Robertson’s voice is arresting, both worldly-wise and artless, effortlessly floating over whiskey soaked songs washed with blues and country influences.
Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Jessi Robertson grew up in a tiny upstate New York town of under 1,000 people, but eventually moved to the big city and carved out a place for herself. Her first full band studio album, “Small Town Girls” (2011), follows that journey with lyrics focused around the issues of domestic violence, mental illness, and alienation. 10 percent of album proceeds will be donated to The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization.
In her previous self-produced release, “Who We Are, What We Have Done” (2008), Jessi blended electronic and folk elements with intensely personal lyrics. Singles from the album have appeared on television and in independent films. “Atlas Shrugged” was featured in the film and trailer for Trooper, an independent film about veterans returning from war. Jessi also wrote and recorded two songs specifically for Trooper, “Broken Soldiers” and “Never Let Them See You Cry” (available on Bandcamp).
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