Jan Smith on Lyrical Venus Radio Tues 1/19!

Singer-Songwriter Jan Smith

Singer-Songwriter Jan Smith

I’m pretty sure that almost every time I’ve seen Jan Smith play live, she makes me cry.  In a cathartic, “there is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in” sort of way.  She is just so real and raw that the notes creep in to my heart and force it open.  The poetry reminds me to breathe deep.  Her voice floats, soars, hovers, cracks, and tumbles over words in ways I don’t always expect, but have me hanging on to every syllable.

Needless to say, I was really excited to find out Jan is coming back to Fairfield for a few shows, and also that she’s working on a new album due out this spring!

Raised in New Orleans in a family of artists, Jan currently calls California home, but she recorded her first solo album, Bowling Night, in Iowa.  The tracks are fairly sparse, mostly voice and guitar with a few other Americana and Folk appropriate instruments weaving the aural tapestry a little richer on occasion.   It’s the sort of album that would likely be enjoyed by fans of Gillian Welch and Nick Drake.

Judging from the preview tracks on Jan’s website, her next album 14 Stories will not disappoint people who loved Bowling Night.  You can also find audio files and lyrics from Bowling Night on her site.

For lucky Fairfielders, you have three chances to hear Jan live this weekend.  She has two concerts at Revelations Bookstore, one on Friday the 22nd and one on Sunday the 23rd, and a house concert with limited space on Sunday the 24th.  Here are some details from her site:

  • 22nd, Friday – Revelations Bookstore, Fairfield, Iowa – 8-9:30PM – $5 donation – 16yrs and under no charge, jan will singing and playing, pre-selling the new cd, cavorting with poets, jugglers, mystery guests…call Revelations 641-472-6733 to confirm in case of Weather!
  • 23rd, Saturday – Revelations Bookstore, Fairfield, Iowa – 8-9:30PM – $5 donation – 16yrs and under no charge, jan will singing and playing lots of songs she didn’t do yesterday, pre-selling the new cd, gambolling about with poets, jugglers, mystery guests…call Revelations 641-472-6733 to confirm in case of Weather!
  • 24th, Sunday – House Concert and Potluck Lunch at Sallee and Richard’s Place – Call the miraculous Sallee to reserve a seat 641-919-5223. Space is limited, please confirm your reservation. Details: 12:30 – 2 Lunch, 2-3:30 Music, Poetry, and Merriment!

If you’re not in Fairfield, you can of course check out Jan’s website, for audio files, lyrics, pictures, and to buy Bowling Night and/or pre-order 14 Stories.

Last but not least, tune in to KRUU for an interview with Jan on Tuesday, January 19th! (That’s my birthday! :) )  Show starts at 9am, Jan will be on from 9:30 to 10am.  KRUU-LP 100.1 FM here in town, kruufm.com online anywhere!

2 Responses to “Jan Smith on Lyrical Venus Radio Tues 1/19!”

  1. julie stephens says:

    I just missed your Jan interview. Will it be archived?

  2. Lyrical Venus says:

    Hi Julie, yes, it will be! I will let you know when, maybe a week or two. In the meantime, did you get to hear the archive of the one I did with her in January? That is already up. http://kruufm.com/node/7037

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