Los Angeles, CA (Billboard Publicity Wire) July 24, 2007 -- Singer-songwriter Jude Johnstone's new CD "Blue Light," released August 21 on BoJak Records with national distribution by Redeye, is a jazz/blues flavored project dedicated to legendary engineer/producer Henry Lewy, who produced Johnstone early in her career.
Jude Johnstone's new release "Blue Light" on BoJak Records is a rediscovery of a musical style rather than a departure from the flavor of her previous works in critically acclaimed cds "Coming of Age," and "On a Good Day." The music of Blue Light possesses the sensitive, soulful and poetic qualities found in the prior discs but returns Johnstone to the musical influences she grew up with in
The genesis for Blue Light, and the revisit to Johnstone's jazz/blues roots was the passing of legendary engineer/producer Henry Lewy (Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison, Neil Young) in 2006. Johnstone and her longtime manager Bob Burton had worked with Lewy in 1983 when they recorded a project at A&M studios. During those sessions the song "Over and Done," was recorded with Chuck Damonico (Tom Waits) on standup bass and Mark Hatch (Ray Charles, Bette Midler) on trumpet. The song was a highlight from the sessions and when revisiting the recordings after Lewy's death it became a source of inspiration for Blue Light with a special tribute to him including a bonus track of his original recording of "Over and Done." Johnstone added, "Henry's death prompted me to finally put this project together and 'come home' as he beckoned me to do for so long…and this is the result. We did it live in the studio---the old fashioned way--over 3 days, then added the strings."
Blue Light conveys the emotional depth of Johnstone's songwriting delivered in her passionate voice supported by sophisticated, spacious arrangements. It was recorded at Mad Dog Studios in Burbank with musicians Danny Frankel (Rickie Lee Jones, Beck) on drums; David Piltch (k.d. Lang, Madeleine Peyroux) bass; Matt Margucci, trumpet; Marc Macisso, sax, and Freddy Koella (Bob Dylan, k.d. Lang) on guitar. Recording engineer was Ken Allardyce (Stevie Nicks, Green Day), Charles Duncan mixing engineer and mastering with Gavin Lurssen at Lurssen Mastering. Johnstone was the producer, played keyboards and wrote all the songs except a rare co-write on "Best Friend."
The 2002 BoJak Records release of Jude Johnstone's debut CD "Coming of Age," included her songs covered by Bonnie Raitt (Wounded Heart), Stevie Nicks (Cry Wolf), Johnny Cash (Unchained), Jennifer Warnes (The Nightingale), and Trisha Yearwood (Hearts in Armor). It was featured on NPR's Morning Edition and reached #6 on Amazon's Best Seller's List. In 2007 Jude's song "Wounded Heart" was featured in Lifetime television's hit series "Army Wives." Johnstone's 2005 release, "On a Good Day," generated impressive media buzz leading to Johnstone's national television debut where she performed the title track on CBS's The Early Show.