Just came across this unique review of "Outdoor Boogie" written as a "rondeau", a specific form of poetry.
Rondeau for the Nations
Jewels and Johnny across the nation,
in the sky like a constellation.
The quiet Beatle is in their song;
inspired thusly they can’t go wrong.
Tripping out from station to station,
their sound is rich in good vibration,
resplendent as a meditation.
In your record collection belong
Jewels and Johnny.
Tuning in to a generation,
they seek a shining integration
that will catch you up before too long,
and reel you in with a love that’s strong.
Come join them on this sound migration:
Jewels and Johnny.
Thank you, Sonic Dada!
"4 out of 5 stars - Ultra cool, on the title track they throw all kinds of influences together: Ohio Express, Status Quo, and Chuck Berry" - Alt Country NETHERLANDS
"4 out of 5 stars! Unexpectedly good" - IKON Magazine, SWEDEN
"A tight, energetic team. Country and bluegrass roots leapfrog West Coast, plus some potent blues and rock 'n' roll. - Keys & Chords, BELGIUM
"This is country rock played with enthusiasm and a smile" - Lonesome Highway, IRELAND
"Varied and fresh, and as always, witty" - Country Jukebox, GERMANY
" A winning mixture with beautiful flavors of rock & roll from Sun Records and The Beatles in Hamburg to psychedelia" - La Cri Du Coyote, FRANCE
4 out of 5 stars
The couple Jewels & Johnny Nation made some records as City Fritter, but they have said goodbye to that band name. Listening to "Outdoor Boogie" the alt-country and folk rock influence is clear, and a dip in the history of rock music is taken. Mr. and Mrs. Nation sing about the summer of love on "When Harrison Hit The Haight", an ultra cool song about George Harrison in San Francisco. Groovy! Some of the material on the record is also quite pretty. What about a song like "Two Lane To Paradise"? Ultra cool with that baritone guitar, and simple but effective drums and organ. In the title track they throw all kinds of influences together: Ohio Express, Status Quo, and Chuck Berry to land somewhere in the vicinity of a band like The Morells. For Jewels & Johnny it's a matter of "Blues In The Morning "and 'rock' n 'roll in the evening. "Another Honky Tonk Song" is not what it is: "This is not another honky tonk song / No this one is my own / It's California grown," they sing. It is an account of a trip to Nashville. The flute on Skye comes as a wonderful surprise.
Many thanks to Danny McCloskey and The Alternate Root for putting us "ON THE RADAR":
So excited to have been the featured artist on The Local Music Showcase in Joshua Tree on Z107.7,
DJ Pat Michaels played several tracks from "OUTDOOR BOOGIE" and we played live in studio,
creating an exclusive demo track of a brand new song, "DESERT KISSES".
You can hear the podcast of the JULY 27th show HERE!
Download "DESERT KISSES" HERE!
We were interviewed by the delightful and glamorous Wendy Rains for her show "Weekend With Wendy" on Cabo Mil Radio! You can hear the interview on the music player below
Many thanks to Michael "Mongrel" Fisher for the sweet write up on his blog about our show at La Esquina's Farmers market! Here's a link to his blog:MONGREL 4 U
Full text below:
"We went to the Farmers Market at La Esquina this morning. Gail bought a pair of yoga pants, I got a calendar of lucha libre stars. We had a huge breakfast sandwich each that will last us through lunch (we’ll be snacking on leftovers on the way to Cabo). While we were eating and/or shopping we enjoyed once more the vocal stylings of Jewels and Johnny Nation. We first saw them at Cafelix a few nights ago. They have a fantastic inventory of pop, classic rock, rhythm and blues,and old standards, with a healthy portion of original material, some of it quite memorable and catchy.Low key electric guitar accompaniment by Senor Nation, pleasing harmonies and the engaging front woman, Jewels, make this a way above average cabaret act. Check them out starting at 7PM tonight at La Garra as part of a local music festival with lots of other community favorites.I suspect Jewels has a lot more in her vocal tank and could really rock in the right venue."
Interview on Park City TV Jan.'11
Here's the buzz....
"Massively talented" - Jimmie Dale Gilmore
"Elements of Bakersfield are mixed with the Sunset Strip creating a warm, harmony-driven, infectious sound" - Miles of Music
"Jewels and Johnny are a nouveau hippy June and Johnny Cash....There is plenty of power in these songs and an immediacy like rain turning dust to mud" - Americana UK
"Always current hippies surprise!" - Musikland, Sweden
"Radio friendly country rock.Their voices harmonize perfectly together and Johnny is very driving guitarist. "From The Ocean To The Desert" is simply an album that makes me happy,a companion in the car on a late night when you are on your way home and the road feels too long" - Groove Magazine
"A stunning combination of excellent singing, songwriting and instrumental performances......It struck us immediately with its timeless quality. Certainly a must listen" - Rootstime
"The best disc in this genre I've heard in a long, long time" - Hemifran
"The music is indigenuous Americana, spontaneous and simple, but also full of charm and warmth" - Musikland, Sweden
"Fresh guitar songs with a wailing edge.All in all a great record that you need to listen to with the volume turned up. Far out!" - Dutch review