The first thing that hits you when you see Christabel & the Jons perform is lead singer/songwriter Christa DeCicco’s velvety effortless voice. Sultry, southern, and laid back, her classic delivery and stage presence often draws comparisons to Billie Holiday, Madeleine Peyroux, and Norah Jones. While the similarities are there, she’s also developed a sound that’s all her own, with earthy melodies and swingin’ rhythm guitar work. Currently touring the US from coast to coast and Europe, she is quickly solidifying her reputation as one of the country’s finest up and coming folk/jazz singers. Multi-instrumentalist Seth Hopper adds colorful ambiance to the songs with his virtuoso assortment of violin, mandolin, trumpet, and accordion. The snappy rhythm section is led by Jon Whitlock on drums with Chris Zuhr on upright bass. The group mixes their original songs with thoughtfully arranged jazz standards, western swing, and classic country for a sound they call “Tennessee swing.”
They have released 4 albums, “Love and Circumstances” (2006), “Custom Made For You” (2008), “Live from the Walnut Room” (2009), and “The Christmas Album” (2010). Their fifth studio release, “The Same Mistake” will be recorded later this year. These new songs show the influence of 1950s-1960s exotica, bossa nova, and samba beats on the group’s country swing feel.
Past performances include: Bonnaroo, Riverbend, Floydfest, Bele Chere, Blue Plum Festival, McMenamins, The Mediterranean Festival of the Arts in Crete, Shakori Hills Festival, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Tennessee Shines, and Sundown in the City. They’ve also opened for many national acts including The Brazilian Girls, The Be Good Tanyas, The Red Stick Ramblers, The Wilders, and Loudon Wainwright.
To purchase an album online, please visit http://christabelmusic.bandcamp.com.