Press & Reviews
"Asheville's Native songbird Jane Kramer has gone global, garnering fans from Scotland to the West Coast with melodies sweeter than red clover and bucolic musings Joni Mitchell would drool over. But Kramer's heart and music remain firmly rooted in Appalachian clay: bittersweet lyrics wrapped within the homespun humor of the Southern Highlands."
Asheville Mountain Xpress
Max Hunt December, 2017
"Jane is an excellent vocalist and songwriter. She is squarely within the roots singer-songwriter canon from Patty Griffin to Emmylou Harris to Bob Dylan and John Prine. Her album production is lovely as well. It's nice to hear a young, rising female artist within this tradition who is doing it right."
Eli Wolf, Senior Director of A&R Blue Note Records
Carnival of Hopes world premiere on The Bluegrass Situation
“Her connection to Appalachian music is also enigmatic… Though her current album moves beyond those roots, adding poetic verses, catchy melodies and the kind of personal insights that feel universal."
Alli Marshall February 23, 2016
“[Jane] embraces songwriting that runs through a gamut of emotions, with heartache, regret, fear, and hope resounding deeply in her lyrics, and each tune is delivered with a voice that only be described as one of the purest in modern Americana.”
Dave Stallard February 24, 2016
“The ‘voice’ is there once again, living her songs and breathing life into lyrics that demand and hold attention. The themes move from the highs to the lows of life with the smoothness of shadows on silk. Kramer has an enviable ability to reflect feelings that mean something to the artist in a way that makes them mean something to all of us. These are personal emotions shared and understood.”
Tom Franks December 7, 2015
“I’ve got this feeling about 2016; any year that starts with an album as beautiful as Jane Kramer’s Carnival of Hopes can’t really go wrong. This is a stunningly good album where every detail is right; the arrangements are varied, the melodies are powerful and Jane’s vocal delivery moves effortlessly from pure and clear to cracking with emotion. As for the songs, they’re raw, honest, self-deprecating and poetic…”
Music Riot (UK) 5 Star Review
January 9, 2016
“Both celebratory and introspective, Kramer takes a good long look at her failures and fears on Carnival Of Hopes, stares them down and finds a core inner strength … and hope. That self-examination is underpinned by some wonderful bluegrass and New Orleans influenced playing, and Kramer ’s own heaven, but earthy sent vocals."
Pete Whalley November 18, 2015
“Kramer writes with an awareness of our (female) imperfections; realistically and refreshingly painting us as multi-faceted individuals who make mistakes, experience insecurities, regret and worry.”
Tara Joan February 5, 2016
“Jane Kramer is writing and playing classic folk with mountain influences, her strong voice lilting through honest expressions of life, love and the human condition.”
Asheville Citizen Times
Carol Rifkin February, 2016
“Her honey-smoked voice is especially distinctive; in as much as I can’t really compare it to anyone else; and that’s meant as a huge compliment.”
December 8, 2015
“In these torrid times a new year can indeed feel like a carnival of hopes. But North Carolina singer-songwriter Jane Kramer mixes sweet good feeling with bitter regret in this charming collection of string band Americana and tear-shaped memory.”
Joe Breen December 31, 2015
"North Carolina singer-songwriter Kramer's second solo album delivers a feast of subtly memorable Americana which provides an ideal vehicle for her exquisitely expressive brand of music-making. The Appalachian balladeer reflects on the vagaries of the human condition with grace, honesty and charm in the process..."
Kevin Bryan November, 2015
“Kramer is a brilliant lyricist; while much is made, understandably, of her vocal abilities, Kramer is one of those songwriters who draws the listener into her stories with her lyrics. When paired with the unforgettable melodies that Kramer seems to effortlessly pluck out of the air to complete the picture, it makes for compelling listening. Even if you’ve never lived the life that Kramer explores in her songs, you’ll feel some affinity; the melodies alone are irresistible and there’s always that voice. While artists from Alison Krauss to Nanci Griffith have been mentioned in the past when Kramer’s vocals and songwriting have been considered, Kramer has a distinctive voice of her own. Hints of most of the major players in her field can filter through on occasions but for the most part those vocals are pure Kramer.”
Malcolm Carter May 2, 2016
“It takes no time at all to settle into this… From the count in at the beginning of Half Way Gone, a tasty slice of Western Swing packed with the sweeping fiddle runs courtesy of Nicky Sanders, the North Carolina songstress delivers ten original songs, whilst pointing out that her own carnival of hopes is ‘busted and hideous and rusty and somehow still brave and sparkly’, an image illustrated by the cover artwork, particularly the abandoned fairground ride.”
Northern Sky 4 Star Review
Allan Wilkinson, 2015
“Steeped in tradition, while showcasing her talent for creative, personable songwriting, Kramer’s songs are poetic and illustrative; speaking of ruin and heartache, but also reminding us that beneath the scars, there is hope, faith and ultimately redemption.”
Jane Roser February 26, 2016