Mike Madriaga 9:30 a.m., May 25
Sound description: Ani DiFranco, Liz Phair, Joan Osborne, Katy Perry, Fiona Apple
RIYL: The Low Standards, Ani DiFranco, 4 Non Blondes, Jane Siberry
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Influences: Ani DiFranco, Joan Osborne, Katy Perry, 4 Non Blondes, Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Jane Siberry
Joanie Mendenhall is a singer-keyboardist, frequently nominated for San Diego Music Awards (five times as of the 2008 edition). Her jazzy acoustic-folk duo the Low Standards was formed in 2006, with L.A. singer-songwriter Angela Correa.
As of 2009, the Low Standards are on hiatus, though Mendenhall and Correa still work together frequently.
Her 2013 album Vanishing Point features five new songs and two reconstituted cuts, recorded live in the studio with her longtime drummer Tyler Ward, as well as Brian Holwerda and Jesse Bowen from Blackout Party. “I wasn’t too keen on the idea of recording live as a band,” she says. “But I allowed myself to be talked into it, and it was such a cool process, definitely right for these songs and this lineup of people. We even ended up keeping most of the live vocals...something I never thought I would do.” Other guest players include Killers violinist Ray Suen and Al Howard on circuit-bent radio and percussion.