Jillette Johnson, Joe Pisapia

Thu Dec 5 2019

7:00 PM (Doors 6:30 PM)

The Basement

1604 Eighth Ave South Nashville, TN 37203

$8 ADV/ $10 DOS

Ages 21+

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Jillette Johnson, Joe Pisapia

  • Jillette Johnson

    Jillette Johnson

    Singer-Songwriter

    For Jillette Johnson the journey has been as integral to her musical experience as the destination. Jillette, who began taking music lessons and penning songs as a child, has been performing live since she was 12, captivating audiences with her sultry, thoughtful piano-driven tunes. The musician, now 24, has spent the last decade cultivating her sound and defining her unique perspective. When she moved to New York City from her small town of Pound Ridge, NY at 18, Jillette was already familiar with the city and its clubs, from Sidewalk Cafe to The Bitter End to Rockwood Music Hall. 

    In early 2012, Jillette inked a deal with Wind-up Records, who were drawn in by her track “Cameron,” an inspirational number that explores the struggle of a transgendered person whom Jillette knows. The song appeared on the singer’s five-track EP, Whiskey & Frosting, which came out in August 2012, a prelude to her June 25, 2013 Wind-up Records’ debut album release, Water In A Whale. Culled from six months worth of recording sessions at Wind-up’s New York studio, the album traces Jillette’s experiences and ideas about living in the city and being young in today’s society. She finished the album fall 2012, just before going out on tour, and as it turned out those weeks on the road shifted the musician’s sensibilities. 

    “There’s this funny thing that happens when you go on the road,” Jillette says. “Because you’re not around the people that you’re normally around and you’re in a different environment and you’re constantly being creative and putting out things. Your voice starts to change, both literally and figuratively. I just started growing really rapidly and my perspective started changing a lot. I got back two weeks before Christmas and I knew that we had to have everything done by the first of the year. So I had six months to make the record and two weeks to change everything. A lot of artists don’t get that opportunity, to be able to have the album that they made and come back and make tweaks. That’s pretty rare and I got to do it.”

    The final album, which features the five tracks found on Whiskey & Frosting, centers on Jillette’s soaring vocals and the sparse, haunting piano lines she wrote to accompany them. Produced by Peter Zizzo (Vanessa Carlton, Avril Lavigne) and Michael Mangini (Joss Stone, David Byrne), the album reveals Jillette’s pensive reflections on the world around her, all of which lead to a deeper understanding of self-identity. The real power comes from those songs about the musician herself, however and the rest of the album follows in tone.

    Water In A Whale opens with the explosive and powerful, “Torpedo,” a song about resilience. “I wrote it about my relationship with my career and my unwillingness to give up on my dream,” says Jillette. “I've been writing and playing music for whoever would listen since I was a little kid, and with that has come a lot of rejection and heartache. ‘Torpedo’ is about absorbing those blows to my ego and then bouncing right back up to fight.”

    The poignant “Cameron,” was written both from personal experience with someone the musician knows and from the idea of what it means to grapple with who you are. The glowing number focuses on what it means to be authentic to ones’ self, a universal theme. “I do have someone in my life that’s transgendered and I’ve learned a lot from this person,” Jillette says. “But I think I actually wrote ‘Cameron’ more about myself and about that feeling of being alien in your own skin. It’s been really awesome to play that song around the country and meet people who share stories that may have to do with being transgendered or may have to do with feeling a little bit different.” 

    “When the Ship Goes Down,” a hushed ballad, plays with the idea of the immortality you feel when you’re young while the sultry “Bassett Hound” offers an unbalanced account of unrequited love, based on, as Jillette says, “every time I showed too many of my cards and wanted someone too much.” The ethereal “Pauvre Coeur” treads similar ground, excising the anger the singer felt about a relationship that started to “devour” her. “True North,” a soaring and epic number written in that urgent two-week period last winter, touches on what it means to return home, a fulcrum for the musician’s ideas about her identity. “It’s about coming home and accepting the failures that you endure along the way,” Jillette says. “And realizing that you’re gonna have a place to come home to, and that’s the home inside your own head when all the other voices go away. Because they’re not you so they don’t care enough to stay that long. You’re still going to have your own voice and that’s what coming home means to me.”

    Jillette brings her impassioned live aesthetic onto the album, infusing each number with a sense of intimacy and fervor. The songs shift from light-hearted buoyancy of “Bassett Hound” to the heavy urgency of “Cameron,” showcasing a viable array of musical – and lyrical – inspiration. For Jillette, whose years of experience and practice have set her up for what’s to come, the goal is to bring these songs to life for as many people as possible. 

    “The next year or two I think are wide open, in terms of what amazing things could happen,” the singer says. “And I think it’s just up to me to work hard every day and have a lot of luck. I hope to really build my live show. I can’t get to hung up on what exactly will happen. It’s really just about every day playing my heart out and connecting with fans over human experiences.”

  • Joe Pisapia

    Joe Pisapia

    Alternative

    Joe Pisapia is a singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work as a member of Guster and k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang. He co-produced and co-wrote Guster’s 2006 release, Ganging Up On the Sun, an album that cracked Billboard’s Top 25 and was one of the best selling internet albums of the year. He did the same on the band’s 2010 Easy Wonderful. He produced and penned the title track for lang’s 2011 album, Sing It Loud, and acted as music director for the accompanying tour.

    As a producer and mixer, he’s worked on some of the finest indie rock and pop and Americana records to come out of Nashville in the last few years. Among his credits are Ben Folds Five’s The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind, Drew Holcolmb And The Neighbors’ Medicine, Chuck Mead’s Free State Serenade, Josh Rouse’s Country Mouse City House, Courtney Jaye’s The Exotic Sounds Of Courtney Jaye, Matt Wertz’s While We’re Becoming, William Tyler’s Lost Colony E.P. and Paper Hats, The Silver Seas’ Alaska and The Pierces’ self-titled album. When the Grammy Award-winning band Fun. needed orchestral recording for its Grammy performance, they called on Pisapia.

    Born and raised in Rahway, New Jersey, Pisapia migrated to Nashville in the mid-1990s with his brother, the drummer Marc Pisapia, as the namesake members of Joe, Marc’s Brother. Following its Rick Clark-produced self-titled debut, the band quickly became progenitors of a burgeoning indie pop and rock scene that included artists such as Josh Rouse, David Mead and Lambchop. In 2000, the release of the Robin Eaton, Roger Moutenot and Brad Jones-produced Around the Year with Joe, Marc’s Brother cemented the band’s reputation as masters of the pop-rock genre. While Joe, Marc’s Brother as a unit now performs infrequently, Pisapia continues to record and perform as a solo artist. His 2002 release Daydreams was given four stars and called “stellar” by AllMusic.com. Ron Sexsmith called 2015’s Nightvision, “amazing” and the “best thing” he’s “heard in a long time.” He’s currently working on a collaborative EP with singer and songwriter Kate York.

    He lives in East Nashville with his wife Jennie and cat Ernie.

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Jillette Johnson, Joe Pisapia

Thu Dec 5 2019 7:00 PM

(Doors 6:30 PM)

The Basement Nashville TN
Jillette Johnson, Joe Pisapia

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