BLUE FUNK, Jessie Rae's 2016 release, is raw and full of feel. The tracks on BLUE FUNK include originals by Joan M. Meyer and Lauren G. Semler as well as the cover Garden of Eden by John Dawson of New Riders of the Purple Sage. BLUE FUNK is about living in the real world of climate change, suicide, mourning, corporate greed, struggling to make ends meet, letting go, getting let go, flashing back, and in spite of it all, still finding a way to be thankful. Jessie Rae skillfully fuses contemporary and existential themes into dynamic and spirited songs.
This demo features Jessie Rae's original music since the 2000 release of their CD A Tribute to Jill. Percussionist Mike Crabbe adds his soulful grooves to each track. This CD displays Jessie Rae's own flair for R&B, blues, rock & reggae.
Released September 2000.
Recorded, engineered and mixed by Joan M. Meyer at Jessie Rae Records in Portland Oregon.
Joan's other work
Members: Paula Jo Vaden,
Margo Girard, Dana Vion,
Cheryl Camelio, Joan Meyer
Original song by Joan Meyer "It Came Down to Me"
Jessie Rae's featuring Joan Meyer, has been described as "roots pop with a blues edge" and "cool funky folk." The band displays a flair for R&B, blues, and reggae. They also have a knack for playing a more mellow, acoustic sound that incorporates jazz, folk and rock. Joan's song. "It Came Down to Me" is a wonderful addition to the soundtrack as incidental music.
Joan Meyer releases another round of originals featuring some of Portland's finest musicians including Lauren Semler and Jim Bronson on guitars, Wendy Coburn on percussion & backup vocals, Kipp Crawford on drums, Matt Burnett on keyboards, Phil Hornik on bass, Clif Koufman on congas, and Donna Rae on backup vocals.