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Billboard Canada – Kirsten Jones is Miles Ahead

January 1st, 2010 by Kirsten Jones

Billboard Canada – Robert Thompson
One of the Canadian artists we tipped in January to make waves during 2010, Kirsten Jones is following her dreams and creating some believers along the way.

The latter include the Jayhawks’ main man Gary Louris, who produced the little-known Toronto alt country singer’s second album, “The Mad Mile”, and Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy, who appears as aguest vocalist on the set.

Jones says she had vision of Louris producing her record and set out to make that a reality.  “His name just kept coming into my head,” Jones says. “I kept trying to get it out of my head because it sounded ridiculous.  But it stayed there.”

Eventually, Jones sent a note and some demos to Louris’ management, although she admits to being surprised when she heard back.  Not only did Louris agree to produce the project, he also co-wrote two tracks on the album, which is due May 11th in Canada on Fontana North.  “He came to my house and suddenly we’re sitting down to write songs,” she says.  “It was remarkable.”

The result is a decidedly country album that flirts with alt-country in spots, dominated by Jones’ smooth vocals and occasionally hushed tones.  “I’m a big fan of Patty Griffin and The Dixie Chicks,” she says.  “I hope this album comes out somewhere in the middle”.

While there’s plenty of twang on the album, Jones says she’s a little concerned about whether she’s too country for the Americana crowd and too alt-country for traditional country radio.  Still, her belief in the record is solid, “While I keep wondering whether people will like it or not,”she says, “it doesn’t matter.  I know this is what I meant to do.”

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