Author: Leon Blair
So I've stated before how 2014 was a very important year for me as a music listener. If 2010 was the year that I got into country in general, 2014 was the year that I really dug into the underground scene. Those were the days when I had a new awesome act thrown at me every second for my listening pleasure. Needless to say I absolutely loved it. Now, there were a lot of high profile names (at least at that time in the underground scene) that released some truly excellent albums that year including Sturgill Simpson, Don Williams, Old Crow Medicine Show and many more.
However, there was one person during that year who released an album that not only stood toe to toe with the absolute best, but did it all on just her debut album. I'm of course talking about Karen Jonas, and her album, Oklahoma Lottery, an album that I actually didn't even get to hear until last year. Let me tell you folks, that praise was certainly well earned, especially for Jonas' deep, complex and most importantly nuanced lyricism. Then you have the fact that her voice carried so much emotion to really sell those songs, and you have a shining example of why she accumulated all of that praise in the first place.