A CD of Jenny Tolman’s demos tied to the top of a roll of toilet paper with glittery gold and leopard skin ribbon, and a note that reads “Stan, you’re gonna shit when you hear this”, now sits among the treasured collectibles on the desk of legendary booking agent, Stan Barnett (Buck Owens, Keith Whitley, Brenda Lee, Lady Antebellum). Jenny Tolman, an old blue eyed soul at 21 years of age, has already left her mark among the legends, even if only in that high rise office over looking downtown Music City.
Born and raised in Nashville TN, having grown up around the music business, her grasp of country music’s roots are well beyond her years. She is classy and courageous behind a guitar, sassy and self deprecating in spirit, and masterful in her ability to make sense of life’s ironies by putting them under a poetic microscope.
Often compared to a young Emmy Lou Harris, Jenny’s voice is striking in its subtlety, and vibrant in its personality. As she’s been performing around the country from California to Massachusetts, having opened for such acts as Alabama, Love and Theft, Brandy Clark and Cole Swindell, the response from fans of all ages has been overwhelming.
The truthful spirit of classic country music is evident on Jennyville, Tolman’s debut album. Dave Brainard (Brandy Clark, Jerrod Niemann, Sunny Sweeney) produced the album and gave every track a vibrant, larger than life feel, but it’s Tolman’s writing and the purity of her voice that makes it sound like such an instant classic. Tolman says,“ Dave was so confident in my talent, constantly challenging me to reach beyond my limitations, and frankly the only producer in Nashville crazy enough to let me put a stripper pole in his studio…. but that’s a story for later.”
Tolman and Brainard worked on Jennyville for over two years, moving from guitar and vocal work tapes to the highly animated tracks that make the album so convincing. In an era where many artists settle for taking safe shots at radio, the two took the time to hand craft a concept album that feels more like a completed work of art. Brainard says, “We just tried to have fun with capturing Jenny’s unique perspective on life and I feel we were successful in painting some bright colors around some meaningful subject matter.” He adds, “For some reason, neon sparkly pink comes to mind.”
As everything country music could be again, Jenny Tolman brings that refreshing charm to an art form that so many of us cherish.