Whimsical Melodic Folk
“Minnesota’s answer to Emmylou Harris.” Jon Bream, Minneapolis/St. Paul Star Tribune
Inheriting a musical legacy passed from grandmother to mother to daughter, Barbara Jean honed an early gift for violin into sharp songwriting and skill as a multi-instrumentalist playing banjo, fiddle and viola. Calling Minnesota’s North Shore home, Barbara Jean crafted her debut record, The Great Escape, which brings together rich imagery from Lake Superior’s rugged banks, reflections on matters of the heart, and masterful musicianship. Her songwriting has been recognized by the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest and the Big Top Chautauqua earning a spot on the Mountain Stage radio show. She has shared bills with Trampled By Turtles, Leon Russell, Ben Nichols (Lucero), The Pines, Low, Eilen Jewell, Martha Scanlan and more. Performing solo, as a duo, or with her full-band, Barbara Jean brings grace and comfort to the stage.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“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
“Beautiful and honest, The Great Escape is a rare collection of songs blooming with vulnerability and longing… a debut sparkling with understated Americana brilliance.” David Huckfelt of The Pines