ARTS Pick: Karen Jonas

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Karen Jonas performs songs from her precocious debut album, Okalhoma Lottery, at Fellini’s #9 on Friday. Publicity photo. Karen Jonas performs songs from her precocious debut album, Okalhoma Lottery, at Fellini’s #9 on Friday. Publicity photo.

Though Oklahoma Lottery is Karen Jonas’ debut recording, the album has been touted by critics as refined, polished, and sophisticated—a rare combination for an artist’s freshman effort. Jones is a native of Fredericksburg, Virginia, but her tone and approach are straight out of Nashville, Tennessee with stylistic nods to country greats like Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash atop folky undertones that are reminiscent of female forerunners like Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell. It’s safe to say that Jonas is musically wise beyond her years, and to catch a live show on her current tour of small bars and clubs could easily be an “I saw her when…” moment.

Friday 8/22. Free, 10pm. Fellini’s #9, 200 W. Market St. 979-4279.

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