Karen Jonas’ fifth album The Southwest Sky and Other Dreams is a flashback-fueled fever dream of Americana songcraft and storytelling. Taking the vast desert expanses of the American Southwest as her backdrop, Jonas embroiders small-town snapshots into vivid explorations of our inner struggle between ambition and inaction.
The Virginia singer-songwriter’s most accomplished and evocative expression to date, The Southwest Sky and Other Dreams captures that aching space between romantic dreamstate and numb reality like few before.
“It’s amazing that our brains are capable of sustaining this whole existence of imagination … of these dreams and goals and ambitions,” mulled Jonas, chatting from her Fredericksburg home. “But sometimes that’s enough. Because sometimes the action isn’t really critical to get you through the day.”
Karen Jonas: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Tim Bray: Electric Guitar
Tom Hnatow: Pedal Steel, Wurlitzer
Seth Morrissey: Bass
Seth Brown: Drums
Auxiliary Instruments: E.P. Jackson
All songs written by Karen Jonas
Produced by E.P. Jackson and Karen Jonas
UK/EU Release: 28th August, 2020
Format: CD, Vinyl & Digital