"Night Times" American Gypsy Review - September 2007 by Dagwood
".... there's music (everyone understands music), and then there is music with the ability to touch very deeply, which is an entirely different matter.
"Touch" music to me, is the kind that turns the listener into a totally incoherent blithering idiot (short term we always hope!) The kind of music that can easily bring one to tears in quiet moments. Lyric content doesn't have an exclusive on that power.
Sometimes we are graced with artists that have "the touch" both musically and lyrically. For me personally, that's a rare occurrence. "In My Life" Lennon/Beatles is a classic example. Others with that power, off the top of my head, include T-Bone Burnette and of course his prettier half, Sam Phillips. Jim Croce had a taste of it, Lucinda Williams has it for sure, Willie Nelson has it, American Gypsy has it.
It was certainly my pleasure to fire up that disk today and take a "touch" music detour."
Blues/Rock - Singer/Songwriter
These tracks take you on a journey from big beat hardcore into an easy lounge style groove then back up again. Runs circles around the others in styling and sheer artistic guts.
Sooo Cool - Talent to the MAX
What could I possibly say about American Gypsy that has not been written in volumes before me? Absolutely NOTHING. So let's just say that this is one hot number. Her songs and her songwriting are beyond storytelling, they are works of art. She has this unique way of digging down deep into your soul and letting you know that she has been there by leaving you a piece of hers. Outstanding talent.
"I just got finished listening through my first pass of the entire 10 song album ["Safe Place]. After each song, I kept saying "OK that's my favorite, that's the best song on the album". You've captured the spirit long missing from today's music and today's songwriters. I felt like I wanted to meet Jodi. I believed in her pain, attitude and passion. In short, I felt. And I like to feel.
The professional sound and delivery of her vocals and the production was phenomenal. This album deserves to be heard. I am so impressed. The variety of the songs was equally impressive. At one point I was watching American Gypsy in a bar (in my mind) playing the Irish feeling "Weekness" and the next song I was watching her perform on national television. This album is great. I love the way the songs have such a different feel yet all are undeniably American Gypsy style. Jodi's voice and style remind me of a cross between Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt.
In short, this music should be on the radio and American Gypsy should be a household name. I don't usually get this excited about and go on and on about music.... maybe because there's so little really great stuff out there. But you're changing that."
American Gypsy... What can I say about Jodi? Part of me is in love with her, and how anyone not be? She is an amazing and passionate performer live. As a person she radiates warmth, with a focused intensity, unlimited generosity, but also has a wild and open sense of humor. Her songs are a reflection of that very essence.
At heart she is a storyteller. Like any good folk or blues artists she can take another persons song and seem to make it her own. I have witnessed her performances of the epic "Highwayman" ballad known from Lorrena McKennit on back to Phil Ochs. She can just as easily switch to lively traditional Irish tunes. I have also heard her gentle take on Joni Mitchells "For Free", but it is clear that her favorite cover is Mark Cohns "Walking in Memphis", which to me is so completely her own that I can not even bear to hear to the original anymore.
Where she really excels as a storyteller however, is when she is telling her own personal story.
I was first drawn to her music by her song "40th floor", which I have learned since was written on the anniversary of her husbands passing. This song never fails to move me to chills and tears - it is the centerpiece of her most personal songs. ?Her other originals, ranging from a blues song about the homeless to the catchy mp3.com feminist hit "June Cleaver", are very much worth hearing in a live setting.
"Semper Paratus 2? is a ?tribute to those who protect us all, those who even the Seals & Rangers salute - the men and women of the U. S. Coast Guard.?
This piece is quite remarkable in that the only accompaniment to the voice is a repeating note played on a drum. This gives the effect of marching in strict time. To be able to maintain the listeners attention for four minutes with just the voice and a single drumbeat is quite a feat. American Gypsy has a very powerful ?in tune? voice. She articulates very clearly and the story behind the song is good to. Quite a performance.
I love your music and think a movie should be made form the song you sing "He Offered His Hand". Your songs have so much meaning.
From the 1st bars of "June Cleaver" to the last bars of "Roll the Dice" I was blown out the water. I have until now never hear a song from you. I live in England were music like yours is not played as the stations play hip wots its call, is the main feed.
So now I must haul the record shops getting the look of never hear of them .
Thank you for 4 songs that blow my mind if you know what I mean .
i just wanted to say how much i love your music.. i guess im a brand new fan, i stumbled across safe place while looking for some songs to download.. excellant stuff. im 18 years old and not a fan of the radio.. what you play is definatly quality stuff and should replace that radio garbage!!! rock on.
I just thought I would write you an email telling you how much of a fan I am of you. You have some of the greatest music I have ever heard. I have been listening to your music since you first came out. One of my friends was the first person to introduce me to your songs and I have been listening ever since. You are very talented and I hope you keep up the great work.
If you don't mind I would love to have an autographed picture of you to hang on my wall.
"On the heavier side of folk-rock, this song [June Cleaver] talks of the tough sacrifices we make for love. American Gypsy is an incredible songwriter and sings in the style of Cher and Joan Baez, entertaining twin cities' audiences both as a solo performer and an "in demand" backup singer for some of the area's most popular bands.
"The first time I heard this fabulous artist I liked it instantly...and rushed to grab my credit card to buy her CD...Warning--This music just might make you feel the same way---Listen at your own risk !!"
"This is a top flight artist. Fred Wheeler from StangeCloud was bragging her up and thought the whole community should give her a listen. Watch out before you click the download button. I was a buyer instantly..... The whole CD is great!! Thanks, Fred, for sending this one our way...... the whole community will really enjoy her mystical-magical-music."