In her almost 30 year career, Jenny Lewis has been a child actor (cult films such as Troop Beverly Hills and TV shows like The Golden Girls), and a musician, first with the band Rilo Kiley (formed in 1998) and eventually branching out to a solo career in 2006.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Jenny Lewis is one of my favorite singer/songwriters. She’s got one of the best voices out there, and this week she’s back with a brand new album called The Voyager.
I first saw Jamie Cullum one night back in 2003. He was the musical guest on Late Night With Conan O’Brien. I had never heard of him before then, but after watching that performance (of his song “Twentysomething”) I became an instant fan, and still am to this day. In some ways, he and his band, made up of just three members altogether, reminded me of Ben Folds Five, another of my favorite groups. I didn’t know it then, but he had just released his third studio album.
Even though “Twentysomething” was the song he performed that night, it was another song on that disc that quickly became my favorite. In late 2009 he released his fifth CD, and they are all excellent, but “All At Sea” from the Twentysomething CD is still my favorite Jamie Cullum song. It’s probably the only official “jazz” song in my top 100 songs of the last ten years. My wife and I got to see Jamie perform a few years back at The Grove in Anaheim, California. This was the one song I was hoping he’d perform, more than all the others, and he didn’t disappoint.