Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

May 30, 2013

PAART presents a summer of great women vocalists


CROSSVILLE — Performing Artists Alliance of Rural Tennessee (PAART) remaining 2013 First Fridays performance events feature an eclectic lineup of artists and genres. The summer months are filled with talented women vocalists singing the blues (and a little country). Fall brings exciting cello/guitar fusion, sweet folk/Americana and then a whole weekend of funny stories at the fifth annual storytelling festival. The 2013 First Fridays season ends with rich, velvety holiday music played by a stage filled with tubas. Then 2014 is kicked off with the return of classical pianist, Thomas Pandolfi.

Blues artist EG Kight takes the Palace stage Friday, June 7. Kight’s musical style transcends musical boundaries and has been called “country-flavored southern-fried blues”. With a blend of americana, southern rock, blues, pop, jazz, gospel and funk, she is helping to shape contemporary blues. In the past couple of years, Kight has worked two shows with B.B. King, produced an album for an Americana artist, and was involved in international fundraising in Japan and Mexico. Kight has appeared on NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion”, and one song from her segment was re-broadcast on the Listener’s Choice Program.

PAART’s all-American July 5 presentation is Jeanne Jolly, an old-school country singer blending Nashville roots with rock, jazz and even a bit of classical. Singer/songwriter Jolly broke onto the music scene as the featured vocalist for Grammy Award winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti. Touring all through North America she had the opportunity to sing with world renowned symphonies and perform at venues like Carnegie Hall and play marquee events such as the Monterey Jazz Festival. A diverse, classically trained vocalist, Jolly’s voice is said to embody the early belting power of Linda Ronstadt combined with the delicate lilt of Alison Krauss.

Find Blues relief on a hot August night with Jenna & Her Cool Friends. When vivacious vocalist Jenna Jefferson gathered Her Cool Friends (“Detroit” Dave Meer on guitar, Keith Ford on guitar, Michael Crawley on harmonica, Glyn Loyd on bass, Kevin Redding on drums, and Ben Maney on keyboards), a very cool new Blues band with an all-star lineup was born. In less than three years together, they have become our region’s most popular Blues band. 

All of PAART’s First Friday performances are presented on the stage of Crossville’s beautiful, historic Palace Theatre. Tickets for these events are $12 for adults and $6 for students and can be purchased by calling the Palace Theatre at 931-484-6133 or online at Information on the remaining 2013 First Fridays series can be found on PAART’s website

PAART is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to presenting talented performing artists in order to enrich, educate and entertain while keeping ticket prices affordable and performances accessible to all.