GDFAF: Jenny Owen Youngs

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GDFAF: Jenny Owen Youngs

I went to see the mighty Jim White at the Birmingham Barfly last night and a mighty damn fine gig it was, too. I’ll do a full write-up tomorrow. Promise.

The support act was Jenny Owen Youngs. I’d never heard of her before and missed the beginning of her set due to a pizza oversight that involved my younger brother [AKA Brother Younger]. Well, that was my loss. A feisty angel from New Jersey, she performed a beautiful acoustic set and effortlessly charmed the pants off a large segment of the audience, mine included.

Her MySpace profile says that “her songs straddle the heart-wrenching and the tongue-in-cheek and say giddyup.” Well, that combination works for me, and I couldn’t put it better myself. This wasn’t just your one of your run-of-the-mill oversensitive singer-songwriter types emoting by numbers. This girl had grit, attitude and an infectious sense of mischief. She ended her set with a blistering cover of Nelly’s “Hot in Herre” that actually worked, fer Chrissakes. If I had a bit more money in my wallet at the end of the night I would have snapped up one of her CDs.

The fact I was somewhat smitten by her had no influence on my judgment, of course. Of course.


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My name is Tom Lennon and I'm a freelance writer who specialises in humour at the geekier end of the pop culture spectrum. I'm based in Birmingham, UK, and my work has recently appeared in BuzzFeed and Time Out.

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