Picnic in the Sky with Jeni & Billy's Big Picnic Band

by Jeni & Billy

Released 2014
Waystation Records
Released 2014
Waystation Records
Welcome to Jeni & Billy's picnic. Townes Van Zandt said, “There are two kinds of music – the blues and Zip A Dee Doo Dah.” There is a third kind, which finds the best of both and turns it into something seamlessly American and wonderful. - Dillon O'Brian
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The sweetest, most down to earth, good people making music just like that. Their roots run deep and sprout the most fragrant flowers.

- Dave Way, Three-Time Grammy-Winning Producer, Mixer, & Engineer

Jeni Hankins makes quilts. She finds the peculiar value in scraps of fabric and combines them into fabulously beautiful pieces of art. But quilt-making is not just an exercise in self expression. Quilts are functional. Quilts make an empty room homey.
A quilt will …
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Sweet Song Coming ' Round

by Jeni & Billy

Released 2013
Jewell Ridge Records
Released 2013
Jewell Ridge Records
Recorded live, original stories and songs that draw on the deep well of the music of the Appalachians, and celebrate the folks who live there, from miners to moonshiners.
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You have to watch where you sit at a Jeni & Billy concert, because that ordinary-looking folding chair might just turn into the back seat of a big ole Buick hurtling down the switchback of a coal truck road.

That barstool might turn out to be the rock-hard sinners pew of a white-washed mountain church. That couch might be a marble stoop on a gritty street in Baltimore, and that velvet theater cushion could just be …
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Jewell Ridge Coal

by Jeni & Billy

Released 2008
Jewell Ridge Records
Released 2008
Jewell Ridge Records
Jeni & Billy write and perform songs in the New Old Style . . . original songs with a Traditional Country and Appalachian Old Time feel.
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Jewell Ridge Coal is the new record from acoustic duo Jeni Hankins and Billy Kemp. Drawing from Traditional Country, Appalachian, Old-time, Country Blues, Bluegrass and Folk music to create their original songs, Jeni & Billy have crafted a unique sound that is truly their own. With their sparse sound and absorbing lyrics, they have caught the attention of Americana greats Jim Lauderdale and Buddy Miller and folk-rock artist Jim Reilley of the New Dylans. Yet one …
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Longing for Heaven

by Jeni & Billy

Released 2010
Jewell Ridge Records
Released 2010
Jewell Ridge Records
The second full-length CD from Jeni & Billy brings a mix of original songs and innovative arrangements of traditional numbers, all with their signature spare acoustic arrangements and tight harmonies.
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“Jeni & Billy’s Longing For Heaven plopping on my doormat this morning has given me more joy than I can express, and if I seem hyperbolic it’s because That’s What They Do To You . . . The original tracks, such as the deliriously catchy ‘If I Ever Get Ten Dollars’ and ‘While I Stay At Home And Weep’ (replete with my new favourite word “prayhaps”) blend effortlessly with the traditional numbers (their arrangement of the …
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Sweet & Toxic - Extra Sweet Edition

by Jeni & Billy

Released 2010
Jewell Ridge Records
Released 2010
Jewell Ridge Records
Re-release of Jeni & Billy's first EP, with three new previously unreleased tracks.
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Billy and I met in the spring of 2005 while I was recording Jewell Ridge Girl. One of the songs cut for Jewell Ridge Girl, “Back Then,” caught Billy’s attention and he suggested that we consider a songwriting collaboration. We found that writing together came easy for us. We also started playing out together. We were getting a good response from audiences and loved performing as a duo. We wanted a CD for shows, but …
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Pretty Fair Miss

by Jeni & Billy

Released 2010
Jewell Ridge Records
Released 2010
Jewell Ridge Records
This EP offers two innovative arrangements of traditional Appalachian ballads -- both with new original lyrics -- accompanied by a favorite from the CD Jewell Ridge Coal.
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Pretty Fair Miss was created for The Great Fabric Exchange.

This year Jeni & Billy are remembering old-time barter days on their tour by trading a three song EP, Pretty Fair Miss, for a piece of fabric. At the end of their tour in November, Jeni will be using the fabric to make a Trip Around the World Quilt at the John C. Campbell Folk School.

To learn more about the fabric exchange and how to …
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