Robertson delves into issues of domestic violence, mental illness and alienation, while still managing to convey strength and unwavering hope. Her voice is arresting, both wordly-wise and artless, on modern songs tinged with country and blues influences.
"Small Town Girls" features Jessi's longtime friends and collaborators, including producer Chris Cubeta (Wakey!Wakey!, Harper Blynn) and guitarist Greg Tuohey (Lowry). 10% of proceeds will be donated to RAINN, the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization (www.rainn.org
From Lucid Culture's review:
"Why is there so much madness in small towns? Because that’s where dreams get ground down into the dirt? Because anyone who can get out does, and those who stay behind are hell to be around? Jessi Robertson explores themes like these on her intense new album Small Town Girls. The women here want one thing and and one thing only: to escape. In a breathy, occasionally gritty contralto, over smartly arranged Americana rock, Robertson chronicles how they do it, or what they substitute for the real thing. More often than not, it’s impossible to turn away from. If you like the idea of Lucinda Williams but don’t like all the cliches she falls back on, Jessi Robertson is for you."
From Songwriter Monthly's review:
"Through the difficult lyrical terrain traversed on her debut full-band studio album, Small Town Girls, Jessi offers an abyss of insight, understanding and victory that ultimately provides hope."
"Jessi is staggeringly vulnerable in her music. She risks all for the truth. But it's a truth that's sung with beautiful, soul-weary vocals that resonate with compassion, making Robertson's performance absolutely mesmerizing."
released 01 March 2011
Jessi Robertson - vocals, guitars
Chris Cubeta - arrangements, guitars, bass, piano, percussion
Greg Tuohey - arrangements, guitars
Ryan Vaughn - drums, percussion
Jim McNamara - upright bass
Paul Basile - vocals on "the travelers"
Mark Lord - bass on "whiskey and cigarettes"
Produced by Chris Cubeta
Recorded, engineered, & mixed by Chris Cubeta, Jeff Berner & Gary Atturio at GaluminumFoil Productions studio, Brooklyn, NY
Mastered by Mark Lord
All songs by Jessi Robertson
Album artwork by Jessi Robertson
Back cover photo by Emily Raw
Inside photo by Larry Hyland