**JUDY IS BACK IN THE STUDIO WORKING ON A NEW CD WITH CRAIG**
Will be setting up a couple of YouTube things from our Largo shows this year. We're recording ...
Haiku for my fans:
When the Big One Hits:
I'll die eating three bean salad With my fat legs And my crippled dog
Judy is also back to writing her book.
Stay tuned for updates on Judy and Craig new live shows.
Latest news in Judy's press page...
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JUDY HENSKE: BIG JUDY How Far this music goes
I love this new Rhino collection. You can get it yourselves only at Rhino Handmade. Order
Read the HARP Magazine reveiw.
Henske Gets "Big Judy" Treatment from Rhino Handmade....
NO YOKE NO KETTLE
I don't want people to call me a "folk pioneer". It's as if I were Ward Bond or Willa Cather crossing the burning desert with my yoke of oxen and a cast iron kettle.
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Linda Ronstadt is a torch singer then Judy Henske is a flame thrower"
- Andrew Vachss, "Bluebell"
Judy and Craig are playing a few gigs in Hollywood at the Little Room, which used to be the original Troubadour, now called, Largo at the Coronet.
Their first show was Jan 12 and then again on Feb 5 and Judy is scheduled to play again Mar 24th. Judy & Craig were joined on stage by the wonderful Don Heffington on percussion last show....and will likely have company again on the 24th.
"We're having fun doing a different show each time we play in the Little Room. The club is very cool. Flanagan (the owner) is treating us great and everyone who works there: Michael, Matt, (& Bob) is nice & helpful. I'm love playing Hollywood for a change. 'Come up and see me sometime...like March 24th! ...IT'LL BE FUN!
I can play anything I want from my old catalogue as well as anything we want from my new cds....and we get to try out our newest songs we've written for our next CD (which is looking more like two cds...
JUDY'S COMMENTS ABOUT HER BAY AREA TOUR SHE & CRAIG JUST FINISHED
Pix: Mindy Giles
I loved San Franciso more than any city I was ever in on the road. It's got everything. It's got atmosphere.. even when it isn't nighttime you still feel like you're in a movie. It's got fog. It's got fog horns. It's got the Golden Gate Bridge, sometimes covered in fog with just the city shining through. It is so incredibly beautiful. It is the perfect temperature for me at all times. Cool, cold...sometimes warm...but never too hot. I LOVE IT and I really loved the San Francisco nightclub, BISCUITS & BLUES. And I loved SWEETWATER in Mill Valley. Among the best stage experiences I ever had. The audiences were as hip as the cities.
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We sold out all our shows in the Bay Area. What a lot of fun it was. We wish you all had been there. xxjudy
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Bonnie had these wonderful comments following the show at Sweetwater
"Judy is a force of nature,..great singer / songwriter / performer. She's hilarious, poignant, witty and totally unique. She and her husband Craig are an experience you don't want to miss. I've wanted to see her ALL my life!! She is my favorite..there is NO ONE BETTER" - Bonnie Raitt 7/24/05
Maria's note about Judy's Sweetwater appearance:
between a wickedly droll and whimsical wit, and the ability to
HEY EVERYBODY!! I'M HITTING THE ROAD IN CALIFORNIA!! HERE IS SOME NEW TOUR AND RADIO INFORMATION FOR JULY 2005**
JUDY WILL BE DOING A LIVE RADIO SHOW FROM FREIGHT AND SALVAGE CALLED WEST COAST LIVE! ON JULY 9 - THIS BROADCAST IS 10:00am to NOON. JUDY AND CRAIG WILL DO A FEW SONGS AND A INTERVIEW. THIS IS A VARIETY SHOW THAT GOES OUT ALL OVER THE WEST COAST. IT IS CARRIED ON MANY PBS STATIONS AND WILL ALSO BE ON SIRIUS RADIO 108. THE INTERNET INFO ON THIS SHOW CAN BE FOUND AT http://www.wcl.org
JULY 10 JUDY WILL ALSO BE MAKING A LIVE APPEARANCE ON KPIG, SANTA CRUZ- "PLEASE STAND BY WITH SLEEPY JOHN" SANDIDGE. BE SURE AND TUNE IN FM 107.5 This show streams live. http://www.kpig.com.
JULY 13 JUDY & CRAIG WILL BE PLAYING IN MILL VALLEY AT THE FAMOUS SWEETWATER. SHOW TIME IS 8:30- 153 THROCKMORTON 415-388-2820 TIx $17
ON THURSDAY, JULY 14 2005 THEY WILL BE AT BISCUITS & BLUES in SAN FRANCISCO. SHOW TIMES ARE 8:30 and 10:30. 401 MASON ST. 415-388-292-2583 RESERVATIONS recommended. THEY ALSO HAVE GOOD FOOD THERE. tix $15/17
ON JULY 20 JUDY WILL PLAY IN THE SANTA CRUZ AREA, AT DON QUIXOTE'S INTENATIONAL MUSIC HALL IN FELTON, 6275 HWY 9. phone 831-603-2294 doors open at 7 and show time is 8pm Tix $12/14
AND, ON THURSDAY JULY 21ST SHE AND CRAIG WILL APPEAR AT 'MONTERREY LIVE, IN MONETERREY. 414 ALVARADO ST. ph/ 831-646-1415 tix $14/16
TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND COME ON! IT'LL BE FUN! xxJudy
MINDY GILES IS BACK WITH JUDY AND CRAIG AS HEAD OF ALL PRESS MATTERS AND UPCOMING TOUR INFORMATION:MINDY's CONTACT# is 916/456-6508 - mail MinGiles@AOL.COM
Judy will be on SIRIUS RADIO this coming SUNDAY FEB 6 2005 as guest on DAVE MARSH'S new satellite radio show called: KICK OUT THE JAMS - 10 to 12 am Sunday. This is a wonderful show for Judy to be on, and we hope Judy fans can tune in to the show. TURN ON YOUR RADIOS - shoud be fun!! Sirius Radio station #148. Here's a http://www.shorefire.com/artists/sirius/pr_sirius_10_19_04.htmllink about Marsh's show.
Judy and Craig have finished recording their new CD, "She Sang California". There are 13 new recordings - both live and in the studio. It's available for purchase RIGHT NOW! FOR THE HOLIDAYS!
"Judy always liked songs that tell a story and on this album she gives that impulse free rein. These are the sort of stories you might hear if you had the good fortune to be around the right campfire or on the right stool in the right bar at just the right moment" (Steve Hoffmann 11/04)
WE'RE ON LINE WITH SECURE ORDERING- AND NOW HAVE MORE OF MY CD'S THAN ANY OTHER SITE.. FINALLY! .. Power to the Artist! xxjudy
TUNED for info on upcoming performances. We'll be touring to support
the new CD.
WILL BE PERFORMING AT DIZZY'S IN SAN DIEGO THIS COMING FEB 25, '05,
8:30 show DIZZY'S IS A GREAT ROOM AND ALSO HAS A GREAT BALDWIN PIANO
FOR CRAIG. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE.
- Here's our first piece of press on Judy's new CD. Buddy Blue is a music critic for The San Diego Union, and appears as well in The Sacramento Bee and The San Jose Mercury Press. Judy's distributor has scheduled nationwide release for February '05. _____________________
SALUTATIONS, PUTOHOLICS! JUDY HENSKE has given birth to a new album, She Sang California, which I yam honored to have sneaked in some guitar, dobro and background vocal work on. The album also features such heavy company as Judy's husband, supersession pianoman/master composer/arranger Craig Doerge, plus Lee Sklar, Graham Nash, Russ Kunkel, Norton Buffalo, Richie Hayward and many other fine musicians.
Judy da Cootie (as I affectionately call her) is known as the legendary Queen Of The Beatniks; the woman whom Sam Cooke biographer Daniel Wolfe says put the whorehouse back into the blues; the literary muse of creepy old Andrew Vachs; a one-of-a-kind combo platter of Bessie Smith, Sophie Tucker, Lenny Bruce, Allan Ginsberg, Tom Waits, Dorothy Love Coates, Jean-Paul Sartre, Rusty Warren, Tuli Kupferberg, the Marx Brothers, Frank Capra and Shirley MacLaine.
Judy is the most uniquely talented person I've ever worked with -- her recordings and performances combine every cool style of music under the sun with stand-up comedy, beat poetry, vaudeville, philosphy and method acting. "She Sang California" is, in my opinion, her best album ever. It'll make ya alternately laugh, cry, dance, drink and think. S'a goddamned masterpiece, is what it is. The official release of "She Sang California" (I believe she also sings New Orleans, Chicago, Memphis and Western Wisconsin) isn't until February but you can pick up a pre-release copy at Judy's website www.judyhenske.com. While yer in there, sign her guestbook and tell her I done sentcha. Buddy Blue
of the Beatnik Queen
Wedged between those last two is "Tin Star," another comic turn that's
not really a joke. "Oh my child, you'd be better off dead / than to
live all your stories in your head / and spend the rest of your life
at home in bed," she sings, and it sounds like an account of how she
decided to return to what she was born to do. But then she muses in
the next line, "Although I hear that worked for Howard Hughes," and
you realize that this is one artist who's never wasted a second. She
sees clear through love and smoke, both. May she make a record a year
for the next 34.
From The New CD, "Loose In The World"
It's somehow fitting that Judy Henske has returned to record-making
at the very end of the Twentieth Century, releasing this dark gem of
an album just under the wire. She steps back on the scene after much
too long an absence - yet she's picking up right where she left off,
with the same wickedly humorous take on the world she's always been
known for. and if anything, the world is both more wicked and more hilarious
than when she first stomped and wailed across the stages of America.
Judy's unflinching vision and dagger-true voice are needed now more
Judy Henske reclaims a niche in American music that no one else has
ever quite filled. When she began recording in the 1960's the critics
always had a hard time categorizing her - she was at once a folk diva,
a nightclub chanteuse, a hipster comedienne and songwriter of great
poetic nuance and craft. Back in those days, when traditional songs
were often treated with an excess of reverence, she could rip into folk-blues
material like "Wade in the Water' and "Duncan and Brady" with enough
hell-bent abandon to shock them back to life. Her fiery version of "High
Flying Bird" remains the definitive one. Later, her songs in Farewell
Aldeberan avoided the introspective preciousness of the era in favor
of more exotic, moodier vignettes. Henske is a genuine original, and
if that makes her hard to categorize, it enriches her as an artist.