BRATTLEBORO – Twilight Music presents An Evening with Jonatha Brooke at New England Youth Theatre in Brattleboro, VT on Friday, September 25 at 8:00 pm. One of the leading singer/songwriters in the folk/rock field since the early 1990's, Brooke merges elements of folk, rock and pop, with poignant lyrics and complex harmonies. Billboard Magazine calls her "one of the most gifted and unique artists of the decade."
Jonatha Brooke is touring in support of her eighth solo album, The Works, a collection of songs inspired by the quintessential father of all American singer/songwriters, Woody Guthrie. When Guthrie died of Huntington's disease in 1967, he left behind a trove of unpublished lyrics, ramblings, notes and letters that his daughter, Nora, organized into the Guthrie Archives. An invitation from Nora to peruse the archives led to The Works, the album of new songs with never before heard words by Guthrie, and music by Brooke. The CD features keyboardist Joe Sample, bassist Christian McBride, drummer Steve Gadd and steel guitarist Greg Leisz, with guest appearances by Keb' Mo', Derek Trucks, Glen Phillips andEric Bazilian. Brooke's concerts showcase the best of the new Woody Guthrie "works" along with songs of her extensive repertoire.
Brooke and fellow Bostonian Jennifer Kimball began playing music together in the 1980's while attending Amherst College in western Massachusetts. After performing as Jonatha & Jennifer during their college career, the duo took a break, during which time Brooke focused on her ballet career. In 1989, the two friends, eventually to be re-named The Story, reunited and recorded albums for Green Linnet and Elektra Records.
In 1994, Brooke parted ways with Kimball and pursued a solo career. Her second solo album, 10 Cent Wings, released in 1997, marked the shift from her earlier folk-pop to more of a radio-friendly style. In the late 1990's, Brooke began working independently of major record labels by starting her own label, Bad Dog. In 2002, she performed a pair of songs on Disney's Return to Never Land soundtrack, contributing an original composition (I'll Try) and a cover (The Second Star to the Right). Brooke has been featured as a guest vocalist with artists such as Lisa Loeb, Chris Botti and Patty Larkin. In 2008 she participated in an album called Songs for Tibet, which is an initiative to support Tibet, Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso and to underline the human rights situation in Tibet.
"Brooke restores artistry to the popular song with a distinctiveness not heard or enjoyed since the prime of Joni Mitchell and Carole King." - Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service
"Brooke has one of the most distinctive voices in the crowd of singer-songwriters, both as a writer and a vocalist." - The San Francisco Chronicle
New England Youth Theatre is located at 100 Flat Street in downtown Brattleboro, VT. Tickets for the concert are $25. For more information, to reserve tickets or to order tickets by mail, call 802-254-9276 or visit www.twilightmusic.org. Advance tickets are also available in Brattleboro at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, Turn It Up and In The Moment Records. For additional information, visit www.jonathabrooke.com and www.neyt.org.