I’m a huge fan of music discovery and my latest discovery is newcomer Jenny Tolman. With a voice that brings comparisons to — at times — Joey Martin Feek, Miranda Lambert and Emmylou Harris, Jenny has an independent spirit and a poet’s heart. Now reading the song title “Stripper For A Week,” Jenny’s first single from her upcoming album Jennyville, may not immediately bring poetry to mind but when you actually listen, you hear echoes of classic Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn honesty in the lyrics, the sly humor of a Kacey Musgraves or Matraca Berg and a brash recall to Mary Chapin Carpenter’s “I Feel Lucky” in tone. Then, when you add in the production of the track, from Dave Brainard, with its countrified take on some Chaka Kahn & Rufus inspired melodies, the elements which make "Stripper For A Week" add up to an impressive first impression with.
It’s rare to have a new artists like Jenny, who is fully-formed and ready for primetime with their first album project but then again, few artists out there are like her, which is why every comparison matters above. They’re all singular talents and from what I’ve been able to hear from Jenny’s forthcoming album and this debut single, Jenny Tolman has a bright, bright future ahead of her.