Jenifer McKitrick

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As a teenager, McKitrick’s first band, the Bettys, emerged from the fertile Kent/Akron(OH) music scene of the early 80's, along with such acts as Devo, Tin Huey, and The Waitresses. After amusing Ohio audiences and critics for awhile, she moved to Cape Cod, enjoying the beach by day, and honing her stage chops by night.
She then headed to San Francisco, formed the Swingin Doors, with old college friends, and recorded Unhinged, selected by the East Bay Express as one the year’s top 5 records. She caught the attention of legendary producer Sandy Pearlman who got her a demo deal with Warner Bros. Records. He brought that demo to eMusic (formerly GoodNoise), who signed her, and sent her to the studio with Sandy Pearlman, where they spent 9 months crafting the Glow album. The new album, Glow, is a collection of 11 of Jenifers original tunes performed by a dream team of local talent, including Chuck Prophet, Katharine Chase, (Penelope Houston), Tony Marsico (Bob Dylan, Matthew Sweet), and Dawn Richardson (4 Non-Blondes) Stephanie Lee, and Chris von Sneidern (dBs, the Sneetches). It is as powerful today as it was n 2001.
She is now in Ohio reworking older unreleased material and composing new works. Her new album, Road Call, is set to drop December 2022.
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003 Music Saved My Soul — Jenifer McKitrick The Bettys, Jenifer McKitrick, Carolyn Getson, Cecelia Soluri, Lynn Okiki, Diane Glaub The Bettys, Jenifer McKitrick, Carolyn Getson, Cecelia Soluri, Lynn Okiki, Diane Glaub - Music Saved My Soul(Cass + File, WAV, RE, RM) Jenomatic Records 003 US 1982 Sell This Version
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002 Glow — Jenifer McKitrick Jenifer McKitrick Glow(CD, Album) Maggie's Maple Music 002 USA & Canada 2001 Sell This Version
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005 Garage A Trois — Jenifer McKitrick The Outskirts, Jenifer McKitrick, Mia Walsh, Denese Hathaway The Outskirts, Jenifer McKitrick, Mia Walsh, Denese Hathaway - Garage A Trois(File, WAV, Album) Jenomatic 005 Worldwide 2021
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004 Digitosis — Jenifer McKitrick Jenifer McKitrick Digitosis(File, WAV, Album) Jenomatic Records 004 Worldwide 2022
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006 Live at the Bottom of the Hill — Jenifer McKitrick Swingin' Doors, Jenifer McKitrick, Dwight Been, Stephanie Lee, Todd Duda Swingin' Doors, Jenifer McKitrick, Dwight Been, Stephanie Lee, Todd Duda - Live at the Bottom of the Hill(File, WAV, Album) Jenomatic Records 006 USA & Canada 2022
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001 unhinged — Jenifer McKitrick Swingin' Doors ,The Swingin' Doors Jenifer McKitrick, Dwight Been, Stephanie Lee, Diane Glaub, Terry Dowling Swingin' Doors ,The Swingin' Doors Jenifer McKitrick, Dwight Been, Stephanie Lee, Diane Glaub, Terry Dowling - unhinged(File, WAV, Album, RE) Jenomatic Records 001 US 2022

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June 27, 2022
From No Depression magazine, Spring 2001:

On first listen, Glow, the debut solo disc from San Francisco singer-songwriter Jenifer McKitrick, comes across as tough as a Joan Jett growl or a pair of her road-tested leather trousers. But once you spend some time with its eleven songs, you find the center’s softer, more vulnerable, than it first appeared.
Part of that is due to McKitrick’s voice. More suited to a roadhouse than a coffee shop, she projects a mixture of snarl and sass that works well on songs such as “Glow” and “So Far Gone”. That these and other songs have the feel of slightly twanged-out 1970s rock is no coincidence: The album was co-produced by Sandy Pearlman, who cut his teeth a couple decades back working with Blue Oyster Cult, the Dictators, and the Clash (he also produced the Dream Syndicate’s sophomore gem, the hard-rockin’ Medicine Show).
McKitrick was formerly a member of San Francisco country band Swingin’ Doors, which received decent local acclaim but broke up after just one album. Despite those musical roots, on Glow, the honky-tonk approach of her earlier group is gone. You can hear remnants in the rhythms and guitar playing (some by Chuck Prophet), but overall this record’s about rock ‘n’ roll.
Still, not every song is a gear grinder. “Why”, for instance, has a thick tone, but a slower, more introspective pace. By the time we reach the bare-bones piano intro of “Love Is All You Are”, things have quieted considerably. This comes to nearly full fruition on the light and lilting “Angel (Requiem)”, on which McKitrick allows her folksier side to show through; the song adds textural depth to the record.
Ditto for “Come On Now”, the joyfully ragged album closer. When McKitrick sings “Come on out to San Francisco/See how life doesn’t really have to be so hard,” she’s not such a badass after all. Goodness, she actually sounds like a hippie. It’s calling for the return of a lost lover, but the sentiments are real, not soaked beyond recognition in hipster irony. And that’s refreshing. As is much of this album. 
-Kurt Wolff
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released January 1, 2001

Co-produced by Sandy Pearlman and Jenifer McKitrick.
Musicians:
Jenifer McKitrick: Vocals, guitars
Chuck Prophet: Guitars
Katharine Cole: Acoustic guitar, vocals
Tony Marsico: bass
Dawn Richardson: Drums and percussion
Stephanie Lee: Violin
Chris von Sendern: Piano, organ
Recorded by Noah Rabinowitz and Eric Westfall at Alpha and Omega, San Rafael, CA.
Additional recording, production and mixing by Chris von Sneidern at Ordophon Studio, San Francisco, CA.
Mastered by Ken Lee at Kenneth Lee Mastering.
Tape editing by Paul Stubblebine
Tape transfer by Laura Hanna.
With special thanks to the Recording Institute of California.

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