Wail Away

The Wailin’ Jennys: Site | MySpace | Label (Red House)

Sometimes I have to roam the Interwebs far and wide to find good music, and sometimes, it just falls in my lap. Yesterday I was just checking out my livejournal and I read a post in all-caps from Jesemie’s Evil Twin. She’s trying to tell us something, folks! It’s a music emergency!

Well, she was right. It’s the Wailin’ Jennys, and Canada once again can do no wrong (musically. They still have to account for poutine). These three lovely ladies from Winnipeg have captured that classic sound of old-time country. This group is for fans of Gillian Welch, O Brother Where Art Thou, and the way the Dixie Chicks used to be, back before they got politics in their soul. AND, between the three of them, they play mandolin, bodhran, harmonica, banjo, violin, guitar, and accordion. It’s MUSIC, people, not self-obsessed wailing by people whose famous girlfriends dumped them. Hallelujah!

[These tracks have been removed. You can contact me if you’d like a copy.]

The Wailin’ Jennys – The Devil’s Paintbrush Road
The Wailin’ Jennys – Arlington
The Wailin’ Jennys – One Voice



  1. Ron’s avatar

    I’ve downloaded and will listen tomorrow. I’m not a Dixie Chicks fan by any stretch, though I did enjoy the OBWAT soundtrack so….

  2. Chad’s avatar

    Not bad at all…definitely an older Dixie Chicks type sound, but I like it for the most part.

    (And thanks for linking to my site!)


  3. zara’s avatar

    Chad — You’re welcome. EC, EU is part of my staple diet of music blogs, so thank YOU. :D

    Ron — I think you’ll definitely like it. If you liked OBWAT, go to the Jennys’ Myspace and listen to “Glorybound.” It’s got a definite “little girls standing on a platform singing about going to heaven” vibe.

  4. Ron’s avatar

    I listened to ‘Arlington’ this morning and I liked it very much :)
    d’loaded the rest of them

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