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Versatility has never been a problem or a pose for singer Julie Christensen, whose voice found a home in the L.A. post-punk band Divine Horsemen and, for years, as a spotlighted singer with Leonard Cohen. With Something Familiar, her third CD, she adds another genre feather to the cap: jazz. Singing standards, and in her own signature style, is actually nothing new for the vocalist. In her sundry travels, geographically and musically, she has dipped into the Great American Songbook for years, from her native Iowa to years spent in Austin and Los Angeles, and onto her current life, based in Ojai, California. Something Familiar is more than a standards festival. The album title itself is taken from a fascinating Jimmy Webb-penned rarity, “Just Like Marilyn,” There is also the original “Hard to Love,” and a gritty-bluesy workout, “Today I Sing the Blues.” With her keyboardist and longtime creative cohort Karen Hammack, Christensen tracked in Brooklyn with noted jazz drummers Jeff Ballard and Kenny Wollesen, alongside bassists Mary Ann McSweeney and Don Falzone. Back on the west coast, trumpeter Jeff Elliott and pedal steel guitarist-of- note Greg Liesz added their spices to the mix. The end result is a fresh twist on old musical values, something familiar yet also otherwise.

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For Americana Recording Artist, Julie Christensen, Cathartic Journey Prompts Album -- Weeds Like Us -- While New Leonard Cohen Biography Marks Her Role In Legendary Career

For Americana Recording Artist,  Julie Christensen, Cathartic Journey Prompts Album -- Weeds Like Us -- While New Leonard Cohen Biography Marks Her Role In Legendary Career

Julie Christensen'S “WEEDS LIKE US” CD Candidly Reveals a Cathartic Journey of Loss and Survival Bringing “Great Plains Soul” to Acclaimed Career of Americana Singer-Songwriter While Release of New Leonard Cohen Biography Documents Christensen's Pivotal, Musical Role in Legendary Career Los Angeles, CA: It is a busy season for Julie Christensen, whose critically-acclaimed recordings, and longtime ...

Sometihing Familiar

Label: Household Ink Records
Released: 2007
Track listing: Just Like Marilyn; Never Will I Marry; But Beautiful; Have You Met Miss Jones?; Orange Was the Color of Her Dress, Then Silk Blue; Stolen Moments; Billie's Bounce; Blame It On My Youth; Today I Sing the Blues; Hard to Love; Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief.

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Julie Christensen: Sometihing Familiar

Read "Sometihing Familiar" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Julie Christensen is a jazz vocalist with a very non-jazz past, who can easily win you over with her unusual delivery and choice of material. Something Familiar begins with Jimmy Webb's obscure “Just Like Marilyn," and seems about as far away from a jazz opener as one can get. By the time ...


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