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“There is searing resolve in these songs, whether it's Jim Lauderdale's "Slow Motion Trouble" or her own "My Lucky Stars." Over 35 years into her professional career the singer sounds fully at home in the middle of the Americana movement, but at the same time remains very much her own person. Call her a permanent rebel, or maybe a singer on a march, but either way Julie Christensen continues to search for clues wherever the music takes her. What a ride.”

“Christensen came out, smiled a big smile at the large crowd, took a breath and sang the hell out of “Blowin’ in the Wind.” It was a good thing Christensen was by herself. Anyone else on the stage would have been blown clear away. She needed no band, no other instrument, no accompaniment of any kind. She blew the roof off all by herself, to thunderous applause. In this performance and on her new record, Weeds Like Us, Christensen returns to her folk-rock roots — gloriously. After singing and recording for years with Leonard Cohen, performing with the punk roots band Divine Horsemen in the’80s and working as a cabaret singer, at this stage of her career she finds tuneful simplicity rooted in her love of the Gram Parsons sound, colored with the raw emotionality of the ’70s.”

“You know what I like to see? "Mature" artists continuing to grow. Like Julie Christensen, who comes up with a different twist every few years, this time digging into the soul/blues topsoil with her new "Weeds Like Us." Listening to the gospel-dippers "Call Me Up" and "Restless," I thought, damn, she sure nailed that Staples Singers thing, and then I noticed that the album was produced by Jeff Turmes of Mavis Staples' Band. Christensen plucks some storytelling jewels from the mines of contemporary folk (Dan Montgomery's busted-up "Outside"), sifts in some heart-tuggers of her own, and you've got something you can leave on Repeat all day. Great echoing, twanging and gliding guitars.”

“Julie Christensen -- has somehow summed up a whole generation’s frustrated idealism in a suite of songs. You’ve probably grown used to media suggestions that anyone who ever wanted to change the world is an idiot, but Christensen will make you glad you’re still trying. ”