Jill Cohn to perform at Steve’s Guitars
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Who: Jill Cohn
When: 8:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: Steve’s Guitars in Carbondale
Tickets: Cash at the door
Singer-songwriter Jill Cohn may be from Seattle, but Colorado feels like home.
“I feel like a real kindred spirit with the state,” she said. “I love playing here, and I love being here. The audiences are just so open.”
Cohn will play Steve’s Guitars in Carbondale for the second time in her career at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday. She’ll be promoting her latest album, “Heartstrings Touching Ground,” which came out in March.
The songs on “Heartstrings Touching Ground” range from pretty ballads to upbeat pop songs, and lyrically Cohn is inspired by everything around her.
“I always get my inspiration from what’s going on around me, whether it’s my problems or the world’s problems,” she said.
She also tried a new, more concise way of songwriting after her father suggested she write a country album.
“I’m not that kind of artist, but I studied old timey country music, which is really concise, and I tried those ideas out,” she said.
“Heartstrings Touching Ground” was produced by Malcolm Burn, who won a Grammy for his production work on Emmylou Harris’ “Red Dirt Girl” in 2001.
Cohn met and worked with Burn on her second most recent release, the 2014 EP “Yellow Rose,” after working with a mutual friend of his.
“I worked with an engineer who [Burn] used on Emmylou Harris’ record,” Cohn said. “I’ve wanted to work with him for such a long time. He brings such a great aesthetic to any recording.”
“Heartstrings Touching Ground” is Cohn’s 11th release, and while it features songs on par with the best of Cohn’s 15-year career in music, the production value is unmatched by any of her previous releases. She said Burn brought that polish to her work and pushed her to write stronger songs, too.
“It was so easy to work with him,” she said. “I was nervous because I didn’t know what to expect. But he’s a very warm, kind individual. He doesn’t give too much guidance, but you want to give it your all in every take because of everyone he’s worked with. And then he just has so many music ideas, so it’s pretty amazing what he brings to a project.”
Cohn said she’s excited to share her songs, new and old alike, in Colorado and at Steve’s Guitars.
“I’m looking forward to being back in his guitar shop,” she said. “It’s a really special place.
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