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Two generations of singer-songwriters at Tahoma Tea on Saturday

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on Aug. 21, 2012 at 5:22 pm with No Comments »
August 21, 2012 5:22 pm

Fleur Jack/Courtesy photo
Seattle Singer-songwriters Jill Cohn and Fleur Jack will perform Saturday at a free all-ages show at Tahoma Tea.

Here’s a bonus: Where else can you say you saw Jack and Jill in concert together?

Sorry, couldn’t resist that one.

The show is being promoted as “two generations of Seattle Songwriters.” When I spoke to Cohn today she wasn’t shy about telling me she’s 48. Jack, Cohn said, is young enough to be her daughter.

Cohn didn’t put out her first record until 30, late for a musician, she said. “I’ve always dealt with the ageism thing,” she said. Industry types would hardly give her the time of day when she was starting out.

“Little did they know I’d still be a touring songwriter at 48 and putting out my ninth record,” Cohn said.

When Cohn saw a new generation of singer/songwriters emerging she had a epiphany.

“When I stopped worrying about the age thing I realized it is two generations of songwriters. I’m proud of that.”

The show on Saturday will highlight those two generations.

Jill Cohn/courtesy photo
Cohn’s latest release Beautiful I Love You is a collection of lush and ambient folk music with a hopeful outlook. It was produced by Martin Feveyear who has worked with her on previous projects and has also produced for Brandi Carlile. She’s opened for Jewel and Dave Matthews.

Cohn’s music covers road trips, love stories and making mistakes among other subjects. It has been featured on WB’s “Smallville” and the BBC’s “Skins.” It was those TV shows that opened her up to new audiences.

“As an independent artist it’s really difficult to get yourself placed in film and TV,” she said. After her music was placed on the shows it “opened me up to the younger generation.”

Jack is a New Zealand songwriter who recently settled in Seattle. She released her debut album Ghosts of Cimarron in April. Jack was the front woman for alt-country/pop band Fleur Jack and the Jandals in 2010. She’s now performing solo.

“She’s a really poignant young lady. She reminds me of herself when I was starting out. She really is the next generation of Seattle women coming up,” Cohn said.

Cohn is excited about the show at Tahoma Tea and the local coffee house scene in the Tacoma/Seattle area.

“It’s such a vibrant area here. (Coffee houses are) kind of keeping the whole songwriter scene alive.”

Fleur Jack and Jill Cohn in concert
When: 7-9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Tahoma Tea, 1932 Pacific Ave., Tacoma
Tickets: Free, Donations are encouraged.

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