"Cosmic Western Duets" was produced in the Lost Cowgirl studio by Martin Farrell Jr. All of the instruments were recorded by Jenna and Martin.
The duo met as banjo players at Winfield Bluegrass Music festival in 2016 and bonded through their love and appreciation for classic country music. They started learning Gram Parsons/Emmylou Harris duets and quickly realized their voices nestled well together. Determined to write and create classic country music in a new way they create vintage vibes and nostalgic emotions. Martin makes his telecaster guitar and pedal steel "speak" like a dog, cat, truck, telephone or whatever the song requires.
In 2017 they moved out to Peculiar, Missouri to live with Jenna's Grandma and a lot of the songs from this album were born during that time. "Cosmic Western Duets" tells real stories about their love, determination, and struggles they experienced during this time. The album is layered with trippy pedal steel noises, fast pickin banjo, experimental telecaster sounds, rockin' rhythms, gospel harmonies, heartfelt emotions, and surprising stories. An interview and the album has been featured on KCUR, NOLA county radio and Denver Jamgrass, and has been called "FAR OUT and DOWN HOME".
Rooted in the Flint Hills of Chase County, KS Elexa is a Native woman, mother and activist whose music draws from Americana and Roots styles. "Music is Medicine" is a concept album that took her down a path to rediscover the lives and history of women who walked before her.
Every lyric on "Music is Medicine" conveys not only a strong personal message, but one that will profoundly speak to listeners. Lost Cowgirl Records is honored to help Elexa share her inspirational, story-telling songs with the world. Elexa also shared her passionate story with the First People's Fund and received a grant that assisted her in the journey of articulating her dreams and desires for her career as a singer and songwriter.
Elexa is the founding member of Kansas' folk homegrown favorite, Weda Skirts (formerly The Skirts). They have released two self produced albums: Many Moons - 2016, Mother - 2018. Elexa's original music is sultry and spirited and the tone of her voice has been described as "warm honey mixed with prairie dirt".
Elexa writes "Music is Medicine was conceived when two streams of my life came to a convergence. I’ve been working in music with bands but the time came for me to pursue a solo career that was buoyant and moving forward. I also longed to become more connected with my relatives up north in Michigan and Canada because the Great Lakes are my Anishnabe ancestors’ home. I wanted to reconnect my past and future generations, learn about what was so I can direct what is to come, and share my journey through the music. I needed medicine to heal that trauma that has been passed to me from the past seven generations so I did not burden my next seven generations. I used this project as a way to heal my personal wounds and I hope it will be useful in that way to many."
"Wind" Tiny Desk Video
Produced by Lost Cowgirl Records.
"I See Me" Official music video
Video recorded by Ben King.
"His Name" Live
Video recorded and produced by Lost Cowgirl Records.
Released June 2018
“A gift to the more traditional country fan. With some quality melodies it even manages a neat commercial edge. Fans of high quality country music with an echo of the past should give it a spin. It’s quite impressive.”
-Country Music People Music Magazine
Jenna Rae's modern day country music that she calls "Cosmic Western" includes elements of bluegrass, rock n roll, and gospel. Jenna's unique sounding voice fits somewhere between country and bluegrass and has been compared to Kitty Wells and Tammy Wynette. Her songwriting is edgy and different and can easily translate from being played with a bluegrass band or with a honky tonk band. Some people say it's almost like she's talking while singing, and each song telling a story of it's own.
"Workin' Woman" was the first album released through Lost Cowgirl Records and is a thematic album inspired by many years of working as a nurse by day and musician by night. It was named one of the top albums of the year by River Trade Radio. "Angels Among Us" was featured on a Spotify curated playlist called Cosmic Country. It also received a great review from Europe's Country Music People magazine.
Jenna writes "Being a young woman in today's America holds many opportunities that weren't there for women 30 plus years ago. During this integral point in human history, I hope "Workin Woman" serves to celebrate how far we have come, and inspires us to keep bettering ourselves. I dedicate this album to the lady who taught me to be a workin' woman: my mom."
The 12 track album was recorded over a three week span in the woods of Aitkin, Minnesota on Tame Fish Lake. It was produced by Martin Farrell Jr. in the Lost Cowgirl studio. All of the acoustic guitar, vocals, drums, banjo, and saxophone parts were recorded by Jenna. Electric guitar, bass, piano, harmonica, multi kord pedal steel, and mandolin were recorded by Martin Farrell Jr. Three tracks feature the dobro man from outer space Chad Graves, including the song "Here In Kansas" that turns from a country ballad to a bluegrass breakdown to a New Orleans style ending. Pedal steel player Mike Poholsky of the "Twang Daddies" is also featured on four tracks including "Dreamin", a simple, three chord song that has been played with many different bands over the past few years. The album was produced by Martin out of their self designed recording rig called "Tame Fish Studios".
Along with her solo music, Jenna's projects include:
Jenna & Martin
"Angels Among Us" Official music video
Video recorded by Ben King.
"Gotta See It All" Live
Video recorded and produced by Lost Cowgirl Records