Jessie has long attributed her love of folk music and songwriting to her musician father and what he was playing on his guitar and his records and tapes while she was growing up. She fell in love with the stories and the people in these songs, their triumphs and failures. Jessie’s new album pays tribute to those songs and songwriters who influenced her, celebrating the traditional songs as well as covering music by John Prine, Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith, Kathy Mattea, among others. Unfortunately, during the recording of “Playing Favorites” Jessie was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that resulted in a tumor that was blocking nearly 90% of her airway. This diagnosis sent her to Mayo Clinic for a series of surgeries to removed the tumor and hopefully, declare her cancer free. Throughout diagnosis and treatment, Jessie pushed to release the album, which now, more than ever, felt so very important to her.
On this album you will hear the voices and instruments of my dad and I, of course, but also of our friends who have so often, when we needed them most, pulled up a chair to play along,” says Jessie of this new effort. “This album is for them. And it’s for my daughters, my nieces and my nephews, for my cousins and their kids and you and yours, so that you might find a familiar tune and a place to sing along. “Playing Favorites” is available in hard copy now. Purchase and listen wherever you download music, and see Jessie, her dad and other area musicians perform the tunes from “Playing Favorites” as well as her original music, live at TAK Music Venue on June 17 at 7pm!
NOTICE:All events are subject to change. Fargo Underground is not responsible for the events posted. The hosts reserve the right to make any changes whatsoever in the event owing to any unforeseen or unavoidable cause; or to cancel the event for any reason beyond their control without notice. Always confirm the event before attending.