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Folkadelphia Session: Jenny Owen Youngs (Encore)


Jenny Owen Youngs, the Brooklyn-based songwriter and previous Folkadelphia Session performer, offers you the chance as a listener for a truly positive and inclusive musical experience. With Youngs, we’re meant to laugh together, cry together, feel hurt, prideful, angry, and strong together. That’s the innate power of her music; whether you’re alone and listening through headphones or you’re watching her at a theater with a thousand other people, Youngs has a way of making it personal and face-to-face. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. The GrooveBarbers, Lily Mae, Jenny Owen Youngs

It's A King Thing | Photo by John Vettese
It’s A King Thing | Photo by John Vettese

Christmas week brought us two holiday sessions to enjoy.  Veteran a cappella group The GrooveBarbers stopped by to record 10 classic holiday tunes in celebration of the 20th anniversary of The Night Before with Robert Drake.    The second session came from Arbor Christmas All-Stars, an annual gathering of local bands at Gradwell House to record some original holiday songs.  Check out a couple below and get the rest here and here.

This year’s final Folkadelphia session featured singer-songwriter Jenny Owen Youngs.  The Brooklyn musician performed four tracks, including a cover of “Colors of the Wind” from Disney’s Pocahontas.  Listen to the full session below and don’t forget to pick up a free download of Folkadelphia Sessions: Vol. 1 here.

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Folkadelphia Session: Jenny Owen Youngs

Welcome to this year’s final edition of the Folkadelphia Sessions! In 2013, we brought you nearly 60 in-studio sessions, all recorded in and around Philadelphia, many at WXPN’s Performance Studio. We’ve heard from artists as diverse as Devotchka, Tim Kasher, Chris Forsyth, and Holly Williams (to name a few) – many of these sessions are collected in our new Folkadelphia Sessions Volume One compilation, now available for free download. In 2014, you can look forward to hearing sessions from Tift Merritt, CocoRosie, Quilt, Denison Witmer, Basia Bulat, and many others.

To close the book on ol’ thirteen, we couldn’t be more pleased to present our session with Brooklyn-based songwriter Jenny Owen Youngs. I remember delving into her Transmitter Failure album in 2009 and being charmed and intrigued by her writing and singing, but it was with her third and most recent full-length An Unwavering Band of Light that she really blew me away. During our studio session, she truly transformed me into a lifelong fan. Simply stated, Youngs is one of the kindest, gracious, and most generous performers we’ve had the pleasure of welcoming to track a few songs. Everyone working in the studio left feeling better than they had when they walked in. We talked, we laughed, we were drawn to JOY’s playing. No one else has ever arrived and nailed a Disney movie song (and a most badass version if I do say so myself). Her own lyrics are marked by intimacy, openness, and a confessional quality to them; they are easy to relate to in their humor, pain, embarrassment, victory, and awkwardness. It’s no wonder that the songwriter has cultivated a dedicated and devoted fan base.

We recorded our session with Jenny Owen Youngs on September 27th, 2013 before her concert at the Boot & Saddle.

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Contest: Win a pair of tickets to see East Hundred and Jenny Owen Youngs perform at Johnny Brenda’s on Oct. 1

This week, we’ve got a pair of tickets for East Hundred and Jenny Owen Young‘s show at Johnny Brenda’s on Saturday, October 1st. For a chance to win the tickets, all you have to do is leave a comment below by 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 29th. We’ll select the winners at random that evening and notify them via email; once you’ve confirmed that you and your guest will be attending the show, your names will be added to the venue’s guest list. (Just make sure to use a valid email address when posting your comment; we promise not to sell your contact info or sign you up for anything—we just want to be able to get in touch with you if you win.)