Watford City based singer/songwriter and Nashville recording artist Jessie Veeder is celebrating the release of her fourth original studio album, “Northern Lights,” by hosting a CD release concert and party on Thursday, June 4 at 7 p.m. at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck. The event for all ages is open to the public. Members of Frog Holler String Band, along with Jessie’s father Gene Veeder, will be backing Jessie at her CD release party.
Veeder has been a symbol of folk music in the badlands of western North Dakota since she released her first original album when she was only sixteen years old. Since then Veeder has had successful career in the music industry.
“Northern Lights” was recorded in Nashville with Bill Warner, a producer who has worked with artists such as Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, Mindy Smith, and Trisha Yearwood, among others. Backed by some of the best players in the industry, Jessie's new songs remain rooted in the stories of the people and landscape of her home.
“It was such an amazing experience to bring the songs I wrote in my living room or while working on the ranch to Nashville to see how they might transform in the hands of some of the best studio players around,” said Veeder. “And they just got it. They understood where the music needed to go, respected the stories, and made these songs come to life in the most beautiful way.”
The 12-track album blends rootsy instruments, poignant lyrics and melodies rooted in Americana, blues, folk and country influences. “The music on this album is quiet when it needs to break your heart and rocking when it needs to bring you to your feet,” says Veeder. “I really think this project has something for everyone, and I can’t wait to start playing the songs live.”
Veeder also works as a weekly columnist for statewide newspapers and on her popular blog “Meanwhile, back at the ranch…” chronicling life in western North Dakota.
Veeder’s CDs and merchandise will be on sale during the event. For more information about this concert and additional upcoming events, go to history.nd.gov.
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