The four-headed love child named Junkyard Jane rose by night in the tide flats of Tacoma, Washington from a deadly mephitic brew of blues, swamp gas, rockabilly, old engine parts, country, motor oil, folk, funk and used kitty litter. Like all true originals, they display a Creole blend of influences that they affectionately call “Swampabilly Roots Music”.
With five critically acclaimed, all original CD’s under their belt and over 1000 live performances since their 1997 debut, the band decided to expand it’s musical horizons by relocating to the tour fertile South, landing in the Americana friendly city of Louisville, Kentucky.
Junkyard Jane, a BEAM Grant recipient (Benefiting Emerging Artist in Music), was one of only eight groups from a pool of thousands to make the final round at the International Band Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee; and their briefcase full of awards over the years includes the prestigious Washington State BB Award for “Best Band”.
Rooster Hooch, Junkyard Jane's newest release, finds the band coming into their own with raw arrangements, scaled down production and some of their best songwriting to date. Ductape & Sagebrush, showcases a journey into the rootsy, acoustic side of the band; while their third album, Swampabilly Snake Oil Freakshow, serves up a steamin’ plate of corn fed, swampy, jug band blues. JJ’s sophomore effort, Milkin’ the Frog, was voted BB Award winner for “Best Northwest Recording” and features all original music as does the debut CD Washboard Highway, which was named one of the top 10 NW recordings by KPLU radio.
Four-time “Best Songwriter” nominee and Summy Award recipient for “Female Performer of the Year”, Leanne Trevalyan entices the listener with her smooth, sultry vocal styling and acoustic guitar picking. Lea’s washboard scratchin’, slide whistle wailing and occasional kazoo solo ads a touch of whimsy to the show.
Billy Stoops, a BB Award winner for “Entertainer of the Year” as well as "Best Male Vocalist", delights and amuses audiences with his rich, soulful voice and on stage antics. Billy’s distinctive guitar style, both electric and acoustic, along with his groove-oriented songwriting garnered him a Summy Award for "Male Performer of the Year".
Louisvillian Alex Featherstone, the newest member of the clan, provides melodic bass lines on electric, acoustic and fretless basses, and his funk/rock origins compliment the bands rootsy tone. And finally, steady thumpin’ drummer Tom Sunderland, whose world beat rhythms can be heard on various TV soundtracks, keeps poundin’ down the groove so your butts can move!
“…as entertaining and uninhibited as anything you will ever see on stage!” John Allen Briscoe, WBS Newsletter