For Immediate Release: March 8, 2019
Cassandra Jenkins has shared an immaculate, acoustic live version (backed by a lush string quartet) of "Hotel Lullaby" -- a track off of her widely praised debut album Play Till You Win. Jenkins also performs the song live on ABC's new series Musicland (on ABC Localish) as part of a documentary-style video that follows her on a walk through the former Edwardian Room at The Plaza Hotel, where, as a child, she often watched her father play piano.
Jenkins writes: "The song, originally released in its full studio version in 2017, continues to resonate with me on a personal level the more I travel as a performer. The heart of 'Hotel Lullaby' lies in the opening lyric, 'No one's home in a hotel lullaby,' and I like the humor in how literal it can be. It's true -- who is at home when they're sleeping in a hotel? No one. It's a space designed to inhabit a population comprised of people who are far away from home; an encampment of itinerants. It echoes the solitude that comes with travel.
"I relate it to touring, which at times can be surprisingly lonely, often revealed in the private moments spent in hotel rooms. And Loneliness can feel as vast, all encompassing and powerful as the ocean, so as itinerant artists we sometimes have to rely on a light coating of wit to grease those old wheels of darkness."
In the acoustic version, Jenkins strips the song of everything but naked acoustic guitar, a hushed but romantic vocal delivery, and cinematic string arrangements. The tone of the lyrics remains quite somber and distinctly solitary, but the solitude is laced with a humor that is soft spoken. "You have to listen closely to appreciate it. It's a lullaby after all," Jenkins says.
Jenkins has been hard at work this year, contributing vocals and bass to new music from Craig Finn (The Hold Steady), Kevin Morby, Lola Kirke, and Sam Evian. She is also scheduled to appear at this year's SXSW festival in Austin -- exact dates TBA.
In celebration of International Women's Day, Jenkins will hold a women's group sing this Friday, March 8 (7:30-9:30pm) at Grand Street Healing Project [105 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY], in collaboration with Women in Sound. There is a $5 suggested donation at the door. RSVP at the Facebook Event for live updates. Jenkins's women's group sing archive can be found here.
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SXSW dates TBA