Jj Thames & The Violet Revolt
JJ is the front-woman of the Violet ReVOLT and possesses the mesmerizing je ne sais quoi star-quality of Tina Turner, Etta James, Janis Joplin, and Phyllis Hyman all in one raw, often wistful, always powerful and passionate voice. There is a mixture of authentic down-home Mississippi delta Juke-joint rhythms, energetic rock and blues guitar licks, tight old-school Motown harmonies, and often a little roots reggae woven throughout the foundation which diversifies JJ and the Violet Revolt in a way that is unexpected and pleasantly surprising. Ms. Thames masterfully draws you into live out her candid and honest musical stories with her lyrics, moans, hollers, and scats with perfectly timed pauses, swells, and whispers. In addition, She keeps listeners engaged with her hilariously transparent tongue-in-cheek anecdotes between songs. She is a visual artist who effortlessly uses her voice to paint on the canvas of the listener's heart. To hear and watch her leading the Violet Revolt into superstardom is to be colored amazed.
"Jj Thames is the future of the blues"- Dorothy Moore- "Misty Blue" Legendary Recording Artist
‘"Relentless energy’ might be an adequate way to describe what Thames delivers to her audience from the bandstand. Regardless of where or when she’s playing, the mighty Thames is going to give every ounce of her blood, sweat and tears to make sure her crowd is fully engaged. Obviously, she was born with the desire to bring it every single night..." - Blues Blast Magazine
"She puts a positive spin and contemporary touch on the blues while being deeply respectful of the female blues trailblazers. You hear the echoes of Chess, Bluebird and Stax in her blues-soul repertoire...her voice can both thrill and heal you." - Elmore Magazine
"If you are looking for that ‘surprising new singer’ you discovered that has ‘the voice to back it all up’’ shock yourself [with Jj Thames]. She is not well known now, but I doubt that will last long. She leaves you wanting to hear her more!" - No Depression Magazine
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