Jenny Johnson: In Tune for InBloom

Jenny Johnson: In Tune for InBloom
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Jenny Johnson
Jon E. Rector

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Fat Patties
Old Feed Store, The
Tres Hombres


Who: Jenny Johnson
What: singer / songwriter
Where:
When: 2014-04-04 - 2014-05-10
When singer / songwriter Jenny Johnson introduces herself as a musician, the inevitable exchange occ
Leah Williams

When singer / songwriter Jenny Johnson introduces herself as a musician, the inevitable exchange occurs in a never-fail fashion. 

“People find out you are in music and then they ask, ‘Oh, are you a singer?’” Johnson said. “Like you can’t possibly play guitar or anything like that.”

Sure, Johnson is a singer, but she is also much more than that. This Friday, April 4, she lights up the Red Corner at Fat Patties. Jon E. Rector and Hugh DeNeal are also performing.

The showcase is part of the inaugural InBloom Festival, a series of concerts promoting the best in local, regional, and national touring acts in Southern Illinois.

Since she was child, Johnson has had an interest in music. She remembers watching Disney singalong tapes and getting involved in vocal battles with her brother. She preferred the upbeat songs in the Disney catalogue. Tunes like “Everybody Wants to Be a Cat,” “Wanna Be Like You,” and “Bare Necessities” provided the kind of living-room entertainment that became the basis for Johnson’s professional career.

Johnson said she has always been attracted to upbeat, jazzy tunes.

“I have played guitar off and on for years,” she said. “I’ve always been into songs by Billie Holliday and songs like that.”

Johnson said playing the InBloom Festival came about because of her past involvement in community concerts.

“I was part of the Carbondale Rocks Revival Festival last year, and [festival organizer] Curtis [Conley] asked me to be involved in this one, too,” she said. “I was like, ‘I’d be happy to.’”

Johnson said performing in Southern Illinois has introduced her to a core group of like-minded musicians who are willing and able to help one another.

“There are so many good musicians,” she said. “I’m just so elated to be a part of it. There is this solidarity that exits, definitely a camaraderie among us all.”

Later this month, Johnson will play a ladies’ night at Fat Patties. On Friday, April 18, the restaurant opens the Red Corner stage for a come-one, come-all female musician showcase.

“It should be a great night,” Johnson said. “You don’t see a lot of female-fronted bands out playing in the area, and when you do, it is really rare. We are hoping to get us all together and play together. Who knows? Maybe some people will meet and start a band.”

Meanwhile, she’ll also perform Friday, April 11 at Tres Hombres with the Blue Moon Revue and at a CD release party for her debut disc, Torch Ditties, Saturday, May 10 at the Old Feed Store.

As for her own growth as a musician, Johnson said she is just glad to be a part of Carbondale’s budding scene. She adds that spring is turning out to be one of her busiest seasons yet, playing out nearly every weekend through May.

“I just want to get to the next record,” she said.

Meanwhile, listen to two new songs by Johnson in the MP3 section of Nightlife’s web project at <http://www.CarbondaleRocks.com>.

who: Jenny Johnson

what: singer / songwriter

where: Fat Patties' Red Corner; Tres Hombres; Old Feed Store

when: Friday, April 4; Friday, April 11; Saturday, May 10