“The names have all been withheld as Julie Christensen and Stone Cupid tag their characters with titles on her recent release, A Sad Clown. A mother wears the skin of the title track, admitting ‘your mama’s just a sad, sad clown’, the realization creating a confident honesty as experiential advice is passed between generations. A rhythmic shuffle introduces a “Burning Star,” taking center stage in an after-hours parking lot and a dreamy audio mist plays a Springsteen song on a tourist town jukebox with “Exile on Myrtle Beach”. Stone Cupid spins the music for A Sad Clown, crafting a mountain Folk jam to launch “Slow Blue Fly”, rising like waves of heat in the lightly plucked notes of “The Sun”, quietly strumming support in “Like Nothing Hurts”, and picking up the pace for the lover’s quarrel raging in the trailer park for “Honey, Let’s Go to Town”.
Currently based in East Nashville, Julie Christensen followed her vocal prowess, having the good sense to let her magical voice lead the way into the Austin, Texas-based band Passenger before re-locating to Los Angeles, founding The Divine Horsemen with Chris D (The Flesheaters) and touring/performing as a back-up singer for Leonard Cohen. Her seventh album release, Julie is again backed by Stone Cupid, she and the band staging the stories of A Sad Clown against a musical backdrop of raw acoustics. A ragged rhythm shudders in “Cold Tennessee Rain” as Julie Christensen and Stone Cupid trudge over a persistent drive of strums for “Anything Like Home” and hop on a honky-tonk ramble with “Vienna, Illinois” as A Sad Clown re-imagines Tom Waits’ on his tune “Hold On”.”
- Danny McCloskey
Danny McCloskey, The Alternate Root