The Pickle Jar
A collection of songs about pickles that turned into blessings.
This sophomore album is a sassy, heartfelt, unpredictable adventure. There are a multitude of grooves and a wide range of stories.
The magnificent musicians are: Jamie Stillway on guitars, Drew Shoals on drums, Arthur Parker on bass, Skip Von Kuske on cello, and Lesley Kernochan on vocals and piano.
Recorded by Rob Stroup at 8Ball Studio. www.8ballstudio.com. All songs written and performed by Lesley Kernochan.
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. Thank you to Lesley Kernochan!
- Diane Kidman’s Carp(e) Libris