 2019 After Hours In Store and VR is proud to start the year off with Chicagoan Jodee Lewis.
A native of the Missouri Ozarks, Jodee Lewis was raised on folk songs and honky-tonk, and her music reflects the best of both worlds. The Chicago Tribune says she is “a singer-songwriter whose outsized talent is as big as her voice,” and calls her first album, Whiskey Halo, an “impressive solo debut”. Her single from the album, In The End, was chosen as the first place winner in the 16th annual Great American Songwriting Contest. Additionally, in the 14th annual Independent Music Awards (IMAs), Whiskey Halo was chosen as country album of the year, and the single, From A Bottle, took top honors as country song of the year. From A Bottle also took runner-up in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) in the country category.
Jodee now calls Chicago home. Her granddad, himself a guitarist in a band, played his part by introducing her to the artists he loved, such as Earl Scruggs and Lefty Frizzell and Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings and EmmyLou Harris were fixtures on the radio. These country, honky-tonk and Americana roots still shine through in her own music.
Jodee has played throughout the Midwest including Knuckleheads in Kansas City, The Broadway in St Louis and City Winery in Chicago. We're pleased to bring her to Overland Park for a Friday evening concert. Admisson is $15 and wine and DogFish beer will be available.
Recently, Lewis has dug ever deeper, incorporating influences like Ray Price and Merle Haggard into her sound. It’s all there on Buzzard’s Bluff, her second album, and the follow-up to her debut, Whiskey Halo. Named after a real bluff near where she grew up, Buzzard’s Bluff is a fitting landscape for Lewis’ songs of searching self-reflection. By looking back on a childhood where minding your own business was prized above all else she hopes to navigate the difficulties of being an adult, wife and parent. Returning to this place has also meant dealing with the tragic loss of her second child, Luke, which has had a very significant effect on her life and music.