Ghost Town Jenny

Que Sera

Kim Kylland is called Ghost Town Jenny—maybe because of the high-lonesome in her voice and the little Sandy Bull/Richard Bishop flourishes she’ll do on her acoustic guitar—a few seconds for ringing open strings that whip and wiggle like barbed wire caught by wind. Guys like Bert Jansch, Guy Clark and Jackson Frank were beastly pickers but also played so soft and simple and well, and that’s where Jenny sets up: voice and instrument serving pure and powerful purpose, the kind of songs where the hush left hovering at the end is as necessary a part as the rest. She doesn’t frog her voice like Iris De Ment but surely she can make someone weep just the same.
Wed., Jan. 20, 9 p.m., 2010
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