THE CONNECTION IS WHERE IT ALL BEGINS: A Close Look at The Band The Jorgensens

Photos taken by Jim Vasquez and Meredith Fierke

FOR THE JORGENSENS, THAT INITIAL ZAP OF ENERGY, WAS ALL IT TOOK

You hear about stories like this, a modern day fairytale chock full of nuts; or those realities of the “real” world. I mean, what about sobriety, divorce, music, creativity, and love doesn’t constitute a fairytale? That’s the kind of story I want to hear, especially if the output of this tale is music.

I would really like to know if any scientist has measured the energy of a metaphysical connection. I would venture to guess that it is massive, in relation to the constant energy around us. I would almost venture to guess that this energy could be comparable to the big bang, in theory. I mean, what a jolt that would be if you could see or even better, feel the shock of the connection between two moments. When I started reading about THE JORGENSEN’S and how the musicians, KURT and BRIANNA came to record their newest record, “THE LEXINGTON STRETCH”. that thought of measuring a connection that ended up rippling into many areas of their lives.

It Turns Out That Mother Does Know Best

Or just has killer woman’s intuition because KURT and BRIANNA met because of BRIANNA’S Mother. Brianna recalls, “She thought that we would work well together and knew that Kurt had put out multiple records that sounded great. We met in St. Paul at his house and I played through some of my original material.”

BRIANNA TALKS ABOUT THE INCEPTION OF THE JORGENSENS

AN INSTANT GREW INTO A CONSTANT

BRIANNA continues, ” As soon as he started playing along with me the music instantly clicked. There’s no denying that it was a musical match from the get go, and we became fast friends. Every week we’d get together and cut tracks at his studio, and in the process shared details about our lives. We saw one another through some tough times. It was a moment in time where Kurt was getting divorced, and I was getting sober. What a pair we were. The writing and recording gave us an out from each of our realities. Detaching from the drama, we were able to place our energy into creating something good. As I approached the end of the recording process it occurred to me that my time with Kurt was possibly coming to a close, and it saddened me.”

A CONSTANT CONNECTION ONLY GETS STRONGER

“I was interested in producing other musicians, but was not interested in just recording people for money. I had listened to some of Brianna’s music and thought she had some well written songs and a very distinctive voice that separated her from other female singers. It is important to me to be unique or different, and Brianna felt refreshingly real in every way. “

KURT ON THE CONNECTION

MORE THAN MUSIC

“As you would imagine we spent hours, days, and nights with each other so it was easy to start falling in love. She would show up in the morning for breakfast, and hours later would be leaving after a late dinner. As we were getting close to finishing, we had talked about the possibility of me playing guitar in her band. She didn’t have enough material to fill a full night so we started adding in some of my songs, and not long after we were bouncing song ideas off each other and it clicked fast.  We formed as a team, and re-tooled my band as co-band leaders. Since then we have never spent a day apart.  She is the love of my life on and off stage, and we have a 2-year-old boy and some great music as a reward.” KURT tells a nutshell version of the “ever after” part.

THAT CONNECTION STAYS FUSED

BRIANNA tells us, “Not only musically did I love working with Kurt but I’d grown to love Kurt as my near and dear friend. I think he was the first person I’d ever been honest with in my life, and I didn’t want the collaboration to end. Kurt felt the same way, and we decided we were going to write, produce, and record an album together, while playing acoustic gigs as a duo. We completed our first album titling it ‘Love Wins’ because in the process we fell in love with each other romantically.” 

BRIANNA TALKS ABOUT FALLING IN LOVE WITH KURT

REACH BACKWARDS TO THE ORIGIN

Alongside the original repertoire, the cover of Willie Dixon’s “If the Sea Was Whiskey” is a standout tribute to the classic. Kurt recalls, “I have loved Willie Dixon since I was 15. Once my parents were out of town, and I knew he lived in Chicago.  So, I called every Willie Dixon in the Chicago area to tell my hero how much I loved his music. I never did get him on the phone. I’ve wanted to record a song of his since that early age, and with the theme and feel of this album it fit. I did spend the rest of my 15th summer paying off our long-distance bill, seeing that my dad was not very happy about my quest.”

“THE LEXINGTON STRETCH”

New Release from The Jorgensens – Available Sept 13

Brianna shares, “While we were working on my solo album back on 2014, one day we were taking a break he and asked me if I was interested in hearing what he was working on. I obviously was, and so he played this song for me. I was blown away, and asked what he was going to do with the recording. I was shocked when he told me ‘probably nothing’ because it didn’t fit appropriately anywhere on albums he had coming up. He had recorded it for himself because he loves jazz, and was inspired by a version he had heard the Preservation Hall band perform. His rendition of that song in my opinion shaped the whole sound of this album. Now, we obviously weren’t going to record a whole album of traditional New Orleans jazz, BUT we could create an environment through horn arrangements and storytelling that made that song feel right at home.”

KEEPING THE CHANNEL OPEN

The album title celebrates the Jorgensens everyday life. It’s a reference to an area where they live, write music, record their songs, eat dinner as a family, entertain, and reflect on all things that are life. But more broadly an ode to St. Paul, Minnesota. The Twin Cities have treated them well professionally, where they continue to perform hundreds of shows a year supported by the fans and musicians who have one of the greatest scenes across America’s cities. Kurt was acknowledged by the Minnesota Music Awards with the trifecta – Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year.

Whether as a duo or band, The Jorgensens stage more than two hundred performances annually. The duo has announced an album release concert planned to be staged at St. Paul, MN’s The Como Lakeside on Saturday, September 14 at 7PM. Kurt and Brianna will be accompanied by eight additional musicians for this special event. For more detail on the 10-piece ensemble and tickets click here

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