Friday, June 23, 2017 This Week's Paper

Make a scene: Jeanlizabeth

// “Bumblebees”

For the past 14 years, singer/songwriter Jeanlizabeth has written songs inspired by her own life’s struggles, discoveries and experiences, performing on stages throughout the Northwest. The Steilacoom native released her first full-length album “Driftwood” in 2001, earning the well-deserved attention of local radio stations, music festivals and local venues such as Jazzbones, The Swiss, Seattle’s Experience Music Project and more. Her latest album “Bumblebees” was released June 20, and features the heartfelt lyrics and smooth sounds her fans have come to expect.

The eight-track album features vocals, guitar and percussion by Jeanlizabeth, lead guitar and dobro by Evan Purcell, pedal steel by Mark Eckert, bass by Peter Jansen and drums by Maria Joyner. All songs were written and co-produced by Jeanlizabeth, along with engineering and production by Ken Levy.

Leadoff track “Beauty Queen” starts the album out with rich guitar work and vocals sure to impress fans of folk/Americana music.

Jeanlizabeth’s smooth voice and sweet lyrics on “Check your Ego” are simple but expressive. “Check your ego at the door/ tell me everything you’re not/ tell me who you are and who you aspire to be/ but don’t you ridicule or judge me.”

The honesty in her lyrics continues throughout each track, and any fan of traditional folk with a twist of country is sure to enjoy the soft sounds of “Bumblebees.” Each track flows into the next, creating a cohesive sound from beginning to end.

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Reviewed by Kate Burrows