Interview With:: Ghost Town Jenny

{ All questions answered by songwriter and vocalist, Kim Kylland }

Upon my first listen to Ghost Town Jenny, I immediately fell in love and also immediately thought of Cara Salimando of Novelette. Prior to her forming Novelette, she was a solo singer/songwriter and I actually read that Kim was also a solo artist prior to forming the band. How did Ghost Town Jenny (the band) form?

After years of doing the solo ‘girl with a guitar’ type thing, I just got so bored. I was yearning to play with others, in a permanent group, and I was lucky enough to meet Corey when I was going to school in Berkeley. We played together a few times, and it just worked so we kept on. He really understands my musical language, and is a lot of fun to play with. I met Johan at Roskilde Music Festival in Denmark, and we hit it off. We kept in touch through letters over the years, and in 2010 he moved to California permanently. We have drummers play with us occasionally, but so far it’s just we three who make up the core of the band. We all look forward to finding a steady drummer though. A Fourth. Like in (90’s movie) ‘The Craft’ 🙂 

You guys bring some really interesting influences to your music which we see in your use of different instruments, including a violin and a harp. What made you decide to include these instruments in your music and really set yourself a part from other artists?

I am not sure it was a conscious decision. We just tend to bring in the elements we do because they best capture what we hear in our heads. Plus, I feel the need to change quite often, and playing many different instruments affords me that freedom.

Your newest EP, Golden Hour, is set to release on January 28th and I’m absolutely obsessed with it. Which song off this EP are you most excited for your fans to hear and why?

I am so glad you are enjoying it!! I think we are most excited for people to hear the title track, simply because it is one of our favorites to play live right now… it also very strongly conveys the overall feelings of the entire EP… loss, hope, wanderlust, longing for home, nostalgia, new beginnings, dreaminess.

In a previous interview, you guys mentioned that your live shows come across as raw, emotional, and bare. In my opinion, your music is very personable and I think if it doesn’t move you in one way or another than…I mean…you might not have a soul. As a listener, your new EP definitely grabs your attention and makes you feel all of these different emotions, but as a musician have you ever ended up being too caught up in that almost vulnerable aspect either live or when it comes to writing songs?

Definitely in the writing process…But I think that’s because I allow myself to be vulnerable in those times, because I am alone. I can’t write with other people in the room. It’s a very personal time and space for me. On stage it’s different though. I am so enveloped in the experience of performing, of communing with the listener, that I don’t let the emotion of the song overtake me completely. There is a fire in performing. I feel like a wolf. It’s hard to explain. I sang at my father’s funeral last summer, because I knew he would have wanted that. Before hand, when I was trying to practice the song, I was so overcome with emotion I could barely speak. And when I opened my mouth to sing the first lines of the song in the church, nothing came out, and it was such a strange experience because I’d never had a problem like this before. I was finally able to focus and pull it together a bit more in order to sing the song. It was hard, but I am so glad I did it. I am very grateful that I was able to.

You guys released 2 live EPs, both live from the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. Where did the idea of a live EP come from and do you think it’s something you would do again?

Our dear friend and photographer Claire Marie Vogel recorded our sets from two different Iceland Airwaves shows. We liked how they sounded, and since we felt that none of our other recordings really represented our live sound, we just decided to offer them as downloads on our bandcamp page. They are not official releases, just bandcamp releases. They were magical nights for us though, and I am so happy that people want to listen to them. We love playing live, and I definitely think we would make a live record if we were given the right chance.

After listening to the Golden Hour EP, I’m left with wanting to hear more. Can we expect a full length album sometime soon?

Yes!! Recording a full length record is our number one priority for 2014 (aside from touring!). You can definitely expect something more from us before the year’s end. 

What can we expect next from Ghost Town Jenny?

Lots of live shows. A full length record. AND a new music video! We shot the most beautiful music video recently, with an incredible director named Samantha Shay. It was a truly transformative experience making that video, and I can’t wait for people to see it. I am hoping it will be released sometime in late February or early March. 

Thank you for your time! Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I love that you love our EP. Thanks for taking the time to look us up and interview us 🙂

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ABSOLUTExclusive: William Beckett Song Premiere



Check out this Ryan Adams cover I did featuring the lovely Cara Salimando.  I wanted to honor the original while putting my own twist on it, respectfully.  Hope you enjoy!

Stream it here —->


This spring, Rocks For Justice will be releasing Songs For Justice, a compilation in which all the proceeds will go to fight global poverty and social injustice via our partnership with Speak Up Productions. We are premiering the first song from the compilation – William Beckett’s cover of “Come Pick Me Up,” featuring some additional vocals from Cara Salimando. You can stream in the replies or at Will’s profile. We’ve also included a teaser video about the project in the replies.

WE DID THIS REMEMBER! I miss singing this song every night 😥

such a great cover. check it out if you haven’t yet.

ABSOLUTExclusive: William Beckett Song Premiere


Incase you missed it yesterday, here’s the video for “Commonwealth”. 
The video was really fun to make. All footage of Boston/my face was shot by me, thanks to my mom’s terrible consumer camera. All performance footage shot by Roy LaManna. Thanks to Trendsetter Marketing for helping me to make this happen. I’m really happy with how it came out.  Thanks for watching and listening. You are all very lovely.