Press & Reviews


“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."                                                   

Mountain Xpress                                                                                                            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.”

Blue Ridge Outdoors                                                                                                         David 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.”

FolkWords (UK)                                                                                                                   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."

Get Ready to Rock                                                                                                             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.”

The Daily Country                                                                                                             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

“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.”

Rocking Magpie                                                                                                                 December 8, 2015

“Songs that build around such emotions, use that folk setting to create the heart of the songs while the acoustic instruments entwine with the rhythm section and effective use of occasional jazzy brass (Why’d I Do That Blues). All of which makes for an interesting album that rewards a closer listen and suggest that Kramer is an artist who will steadily grow.”

Lonesome Highway                                                                                                           Stephen Rapid                                                                                                                     January 10, 2016

“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.”

The Irish Times                                                                                                                 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..."

Get West London                                                                                                               Kevin Bryan                                                                                                                   November 30, 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.”                                            

Penny Black Music                                                                                                           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                                                                                                                   Allan Wilkinson                                                                                                                

“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.”                   

That Music Mag                                                                                                                 Jane Roser                                                                                                                           February 26, 2016