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JJ Baron / Press

“ JJ Baron—Brand New Stranger 2006, Rhody Records Well! After listening to just a few of the songs on Brand New Stranger I thought that JJ Baron must a talented Austin musician who has been hanging out refining his craft with members of The Flatlanders for the last 20 years or so. Actually he was born 23 years ago and comes from Providence, RI. His voice reminds me of Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and his alt-country tunes are ripe with fresh licks and turns of phrase. He is equally at home backed by pedal steel or rocking out on his acoustic guitar. The fact that he’s got Slaid Cleaves in for a duet on one of the songs should help get JJ noticed. This album is strong all the way to the final track, an elegy for June Carter. There hasn’t been an artist this alive on arrival since Steve Forbert! Essential! —Michael Devlin ”

““JJ reminds me of myself 20 years ago. Except he has a lot more talent than I did. JJ's got the gift. He knows how to craft songs that give you the goose bumps, he plays a mean guitar, and he has a great attitude. In the next few years, the folk world will come to know JJ Baron, and I'll be saying, 'I told you so!' " - Slaid Cleaves”

“Brief Reviews by Stephen Hug“Brand New Stranger” by JJ Baron (Rhody Records)—I’ve known JJ for a couple years from his performing and hanging out at the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, MA. So I’m familiar with a lot of these songs, and have seen their effect on audiences. There’s no question—this young man has what it takes to be a MAJOR Americana artist. JJ knows how to write, play and sing a tune—and he knows how to surround himself with talented players, including Slaid Cleaves, Jim Weider (The Band), Stu Kimball (Bob Dylan), Buddy Cage (New Riders of the Purple Sage) and others. If you’re an Americana DJ you should be playing this record, because it is immediately likeable. And if you’re a club owner, you should be booking JJ Baron now before you can’t afford him. I’m very serious about this. And JJ, a word to you—you’ve got to tour in the deep south and out west. This is an excellent record.”

Stephen Hug - JJ Baron Reviewed

“Support acts can be transcendent or trash. Some 12 years ago, I traveled down to New Haven to see John Hiatt perform. The opener that night was an unknown singer-songwriter who was of only mild interest to the crowd. She had a decent voice, some fine songs, and an alluring stage presence. I remember thinking, "pretty good opener, but it's hard to picture her making much of a splash in the music world." I was wrong. Unheralded Sheryl Crow made it. Big. Last week, I went to the Iron Horse in Northampton to catch Slaid Cleaves. The opening act was a young singer-songwriter from Providence, who has yet to release a record, named J.J. Baron. His vibrant Dylan-meets-Hank set earned a highly unusual opening act encore. Although I have been wrong about these things before, I predict this kid will make the same kind of splash I never expected from Ms. Crow. - Dave Madeloni The Berkshire Eagle March 2005”

Dave Madeloni - The Berkshire Eagle

“JJ Baron is a consummate storyteller who weaves his tales around shimmering pedal steel and six-string acoustic. The singer’s debut album, Brand New Stranger, is packed with perceptive lyrics sung in a high lonesome voice that paints vivid pictures of hazy, smoke-filled juke-joints and backwater motels, populated by hard-drinking cowboys who have, more often than not, been done wrong by their honky-tonk women. It’s no surprise, then, that Hank Williams haunts this record (in a good way) and is explicitly evoked on the foot-stomping, title-track opener as his ghost goes driving by.”

“JJ has shared the stage or worked in the studio with the following musicians: Guy Clark, Slaid Cleaves, Dar Williams, Peter Mulvey, Catie Curtis, Todd Synder, Tim OBrien, Pauline Reese, Professer Louie and the Crowmatics, Jim Weider {the Band},Paul Geremia, Joyce Katzberg, Dan Blakeslee, Graham Weber, Ryan Fitzsimmons, Max Creek, Stu Kimball {Bob Dylans Band} Buddy Cage {new riders of the purple sage} Jenna Nicholls, Sam Bisbee, Ian Thomas, Verlon Thompson Back Eddy Bluegrass Band Atwater and Donnelly, Otis Read, Abi Tapia, Will Sexton, Jimmy Synder and many many more”

Jake Blake - Has worked or shared the stage with:

“His vibrant Dylan-meets-Hank set earned a highly unusual opening act encore…. - Dave Madeloni, The Berkshire Eagle, March 4, 2005”

Dave Madeloni - The Berkshire Eagle

"JJ Baron's stuff has spit and grit and humor, things you would normally need to look pretty hard for, but here they are, all in one guy." - Peter Mulvey

Peter Mulvey - Peter Mulvey Says

“Baron meshes a sound both new and familiar with an acoustic six-string in hand. The result has been a string of solid "alternative country" songs. One of the area's most promising songwriters." - Jim Vickers, Motif, June 16, 2004”

Jim Vickers - Motif

“This album is strong all the way to the final track, an elegy for June Carter. There hasn’t been an artist this alive on arrival since Steve Forbert. Essential. —Michael Devlin”