Hill Country Live Presents
Christabel & the Jons
410 7th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20004
Christabel & the Jons
“a colorful palette of old-time swing and honky-tonk inflections… leading lady Christa DeCicco casts a spell on her audience with her alluring, good-natured presence and lyrical wit while leading a procession of unplugged strings and percussion.”
- Creative Loafing
The first thing that hits you when you see Christabel & the Jons perform is lead singer/songwriter Christa DeCicco’s velvety sultry voice. Southern and laid back, her classic delivery and stage presence often draws comparisons to Billie Holiday, Madeleine Peyroux, and Norah Jones. While the similarities are there, she’s also developed a sound that’s all her own, a mix of folk, swing, country, and blues. She has recently relocated from her home in east Tennessee to St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.
She is joined by several exceptional multi-instrumentalists and rhythm section players that vary from tour to tour. Instrumentation often includes: violin, trumpet, mandolin, piano, accordion, clarinet, bass clarinet, pedal steel, electric guitar, harmony vocals, upright bass, and drum kit. Christabel mixes her original songs with thoughtfully arranged jazz standards, western swing, and classic country for a sound she calls “Tennessee swing.”
Her sixth album, “The Same Mistake” is currently being recorded at Dirk Powell’s studio in Lafayette, LA, with Eric Frey and Glenn Fields of the Red Stick Ramblers as the rhythm section. These new songs show the influence of vintage bossa nova and samba beats mixed with the group’s original country/swing feel.
Past performances include: Bonnaroo, Riverbend, Floydfest, Bele Chere, Blue Plum Festival, McMenamins, The Mediterranean Festival of the Arts in Crete, Shakori Hills Festival, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Tennessee Shines, and Sundown in the City. They’ve also opened for many national acts including The Brazilian Girls, The Be Good Tanyas, The Red Stick Ramblers, The Wilders, and Loudon Wainwright. Christabel has recently been featured in Southern Living and Garden & Gun magazine.