Janet Pressley manages to transcend the folk, blues, and rock genres without leaving them behind. She weaves these traditions into a musical tapestry on her two discs, Late Last Night and A Deeper State of Blue. The albums are rich with haunting imagery, warm and velvety vocals, and refreshingly beautiful lyrics. The guarantees in Janet's music are elegant musicianship and soul-bearing lyricism.
Based in hometown Cincinnati, Ohio and recording on the Blue Jordan Records label, Janet weaves a warm, sometimes melancholy, but always entrancing musical web. Her lyrics show her gift for seeing the sacred in the everyday as well as her keen sense of the subtle shadings of life, love, romance and spirituality. Her tasteful, understated and melodic touch on acoustic guitar provides the framework for her songs and for her voice, a tender. welcoming, and sultry mix with an expressive timbre not unlike that of Sam Phillips.
Her latest release, A Deeper State of Blue, was co-produced by Janet with Tyler Brown, local rising producer whose recent work includes Gwendolyn Speaks, The Marshwiggles and Katie Reider.
The tracks on Deeper Blue range from intimate portraits of love lost on Shell to the mysterious blues-tinged grooves of Darkest Hour, to the infectious folk-pop of Dropping Out of the Sky.
Her debut recording, 1997's Late Last Night, was produced by Monk (and former Over the Rhine) guitarist Ric Hordinski at his Mersey Beat Studio in Cincinnati, and features his melodic, ambient playing as a sympathetic counterpoint to Janet's supple acoustic work.
The album's songs showcase Janet's impressive songwriting range, from the elegant groove of the regal Earth Beauty to the jazz-flavorings of Kiss; from the uptempo rock of One Man Talking to the soothing and lovely Lay Down.
Check out Janet's mp3 page for free samples of music from both of these releases.
"Her songwriting is endearing, eagerly inviting you to make yourself at home...in this particular home, think of Janet's voice as the plush armchair that wraps its soft leather arms around you as you sink down into it." - Jason Killingsworth, Paste Music