"On that checker board square where you'd expect to find the fusion of Lucinda Williams' ambitious younger sister melding with Neko Case's more talented cousin is where you find Adams. A gutsy indy rocker with a sharp pen..."
-Midwest Record Recap
"...riveting vocals and fluid songwriting.."
- Village Voice
"...rocks harder and smarter than the new Breeders..."
- Yeah Yeah Yeah
Courtney Lee Adams Jr. and her band (which includes legendary bassist Fred Smith from Television) joined forces with producer James Mastro (Health & Happiness Show, Ian Hunter) at Hoboken's Pigeon Club Studios to record Know What I Mean?. "We used a lot of great vintage gear and various cool toys (including an early-model cordless phone) and pushed it into the 21st century." This approach was perfect for the panoramic emotional landscape of CLAJR's songs.
From the burgeoning days of the East Village roots-rock scene, when Courtney & Western issued blue-vinyl singles for the Diesel Only label to the present, Courtney Lee Adams Jr. has always been regarded as a powerful songwriter and performer. Her songs from that group continue to receive international airplay, and have been licensed for use in the feature films Love & A .45 (and was happily sandwiched between Roger Miller and Johnny Cash on the Sony-released soundtrack of that film) and Cold Around The Heart.
"Higher Than That" has been licensed for use in the independent production by director Mark Street, "Far Rockaway."
released January 27, 2013
Produced by James Mastro @ The Pigeon Club, Hoboken
Produced, mixed, and mastered by Fred Smith @ The Bed Room, NYC
CLAJR - vocals, guitars
Rich Feridun - guitars, mandolin
Fred Smith - bass, drum programming
Tom DeVito - drums
James Mastro - guitar, mellotron, wurlitzer, synth, B3, triangle
Matt Lindsey - backing vocals
Andy Burton - piano, organ
Lori Bingel - horn arrangements, trombone
Jeff Hermanson - fluegelhorn, trombone
Nathan Childers - saxophone
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