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Christabel & the Jons: Custom Made for You

Posted in Christabel and the Jons, Knoxville Music on January 13, 2009 by AmericanaPulse

One of my goals for this blog in 2009 is to do a better job of shining a light on some of the many, many wonderful artists who call Knoxville their home. Knoxville is located in East Tennessee, in the heart of Appalachia, and has a strong tradition of producing top flight musical talent. With plenty of live venues and a rare assortment of independent radio stations (WDVX, WFIV, WUTK), local artists of all genres have plenty of room to flourish in this town. It’s time I started to showcase some of this local talent and try to help expose them to larger audiences.

Today, we focus on local swing/jazz/folk group Christabel and the Jons.

Christabel is actually Christa DeCicco, a University of Tennessee grad who had been performing in and around Knoxville for years before forming Christabel and the Jons a few years back. Weary of simply doing “the singer-songwriter thing,” she began collaborating with percussionist Jon Whitlock in 2005 in an attempt to help flesh out her sound. The band now also employs Molly Sue Cavender on upright bass and multi-instrumentalist Seth Hopper on everything from violin to accordion to trumpet. DeCicco herself plays guitar, accordion, and banjo in addition to providing lead vocals.

When all the elements come together, they create a bluesy, jazzy blending of old-timey mountain music, Western swing, and classic Americana. Christabel and the Jons’ latest effort Custom Made for You was released at the end of December and has created a nice buzz around town. The band was featured on the December editon of Tennessee Shines alongside The Hackensaw Boys, and the album has received quite a bit of air play on WDVX.

Here are two tracks from the album that show a bit of the range of the band. The first is the title track, a full-on swing number that will have you out of your seat and dancing. The second, “Closer to You,” is more a sultry torch song that shows a different side of Christabel’s sound altogether.

The only link I could find to purchase the new album is the one on the band’s myspace page (that’s where the “buy album” link will take you). You can get one there, or go catch a show when they come to your town.

Christabel & the Jons: Custom Made (Buy Album)

Christabel & the Jons: Closer to You (Buy Album)