"Nearly 30 years after his first album, Gordon should be better known, as should Christensen, who was a staple in the Los Angeles punk and jazz scenes before her extraordinary collaborations with Leonard Cohen, and then a solo career. But these things happen. Now comes a record that adroitly fuses Christensen’s exploratory vocals with Gordon’s vividly drawn emotional and physical landscapes. The result brings out the best in both of them, especially in the way Christensen unearths veins of gold that were hiding in plain sight." ” - Amos Perrine

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"Christensen has most recently been heard from as a member of Divine Horsemen with their album Hot Rise of an Ice Cream Phoenix. Here she performs more or less in the same style of Divine Horsemen as she honors Nashville songwriter Kevin Gordon with a superb set featuring cuts like the slow and ominous "Fire at the End of the World," the rocking Americana of "Find My Way" and the indictment of television evangelists, megalomaniac politicians and others that populate "Gloryland." Pedal steel weeps in the background as Julie sings a cool medley featuring the old school country of "Heart's Not in It" and the Americana of "Down to the Well." The combination of Gordon's strong songwriting skills and Christensen's emotive vocal stylings will have many calling this effort a masterpiece, and rightfully so."--Kevin Wierzbicki, antimusic

"What an inspired idea. Julie Christensen, who has never let a thing hem her in, decided to record an album of songs written and co-written by Kevin Gordon, and set about giving the Louisiana artist some new attention. It’s long deserved. Gordon is an artist of all trades, from painting to poetry to American music from way down in the swampland. Christensen’s voice is a perfect fit for expanding what Gordon has done, taking it to an audience that likely hadn’t heard him much before. Her gorgeous vocals capture the rapture of the Louisiana man’s virtues, and take them to a place where the sky is the limit. She is also able to inject the 11 songs with a realistic sense of drama that isn’t heard everyday. “Fire at the End of the World” is one of the many standouts, conveying a sense of how life in small American towns can rise to a boiling level, leaving all kinds of emotional uproar. In some ways, this album is like a dramatic exploration of what is going on in America: things are getting crispy and there doesn’t seem any solution to rolling things back. Gordon is the perfect songwriter to express all this semi-turmoil and give a hint of optimism that maybe there is a way to the other side. Or maybe not. What is absolutely obvious is that no one except Kevin Gordon has taken on this telescopic perspective looking out from Louisiana. All the musicians on 11 FROM KEVIN have instantly tapped into the beauty of the music from the Pelican State, and helped Julie Christensen create an astonishing album that may not offer any answers but sure make the questions unable to resist pondering. Paradise or bust."
--Bill Bentley, Bentley's Bandstand, AMERICANA HIGHWAYS

A Fine Tribute to Kevin Gordon 

Good idea—and Christensen, who has worked as a backup vocalist for Leonard Cohen, proves fully up to the task on 11 from Kevin. 
Gordon—whose own latest album, Tilt and Shine, is well worth seeking out—is indeed a remarkable songwriter. Drawing often on his own experiences, he produces lyrically economical compositions that paint vivid pictures of faith healers, small towns, suffering souls, and lost loves. Several of his songs cast a cynical eye on preachers and faith healers, including “Gloryland” which echoes the phrasing of Bob Dylan’s “Gotta Serve Somebody,” and the trumpet-spiced “Following a Sign.” 
Christensen understands this music well enough to capture its spirit. She is an assertive singer, and her nuanced vocals and muscular band, Stone Cupid, are an excellent match for the material. Like Gordon’s own work, these performances occasionally flirt with folk but are mostly grounded in rock. The best of them, such as the aforementioned “Following a Sign” and “Goodnight Brownie Ford,” about an encounter with an aged Native American character, are pure gold. -- Jeff Burger, AMERICANA HIGHWAYS: Burger On The Record

"With a distinctive style cultivated in the same musical soil as Bonnie Bramlett, her daughter Bekka, Christine Collister & Little Feat female vocalist Shaun Murphy — Julie Christensen is gifted with a similar smoky stylistic vocal tone. Whiskey smooth with ¼ soul, ¼ chanteuse, ¼ alt-country & ¼ your mama’s late-night lullaby voice." -- John Apice, AMERICANA HIGHWAYS

"Nearly 30 years after his first album, Gordon should be better known, as should Christensen, who was a staple in the Los Angeles punk and jazz scenes before her extraordinary collaborations with Leonard Cohen, and then a solo career. But these things happen. Now comes a record that adroitly fuses Christensen’s exploratory vocals with Gordon’s vividly drawn emotional and physical landscapes. The result brings out the best in both of them, especially in the way Christensen unearths veins of gold that were hiding in plain sight." -- Amos Perrine, NO DEPRESSION

"On the 8-plus minute “Hearts Not In It/ Down to the Well” Christensen gives a vocal performance for the ages and the stunning “Gatling Gun” is just about perfect. The best thing a tribute album like this can do it urge me to want to explore the artist in questions original material, which I now want to do. Great job, Julie and crew." --Daggerzine

"The criminally underappreciated Divine Horsemen vocalist spotlights the work of an equally deserving singer-songwriter with this heartfelt and haunting tribute album."  -- Darryl Sterdan, Tinnitist.com

"I feel a bit guilty saying that Julie Christensen has been a ‘discovery’ to me …. and hopefully you too; as she’s been in and around the scene for ‘many moons’ … but she has been a discovery and a great one too; plus listening to Kevin Gordon’s fine songs in this format has been an absolute blast – congratulations to everyone concerned." -- Rocking Magpie (UK)

“When singer, and sometime insurgent, Julie Christensen chose to make an entire album dedicated to the songs of Kevin Gordon, it led to an ideal dynamic…enabling her to draw on [the music’s] passion and pathos with equal measures of deliberation and determination…Hopefully then, 11 From Kevin: Songs of Kevin Gordon will bring further attention to both of the artists involved, and, in turn, bring them some added appreciation. Reverence and respect go hand in hand, and in this case, it makes for nothing less than an absolutely inspired combination.”
— Lee Zimmerman, The Alternate Root
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Julie Christensen is a singer who paints the moon every time she gets near a microphone. Maybe that's because songs run through her veins, whether she writes them or chooses them. It's not hard to discover today who's up there on the tightrope risking their lives to stay in the music business, because for them there is no other way to live. …Christensen sounds as new as tomorrow. … her voice remains a miracle. And she'll take you there too. ” - Bill Bentley, author/writer/A&R

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