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I just love Jayleen's spirit. She bellows directly from the gut, and as she gets into the later verses, absolutely freezes me in my tracks. The truth is : a lot of the current crop of women singer-songwriter fail to "growl," for lack of a better word, and without Janis Joplin, there would have been no Sheryl Crow or Alanis Morisette. That said (and Jayleen also being no Joan Baez or Joni Mitchell, but certaily not so pedestrian as Joan Jett or even Chrissie Hynde either), the vocals are a great powerful center to a stormy ride along this romp.

It starts with a mean, deep, buried baseline, and then are the driving, funky verses that are 1/2 Lynyrd Skynyrd and 1/2 old time R & B. The bridge carried me just a cusp along a swamp-ward, CCR type place, put it into park, and then backed me right up. Later verses introduced me to some wonderful harmonic guitar pieces along the edges. (The guitar piece after the first verse was also quite tasteful). There is an absolutely irresistable energetic fade to close.

In a nutshell, I give it a 7 1/2. I just love the artist, the vocal, and a good deal of the writing, but it only whetted my appetite for what I know, soon, is her one great power tune, for which I reserve an 8 or 9 rating.


Here is an interview from 1991 from "The Pulse"



Opening band Stonehouse, however, offered everyone more than a good reason to come down to the Pic, as they put on a good, solid entertaining show. Following a perhaps longer than necessary rendition of "Peter Gunn," lead vocalist Jayleen Stonehouse took the stage and immediately grabbed everyone's attention with her deep, soulful voice reminiscent of Sass Jordan, Alannah Myles, and Melissa Etheridge. A blend of rock, funk, soul, and snippets of jazz created a very interesting musical concoction to accompany Jayleen's voice. Surrounded by a bass player, guitarist, and drummer with what sounded like loads of experience, Jayleen brought it all together with her vocals, delivering an all around great show.


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