Historic venue Turner Hall will host a release party Saturday, Jan. 5, to celebrate Music Box Dancer, the latest release by local bluesy-voiced singer-songwriter Abby Jeanne. The album is now available digitally and in an LP format.
Milwaukee “apocalyptic western” duo Saebra and Carlyle, and friends of Jeanne’s, will also perform at the release party. Doors open at 7 p.m.; the show begins at 8 p.m.
Music Box Dancer, influenced in part by Bay View’s Hi Fi Café (a place Jeanne said has impacted her life significantly) and its eclectic jukebox of 45 records, along with her travels through India and a personal tragedy, is the artist’s second full-length album release.
Recorded by Daniel Holter of Wire & Vice Studio in Wauwatosa, the album is the first release on Jeanne’s new record label, Hi-Fi Records.
During a recent telephone interview, Gurn noted that 2018 was “a crazy busy year.” Besides hosting the “Cosmic Weekend” music and art festival in October, she received a $20,000 grant from Backline, an organization which provides coaching and mentoring services for local musicians.
The funds enabled her to professionally record Music Box Dancer, which she considers to be her debut album.
Jeanne’s 2017 album Rebel Love, which she recorded in her living room, “was more of a beginner’s project,” she noted. Having limited resources, the singer played multiple instruments on the album.
Jeanne now performs and records with a band, which consists of two guitar players, a bass player, drummer and the occasional horn players and backup singers.
Music Box Dancer contains nine tracks (including singles “Cosmic Beings” and “Be in the Sun,” released on 7-inch vinyl for WMSE’s Record Store Day April 21 of last year), which reflect Jeanne’s fondness for a variety of musical genres, including punk, rock, ska, soul and psychedelia.
The January 5 show marks Jeanne’s first time headlining Turner Hall. The show will feature a set list of new and old songs, a viola player accompanying the band, an elaborate stage with props reminiscent of conceptual art and a piano performance by Jeanne.
“It’s going to be a really dynamic set, a mix of everything,” said Jeanne, adding that the show will contain “some surprises.”
“I just really want to show people the inner workings of my head,” she said. “(This album) is a taste of my life; my world. That’s how I see this show.”
Go See It: Abby Jeanne “Music Box Dancer” album release at Turner Hall Ballroom; doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.