Jonatha Brooke began her career in the 1980s in a duo playing the coffeehouse folk circuit and radio representing the “folk-rock singer-songwriter aesthetic.” She went solo in the 90s and discovered the bitter-sweet reality of first having major label support and then getting rejected. Establishing her own record label, Brooke reached out to fans and at first self marketed her albums through the internet. She sold records and filled venues and developed a loyal fan base. The last 15 years has found Brooke writing and recording songs for movies, TV shows as collaborating with others on albums, including in 2008 The Works inspired by the music of late folk legend Woody Guthrie. Brooke had been invited by Guthrie’s daughter Nora to sift through the private archives and hunt through Guthrie’s unreleased material for possible adaptations. Brooke said she was “smitten” with Guthrie’s work and going through it was like “going to church.” In February 2014, Brooke opened in her one-woman play My Mother Has 4 Noses off-Broadway at the Duke Theater in New York City. The play, written by Brooke, recounts in words and music Brooke’s relationship with her mother, who suffered from cancer and dementia.
June 4, 2015