Billy won’t be with her, as
he has other obligations at
home this trip so she will be solo but it will still be great. Jeni
Hankins spent every summer of her childhood in the
Southwest Virginia homes of her grandmothers — and every summer
Sunday in the
pews of the Friendly Chapel Church. “My grandmother’s
Pentecostal," Jeni says. "People spoke in languages I didn’t
understand, they believed in a fire that did not burn, they fell down
floor, and they sang. They sang loudly and passionately. Their singing
under my skin because it wasn’t for prettiness or show -- they
their story up to God with every ounce of their being. To me this is
and this is songwriting -- to shout the story of life as an urgent
“Hankins’ approach is
often compared to that of Hazel
Dickens (1925-2011) and aptly so,” Rob Weir of
“SingOut!” magazine writes.
“Though Hankins has a smoother, less nasal voice than Dickens, it
has the same
born-in-the-bone twang – the kind you don’t get by dressing
up country and
scouring songbooks. Hankins also grew up in the same contiguous coal
region that spawned Dickens, and with the same sensibilities: an
for the grace of ordinary people, mountain gospel music, support for
unions, and a gift for finding beauty where less attuned people fail to
Music will start
at 7:30 and a
$15.00 donation is requested with all
going to Jeni.
For information and
call (530) 753-3472 or email me, email@example.com.
I hope to see you here.