Meet Jenny Tolman, just named by Rolling Stone as one of 10 country artists you need to know!
Jenny Tolman was born and primarily raised in Nashville, but Boston is also in her blood. Her father is from Boston, so Jenny has been coming here, several times a year, since she can remember. In fact, it was her dad's musical background that influenced Tolman into a life of country music. Her dad moved to Nashville when he was young, and performed with a group called The Indian River Boys. Jenny started playing piano by ear at age 3. she would come home from church and start playing the songs she sang in mass. This sassy yet sensitive singer/songwriter has an old soul, and a new pole. A stripper pole. True story. Jenny's sweet, seasoned voice may be drenched in country folklore, but she is a thoroughly modern woman! And she does, in fact, practice pole dancing. Jenny has captured the attention of audiences, and critics alike, with her clever lyrics and approachable, warm vocals reminiscent of Lee Ann Womack, one of her idols. Her single, "Stripper For A Week," masterfully blends a catchy, country throwback vibe with edgy, persuading production. Jenny describes her sound as "country, sassy and pure." And that really says it all.
Tolman came into our studios on Morrissey Blvd recently to perform a couple of her originals. She was Jenny on our block for a day. Look and listen to this seriously talented star in the making.
Here's the song everyone is talking about, "Stripper For A Week." Do not judge this book by it's title.
Jenny shows her sensitivity with the poignant, "Something To Complain About."
Check out the official, single release of "Stripper For A Week"
- Plays piano, guitar and flute
- Biggest influences: Lee Ann Womack, Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert, Sunny Sweeney, Alan Jackson, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris and Brandy Clark.
- Has opened for: Cole Swindell, Michael Ray, Lindsay Ell, Love and Theft, Brandy Clark and Alabama
- All-time favorite country songs: (loves story songs!) "A Boy Named Sue"-Johnny Cash, "I'll Think Of A Reason Later"-Lee Ann Womack, "That Summer" -Garth Brooks, "Just to See You Smile"-Tim McGraw, "Hold My Hand"-Brandy Clark, and "I Hope You Dance"- Lee Ann Womack
- First country concert: Taylor Swift's first headlining tour
- Currently digging on Country 102.5: "Tin Man"- Miranda Lambert, "Every Little Thing"- Carly Pearce. ("Yay girls!")
- If you weren't a musician, you would be: "a circus performer. I love the idea of running away with the circus. I do pole dancing and aerial skills, so I would hone those and hit the road!'
- Most proud moment: "Whenever I get a message from a fan that has heard a song of mine at a show, or online that really affected them, and they are so grateful. That makes me proud to do what I do."
- Craziest thing that happened in your music career: "I sat backstage at a Garth show, eating dinner with Trisha Yearwood, and talked to her about pole dancing. It was crazy!"
- Other fun facts: Does a mean Randy Houser impersonation, likes to bake (gluten free or paleo), does pole dancing and loves watching Dolly Parton interviews.
Jenny On The Social Block
I chatted with Jenny on the air about being this weeks's Catch and played a sample of her single, "Stripper For A Week." Take a listen:
Every week, Kruser's Local Catch highlights New England’s homegrown country music talent, and tells you where to catch them locally and in Nashville. Click here to view previous catches.
If you would like to be considered for Catch of the Week e-mail your information and a sample of your work to [email protected].
The Local Catch is powered by Shiner Bock, brewed in Texas since 1909!