Name: Joan Jett
From: Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
Web Site: www.joanjett.com
Lifespan (making music): 1975-Current
Best Release: Bad Reputation
Joan Jett/Bad Reputation
I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll
Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth
Up Your Alley
The Hit List
Pure and Simple
Evil Stig (with The Gits)
Joan Jett has really done it all, sometimes the expression rock pioneer is thrown around but she really truly is one. She was a vital part of The Runaways, one of the first girl rock ’n’ roll groups from there she got a hand in producing and then branched into a solo career. Some of her best work was done with the Blackhearts, another great group that came along with Joan as keystone. There’s no way you haven’t heard her version of ‘I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll’ or ‘Bad Reputation’, and chances are if you’ve heard it, you like it. She’s also had her hand in some film work as well with roles in a handful of movies and TV episodes as well as doing work for some soundtracks. She was also a producer on the 2010 film The Runaways, a movie about the group. Today Joan is still playing with the Blackhearts, their last album was released in 2006, and hopefully we get a new one sooner than later.
Name: Joan Jett
Clint Maul is back again with a new EP, five songs at about sixteen minutes. I for one am pretty stoked that this is out, everything Clint Maul has done so far has been gold and this is no exception. This might be my second favorite thing he’s put out so far. As far as the ‘band’ most of what comes through is an acoustic and steel guitar. Right now it’s just up for download over on his bandcamp page, so head on over there and get a copy, be sure to throw the man some money because this is one of the best pieces of country music to come out this year. I hope there are plans to put this sucker out on a 7” or something.
‘Three Kings’ A perfect intro song, exactly the type of thing I expect to hear when I hear Clint Maul. I think it sets the mood for the rest of the EP greatly too, a slow relaxing pace. Simple country band sounds coming through under Clint’s easy going vocals. It’s a whiskey sippin type of song.
‘Could You Please Drive Faster’ Reminds me a little more of big country of years ago. I would totally see Willy Nelson or Merle Haggard recording this song; needless to say it’s a great one.
‘Thrift Store Dress’ The title track, opens up already heavier sounding than the rest of the EP with a very bass backing. The middle of the EP is the perfect spot for this song because it’s a middle song; it’s still great but just not quite as great as some of the other songs on here.
‘Every Little Thing’ I’ve got a lot of favorite songs on this EP and this is just another one of them.This is a great example of why this is so good, song four, coming to the close and we’ve still got top quality hit after hit songs coming to you. This is the perfect song to listen to at night sitting on the front porch.
‘About You’ This is probably the song that you’re average alt-country fan will like, it really reminds me of something Lucero or Drag the River might do. It’s a great song, one of the best on the EP.
1. Three Kings
2. Could You Please Drive Faster
3. Thrift Store Dress
4. Every Little Thing
5. About You