Jane Lee Hooker

This is about a band who captured the spirit of Aerosmith and all the other great rock bands from the early 70’s. The music might not be the same, as Jane Lee Hooker branded their style of music as “punk blues” but the defiant and raging sound of JLH can be easily compared to this era of rock and roll. The all girls band from New York City performed during their European tour in Karlsruhe as well as in many other cities in Germany. Dana ‚Danger‘ Athens (vocals), Melissa ‚Cool Whip‘ Houston (drums), Tracy High Top (guitar), Tina ‚T Bone’ (guitar) and Hail Mary Z (bass) set the “Jubez” in Germany on fire this evening.

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The people in Karlsruhe were patiently awaiting the rock, the air was thick and steeped with tension. I did not know what to expect and little did I know that I was about to see one of the most amazing bands perform live. Sophisticating but still rare and gritty. These words describe best the distinctive way Jane Lee Hooker deliver their music.

“We wanted this album to sound like we do live – raw and high-energy. And we operated under the same credo we had with [our debut release] No B! – all live, no effects, no pedals, no overdubbing nonsense. I think we captured the excitement, and we have the same real sounds that we loved so much on No B!”

-The band about their new album “Spiritus”
And indeed their music is pure and simple but still extremely electrifying.
The show started with a cover of Muddy Water’s “Mannish Boy” and the crowd erupted in applause about the excitement and passion the band captures in their music. And clearly, this passion was to be recognized in the stage performance which mirrored their fiery and vast passion. All in all one of the most authentic shows I’ve seen so far.

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Dana Athens, a woman with a voice as outstanding as Steven Tylers: raspy, bursting and interspersed with determination. Listening to her, one completely immersed into the rock and roll spirit. She proofed the versatility of her vocals in the song ‘How bright the moon’. But most of all Dana and the whole band are a great inspiration and their edgy spirit empowered me heavily. And it has to be mentioned that I only felt like that before when seeing Aerosmith or the Stones live. It is very rare to find a band producing music the old-fashioned- but still the sterling way.
Not only the velocity but also the thundering and aching guitar soli build the core to “I believe in my soul”, a song that happened to be the acclaimed climax of the concert. All five members contributed their individual talents to every song – and that’s what perfected the concert. The drummer, as well as the bassist, are true mavens in their metier. The people would leave the concert being sweaty and most of all happy.

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This band deserves to be heard. It has to be heard! we have to keep spreading this kind of music. Because it is not just rock and roll it is a way of living, simply a way of being. It is so much more than “just” music. JLH is by far one of the most talented bands and could easily play in venues fitting thousands of people. We need to give bands like this the chance to blossom.

Don’t miss your chance to see these incredibly talented musicians live!
S.A

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