Hold on to your cowboy hat: Miss Jamie From the Farm has exciting news. The local kindie pop singer is releasing her first CD. And she’s playing a slew of concerts to celebrate it.
ABOUT MISS JAMIE
You may have seen her performing at Mariano’s stores across the city, or any other number of play spaces, libraries or music venues. Jamie “Miss Jamie” Blythe is as charming as she is talented — especially when dressed in her country getup of a cowboy hat, boots and pigtails. Judging by the fan reaction when she plays a show, kids are pretty smitten.
Her fresh-from-the-farm persona is a natural fit: The mom and children’s music performer started her career as an actress and country singer. Her young daughter, Taylor, is the inspiration behind her new musical journey, and Jamie loves teaching and entertaining kiddos while their parents get a break.
Jamie grew up on a ranch in Texas, and Chicago still feels like a big city to her. She brings an easy-breezy country feel to her music, which focuses animals, food and fun on the wide-open plains. Because Jamie is passionate about the environment, some of her songs are about going organic to support animals, the soil and small farms. She also sings about healthy eating.
Her debut CD, Miss Jamie’s Farm, is a warm, happy romp full of joyful lyrics and guitar. It includes all of her popular favorites and has a fun-on-the-farm theme. There are a smattering of classics that kids can instantly sing along with, including “If You’re Happy and You Know It” and “Old MacDonald’s Farm.”
Other songs are Miss Jamie originals. “Keepin’ It Pesticide Free,” spreads a wholesome, organic message (“Of all the veggies in the land, the best are from the farm-fresh stand.”) And “Happy Chickens Lay Yummy Eggs” has joyful clucking sounds in the midst of a message about why free-range is best.
You can download her album online at amazon.com for $8.99.
At her live gigs, Miss Jamie takes kids on a musical tour of the farm with the help of a few puppet friends, including Sweet Jen the Hen and Prissy the Pig. Often Jamie’s own little farmhand, daughter Taylor, joins her.
There are always lots of opportunities to catch Miss Jamie around town. For starters, she and her husband, Erik, just launched a new music series at the kids’ bike shop and milk-and-cookie bar, Heritage Littles. The Lakeview Acoustic Music Series welcomes a new kindie performer every other Friday. Jamie joins the lineup on Friday, January 17, at 3:30 p.m., for a CD launch event. The $6 price of admission can go toward the purchase of her CD.
Other upcoming Miss Jamie From the Farm concert dates include:
Saturday, January 18 at 11:30 a.m. at Nibbles Play Cafe
$7.50 first child; $3.50 siblings ($6 of entry price good toward a CD purchase)
13 Huntington Ln., Wheeling (847-229-0400 or nibblesplaycafe.com)
Sunday, January 19 at 1 p.m. at Kookaburra Play Cafe
(This is a full band show with Miss Jamie and The Farmhands)
$6 (good toward a CD purchase)
2267 N. Clybourn St., Lincoln Park (773-281-5400 or kookaburraplaycafe.com)
For a full list of shows, go to miss-jamie.com. Get ready for a wang-dang-doodle of a time!
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— Kelly Aiglon