Formed in and around some of Southern California's finest open mics, dive bars and dorm rooms, Mojo Stone is a barn-burning, sweat-pouring, old-school five-piece rock n' roll band. Harnessing and re-contextualizing elements of folk-rock, rockabilly and soul in the service of a full-frontal rock assault, the group's incendiary live show has entertained audiences in venues across the country; from Oakland to Texas, Los Angeles to New Mexico. Mojo Stone released their debut E.P., "Hatchet," in 2011, and a second E.P., "Strange Honey," is forthcoming. Stay tuned for new music, an updated tour schedule, and various other shenanigans.
The Juniper Trees is the new musical project of Jenna Herbst and former members of Sarina Simoom, a Denver based band. The Juniper Trees birthed from the decision to be re-inspired and re-invigorated by music and also to heal from the trauma of having a band name that no one, nor their mother, could pronounce or spell correctly. And dammit, spelling is important.
The Juniper Trees combine the twangy soul of rock with the modern folk sensibility. With banjo, classical and steel string guitar, harmonizing vocals, an occasional fiddle thrown in, upright bass, and eclectic drum styles, The Juniper Trees are a mix of rich melody, and non-traditional song structure and meter.
Jenna's solo recordings are a soulful rendition of the songs; sparse, rhythmic and melodic, she is sometimes soaring, and sometimes driving. Check out her solo recordings on the Music page.
Jenna's solo album, entitled "From My Living Room," being recorded, guess where? You got it: In her living room, is due out in September.
The Juniper Trees are currently working on their first album as a band, and are still offering for sale all three albums by Sarina Simoom.
"It's the kind of music that can make your entire body feel like jello – like you're falling in love – because you most likely are."
Glowing House does not set out to make you fall in love with them, but it is easy to see why more and more people leave their shows feeling something special. They are a trio of educated musicians who strongly believe in the potential deep within the most basic elements of music, which all too often get overshadowed by gimmicks.
Their harmonies are polished; "not a microtone off." Their melodies are meticulous and serve as a perfect vessel for the lyrics, which seem to be what Glowing House slaves over most. Each word carries a weight that makes even the most casual listener pause to hear the next verse.
Given the variety of instruments on the stage at any given time, it is easier to say that Steve Varney plays with strings, Jess Parsons plays with keys, and Patrick Kline plays with anything that can be hit or shaken. Parsons and Varney split the lead vocal duties, but all three merge on harmonies.
Whether the song is slow and soulful or unrelentingly upbeat, their instrumentation and style places them squarely into the genre of new-age folk, garnering comparisons from fans to one of their biggest influences, The Swell Season.
Their first full-length album, 'The Annual Demise of Every Aspen', was released in 2009 and collected positive reviews from publications in their hometown, Denver, Colorado. This first album was made during a time of uncertainty as to what the band was becoming—a vision now being made clearer every time they set foot on the stage or in the studio. The second album, which is already well underway, will truly be a Glowing House record; full of offerings and nuances by each member to create an original collaboration.
It is their love of honest music, their ability to enrapture audiences, and the results of hours of hard work that allow them to end most of their more intimate shows as an unplugged, huddled trio—completely exposed in front of their listeners.
"It takes talent and confidence to pull that off, and Glowing House has both in spades."