Jonas’s intensely personal songwriting first grabbed national attention with the release of her critically acclaimed 2014 debut album Oklahoma Lottery, followed by Country Songs in 2016.
Karen Jonas is an Americana singer/songwriter from Fredericksburg, Va. Her intensely personal songwriting first grabbed national attention with the release of her critically acclaimed 2014 debut album Oklahoma Lottery, and international praise with her second album, Country Songs. Five years of non-stop touring have produced a smoldering live act that’s culminated in her latest album, Butter, which debuted strongly on the US and UK Americana charts.
Jonas has been nominated for Dale Watson’s Ameripolitan Award’s Best Honky-Tonk Female, the Washington Area Music Award’s (WAMMIE) Best Country Album, won Fredericksburg’s Free Lance-Star’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best Local Band in 2017 and 2018, and her albums have been featured on Best of the Year lists around the world. Her performances anchor themselves in Southern storytelling and Jonas’s smooth, unforced croon, sided by guitarist Tim Bray’s dazzling contributions. She’s shared stages with Dale Watson, Alabama, Joe Ely, Bob Schneider, The Lone Bellow, Brandy Clark, Robert Earl Keen, and Amanda Shires—lighting up venues around the country, from intimate house concerts and listening rooms to rowdy honky-tonks and outdoor festivals.
“Karen Jonas’s moody twang effortlessly swings from sultry ballads to high-speed two-step, backed by a veteran band with deep roots” (Ryan Little, writer for RollingStone.com
“Clearly one of the best songwriters in country music today” (Country Perspective)
“If music was a lottery, then Karen Jonas hit big. But this is no fortune to be chocked up to sheer luck. The toil, the heart that Karen Jonas put into this music and this record is eminently palpable.” Saving Country Music
“A breathlessly fierce trip through all the emotions that make the art of music so addicting, so precious” (Colin McGuire, Frederick News Post)
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