The Pickle Jar

Lesley Kernochan

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"A collection of songs about a few pickles I've found myself in, that turned out to be blessings." -Lesley

Lesley's sophomore album is a funky, down-home delight. As usual for Lesley, there are a multitude of grooves present and a wide range of stories, from the saving grace of a sunset to a young girl discovering masturbation. Joining her is a cast of incredible musicians including Jamie Stillway on guitars, Drew Shoals on drums, Arthur Parker on bass, and Skip Von Kuske on cello. Lesley hit the road and toured this album throughout the US and Europe in 2011.

Recorded by Rob Stroup at 8Ball Studio. www.8ballstudio.com

Featured Review: If you were to blend the eclectic musical stylings of Nellie McKay add the incredible voice range of Kate Bush, you may begin to understand the wild ride Lesley Kernochan’s The Pickle Jar will take you on. No need to try and pigeonhole Ms. Kernochan – that’s virtually impossible, and while it may be a frustration for many reviewers and music buffs, it’s a breath of fresh air to me. I have listened to this CD countless times over the past few weeks, enjoying it more every time.
Imagine being pulled and whirled through a series of musical stylings – staccato violins, banging pianos, musical saws, trombones. Various key changes, tempo changes, timing; and that could be all in one song! How it moves so effortlessly from mandolins and a little honky-tonk piano in one piece into a romp worthy of a stageful of dancing Roaring 20’s flappers I’m not sure, but every listen I give to it leaves me smiling and laughing at discovering some new piece of brilliance.
Do I love The Pickle Jar? Absolutely. Will I look for more Lesley Kernochan in the future? You bet your eclectic butt. Due to this CD, I figured I’d better give special music finds the same carp(e) libris accolades bestowed upon my favorite reads, known around here as The Goldfish Award. It is well earned in my opinion, and if you’re tired of the same old same old, I suggest you snag yourself a copy of The Pickle Jar and be prepared for a rollercoaster ride on a musical kaleidoscope. Thank you to Lesley Kernochan!

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