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Band/Artist Name: Karen Jonas

Recommended if you like: Gillian Welch, Brandy Clark, Justin Townes Earle, Dwight Yoakum

Story behind your band/artist name: "Cannibal Corpse" was already taken

Band Members: Karen (KJ): Vocals and guitar, Tim: Guitar

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Fredericksburg, Va.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: KJ and TB once Rode like the Wind into the city on a Pony named Wildfire and Horse with No Name (maybe the horse used to have a name but we Keep Forgetting) and Kept the Fire with a variety of impressive sounding politicians and celebrities. 

A crazy lady wearing an Easter bonnet looked us up and down and declared us a "couple of characters" outside of Ebenezer's. 

KJ once met honest Abe while busking outside of the Metro. 

Tim's played inaugural events for 36 of the 45 presidents.

KJ and Tim were once arrested for graffitiing their usual tag, "WE'RE NOT FRIGGIN AROUND" on the capitol.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: Our two self-released albums, 2014’s “Oklahoma Lottery” and our recent release “Country Songs,” have gained recognition for Karen’s strong songwriting and our band’s unique, exciting sound. We’ve been playing over 200 shows per year for three years now, mostly along the east coast, but also swings through the Southeast and Southwest. We’ve been fortunate to become regulars at some iconic listening rooms along the way—The Birchmere, Rockwood Music Hall, The Tin Pan, World Cafe Live, etc., and have opened for dozens of artists that we admire. Just this Fall, we played 50 shows in 13 states.

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Main Genre: Country

Other Genres: Americana