Jill Sobule

Jill Sobule,  Luna Artist

Jill Sobule can claim her place among the stellar New York singer-songwriters of the last decade. Topical, funny and more than a little poignant ... grown-up music for an adolescent age. Not a bad description coming from New York Times pop music critic Jon Pareles. And those are the words he used to sum up singer/ songwriter/ guitarist - and now Luna artist - Jill Sobule.

"I've had so many musical influences," Jill says. "I guess my first guitar teacher would be a start. Mr. Cowen, was this old (maybe he wasn't all that old, but when you are 10 everyone looks old) guy who once played in Nat King Cole's band. He taught me how to play old blues songs and he didn't make me learn to read." Not reading music certainly didn't hold Jill back. When she joined her junior high school band, she used her talent for playing by ear to fake her way through rehearsals. The Denver native went on to play with funk and rock bands in Colorado, eventually recording her first album for MCA, Things Here Are Different.

Jill's songwriting showcases her eclectic spirit, embracing subject matter that includes everything from the death penalty, anorexia, shoplifting, and reproduction to the French resistance movement, true (and not-so-true) love, adolescence, and the Christian right. Her career, which really caught fire after the debut of "I Kissed a Girl," has had her inducting Neil Diamond into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, performing with Neil Young and Warren Zevon, acting in independent films, and composing music for the Nickelodeon network's Unfabulous show. Happy Town, Pink Pearl, and Underdog Victorious are among Jill's other album releases.
Jill plays a Luna Sol. "I am always suspect of new guitars from new (newish) companies that on surface look really original and good," she says. "But, this one will not just be on the walls or the back of the closet. I will be playing this one ... a lot."
Playing Radio City opening up for Joe Jackson" is the gig she calls her best. And when she's not making music, Jill labels herself "a news junkie. I wake up and go to the New York Times, Huffington Post (where I also blog), Salon, and strange extreme right-wing Christian blogs." She also does a monthly column for Performing Songwriter magazine.

The artist declares herself most proud of her "eclectic nature. I try a lot of stuff. Sometimes it doesn't work, but, hey. Right now I am writing for my next CD. I am being very hard on myself this time around. I have been touring tons over the last couple of years. I am taking a bit of a break, but still do a few shows a month. I have been doing these really fun shows with Julia Sweeney (SNL and one-women show fame). I sing a song, then she tells a somewhat related story. She is a genius."

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