When you think of America, you may think of the untamed pioneer spirit, the beautiful and disparate landscape, and the brave & irrepressible pursuit of freedom. Jennifer Lind captures the diversity that defines this great country in her newest show, “A Journey through American Music”, which features the best in American classics and folk music. Her captivating presence, rare contralto vocal range, and charismatic style capture the essence of this timeless musical tapestry. Jennifer remarks, “American music encompasses numerous genres. I sing songs that adapt to the ever-changing world of a variety of American music including Blues, Western, Country, Folk, Pop, and even a little Motown." She adds," My goal as an artist is to share music that will resonate deeply in the memories of each member of the audience. Every song is like sharing a piece of our life’s history together”.
Jennifer loves to speak about her talented family. Her mother was an opera singer at a young age, and released records in her teens. Lind’s grandfather, Pasquale, was another source of her musical inspiration as he taught accordion for many years and owned the Blue Note Music Store in downtown Stockton, California. Jennifer recalls spending hours of her childhood in her grandfather’s bright and sunny home studio where she would draw musical staffs across the chalkboard and he would instruct her where to fill in the notes. At age 12, her mother bought her a 12-string guitar and Lind asked her neighbor (a Rock and Roll guitarist) if he would teach her a few chords. Who would have known that these few chords would serve as the catalyst of Lind’s successful musical career? The same guitar still hangs in Lind’s house today.
Lind crossed paths with what she calls her “Trail Boss” producer, engineer, and friend, Jason Barney. Barney owns Talmage Studio in Gilbert, Arizona. Together, with friends and talented musicians, they produced her CD . . . Cowboy State of Mind. This debut CD earned Jennifer the award of Western Music Female Vocalist of the Year from the Academy of Western Artists (AWA) in 2010. During this time, Sparks invited her to join The New Christy Minstrels. Today, Jennifer continues to tour throughout the U.S. with the Minstrels making friends and gathering fans along the way. In 2012, the AWA announced Lind as one of the top five finalists for Western Music Female Vocalist. Jennifer is also a performing member of the Western Music Association.
While Jennifer continues to tour with The Minstrels, she is looking forward to introducing her own show, “A Journey through American Music,” and sharing it with audiences of all ages in towns across this land. To Lind, “playing music is more than getting up on stage and performing. For a short period of time, the audience and I become one.”
Jim is a third generation rancher, raised in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California. He started cowboying for wages when he was 12 years old, and later he left home and buckaroo'd in the Great Basin, near Plush, Oregon. The bunkhouse had old cowboy poems pasted on the walls, and Jim spent the evenings swatting mosquitoes, playing cards with the Irish haying crew, and learning some of the old classics. A few years ago, with urban sprawl claiming a lot of the good ground and his kids grown and gone, Jim sold the home place and moved to Jamestown where he and Karen are putting together a little spread of their own.
Karen, a silversmith, has been interested in poetry for many years, but very seldom perfomed in public. She was well received at the 2004 Monterey Cowboy poetry and music festival with her reciting of "Rinder-cella," made famous by Alice Hancock. Karen seemed quite at ease on the stage and fit in with the pros. We are happy to have Jim and Karen returning to the Red Mule Ranch.