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Covington KY based singer/songwriter Wonky Tonk has released her brand new 7 inch record "Love Detox" via Leesta Vall Sound Recordings.
"Love Detox was an idea that came together in pieces. 'Peter Pan from Brooklyn,' originally called 'Weird' was recorded 4 years ago and originally intended for the full length "Stuff We Leave Behind" but never made the cut. 'Four letter word' was written in one night, recorded the next day but had no place to go and couldn't stand as a single. While extremely different in feel and style these songs fit together so so well on a true 'a' and 'b' side; the light and dark side of the moon. The two together came at a time following a break up and visit to a Chicago Tarot
card reader and thus marked an era I called "Love Detox;" a time to let go, clean up and rediscover self love, the magic of the world and the kindness of strangers."
-Jasmine Poole AKA Wonky Tonk
The "Love Detox" 7 Inch was announced on January 31st with the stunning Four Letter Word video, which was premiered by That's Why We Musyc.
"With lyrics so painfully genuine and her bare soul laid out before the world, Poole paints the most epic fucking picture... "Four Letter Word" is brilliant. No bullshit, no tricks or games. Just Poole and her artistry… brave, authentic, and absolutely striking. All these emotions and situations play in our lives but ultimately we all have an underlying bare connection that makes us human. Poole gets me in touch with that, the simplicity and rawness of life."
-That's Why We Musyc
Wonky Tonk is constantly on the road (well over 100 dates a year for the past few years) and this year makes no exception. You can find a full list of TOUR DATES via her website.
"Wonky Tonk" Poole grew up in the hard scrabble portion of the American heartland. Kentucky, to be precise. Her world of loss and longing is familiar terrain for lovers of country, bluegrass and folk music but, just as Kentucky can be viewed as a bridge between north and south, Wonk's music blends elements of Indie/Alternative rock with old school country. It's hard to separate the wonk from the tonk. Nor should you try.
Wonk's influences, John Prine, Guy Clark, Modest Mouse
and Loretta Lynn
among them (especially Loretta), are apparent but her music is not derivative. Loretta, Skeeter Davis, Iris Dement and Jenny Lewis
come to mind but none of her comparables quite pin her down. Wonk is her own cowgirl. "Cowgirls get up in the morning, decide what to do and do it", she was told as a child. Fiercely independent but naturally shy Jasmine uses her alter ego and blue cowgirl boots to deal with the notion of impossibly cruel but equally exhilarating existence.
One byproduct of youthful innocence is a constant disappointing, bewildering surprise:
"You used to call me baby
You used to call me darlin'
Now you don't call me at all"
Another is vulnerability and manipulability:
"In the greasy ballroom
You whispered in my ear
Darlin' life is a gamble, romance a drug
The whole world is dancin'
Won't you give in and love"
Her eleven song debut release Stuff We Leave Behind deals with the necessity of moving on at critical points in your life. Stuff that once seemed important must be cast aside, ex-lovers relegated to the shadows. "Heartbreak makes the jukebox play", she was once told. Her song titles reflect her wandering spirit and a fascination with time and place. "Cleveland." "Denmark." "Tennessee." "Montague Road." A veteran troubadour at such a tender age, Wonk has toured Europe
with the same restless drive as her native Northern Kentucky.
Tom Robbins told us that even Cowgirls Get the Blues but all is not remorse and regret. Jangly sunshine pops through the clouds unexpectedly, such as in "Parkland Avenue" (arguably the best track). Though softly. Without the glare.
Wonk's lyrics are worth a read even without the music. The album tracks her evolution as an artist and a person. The gravel, rutted road to an emerging wisdom.
"Tennessee didn't you hear
Money's not real and neither is fear"
Pay attention to Wonk. Not just because she is talented and beautiful. Pay attention because she has an important purpose. To help you remember. To help you forget. Or to help you remember why you chose to forget.