Julie Christensen (Genre: Americana/Rock/Pop/Jazz)
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Visit Official Site: Julie Christensen’s background includes two world-tour stints singing with the great Leonard Cohen, and co-fronting SST post-punk proto-Americana rockers Divine Horsemen in the 1980s. Her brand of “luscious Americana Art-Pop” is showcased in her 2012 release “Weeds Like Us” on Household Ink Records out of Santa Barbara. “Weeds” is a collection of songs for the unlucky, brave, and tough produced by Jeff Turmes, of Mavis’ Staples’ band.
Julie has been accompanying herself on guitar lately, surrounded by her many musical friends and allies, and is looking to book concerts, house concerts, festivals and listening room situations throughout the U.S. and Europe. She and her family currently reside in East Nashville.
A quick gander at Christensen’s long, winding and heartfelt road in music touches on the landscapes – cultural and actual – which helped shape her “Great Plains Soul” vision. Born in Iowa City and raised in Central Iowa, she spent some years in Austin, Texas and wound up in Los Angeles in time to soak up — and also influence — the rich post-punk and roots-revival scene there.
Her musical path included a co-leader role in the seminal, SST-signed country-punk band Divine Horseman, working on her ne’er released album for Polygram with Todd Rundgren, and a significant stint as a background singer with Leonard Cohen during his fertile late ’80’s-early ‘90s period.
Her close link to Cohen’s world was revived last decade with work on high profile Cohen tributes around the world, and a featured spotlight in the documentary I’m Your Man, singing his classic “Anthem.” Along the way, she has also sung with the varied likes of Van Dyke Parks, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, PiL and guitarist Robben Ford.
Julie is currently leading and working with her band Stone Cupid. You can find information for Stone Cupid here.
Read a featured article on Julie published in The East Nashvillian, September 2015, here.
Read the article titled “Former Punk Rocker Sings a New Tune in Musical Hotbed East Nashville” published in No Depression, September 2015, here.
Hear Julie talk about her Leonard Cohen audition & the 1988 Austin City Limits show here.
Julie joined with Alejandro Escovedo for his annual birthday show. Read the article published in Lone Star Music Magazine, January 12, 2016, here. Read the blog posted in The Austin American Statesman here.
Read the February 2016 album review of Stone Cupid’s THE CARDINAL published in Blurt, by Michael Toland, here.
Read Julies very personal June 2018 interview posted on CornerstoneOfRecovery.com here.
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