February 27th, 2019
Thanks to The Big Takeover for premiering the video for my song Edge of Something and for the great write-up which you can read here.
June 24, 2018
New York Music Daily
“Another triumph for one of the most unselfconsciously brilliant tunesmiths to emerge from this city in recent years and a strong contender for best rock record of 2018.” Read the full review here.
June 27, 2018
“A force to be reckoned with.” Read the full review here.
May 28, 2018
Here Comes the Flood
“Kilguss’ fifth album is her best so far. The Fastness is like a favourite shirt, a perfect fit that is been around for years in your wardrobe and an item that you will wear for many years to come.” Read full review here.
“The Fastness is artfully beautiful, full of radiant harmonics, stylish rhythms, and Jessie Kilguss’ enchantress-like tones. Imaginative and numinous…”Read full review here
“Jessie has a wonderfully resonant voice that transcends speakers and earphones. She’s one of those vocalists who doesn’t merely sing. When you hear her voice, you get the feeling that she’s speaking to you directly.” Read more here.
May 23, 2018
Song premiere and great review on Celebmix. “Without a doubt, Kilguss has it going on. “The Master” is splendidly evocative.” You can read the whole review and listen to the song here.
May 18, 2018
“The Fastness, is flush with moody yet mesmerizing melodies, a sensory display of emotion and intrigue conveyed through each of its ten beguiling tunes. The stated theme of the album is the direct connection between travel and transition, manifest not only in our temporal world, but through life itself as it traverses in its entirety, connecting culture and consciousness to death and rebirth. Those are heady concepts to be sure, but it’s a credit to Kilguss’ prowess that she’s not merely content to simply create some pleasing aural imagery. Rather, she uses her songs to probe possibilities that lie just below the surface, allowing them to resonate in ways that allow for greater interest and intrigue…” Read the whole review by Lee Zimmerman here.
June 28, 2017
Susan Hwang (Bushwick Book Club Founder) and I were interviewed by Matt Grant for his article in Lit Hub about One Book, One New York.
December 9th, 2016
New York Music Daily
I love New York Music Daily! Here’s a great review of our show at the American Folk Art Museum. “…With her clever wordplay and understatedly anthemic sensibility, Kilguss’ closest comparisons are Elvis Costello and Leonard Cohen, the latter being her biggest influence…That voice is a magical instrument, with a reflecting-pool clarity and a soaring range matched by minutely nuanced attention to subtle details…” Read full review here
“…this is a finely-wrought, deep, dark valentine of a record, that with luck, will lure listeners who still believe in the well-crafted song…” (read more here)
Featured in a piece on country music coming from Brooklyn, alongside amazingly talented fellow Brooklynites, Terry Radigan and the Lone Bellow.
” Longing is a major theme on Carroll Gardens Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss’s arresting new record “Devastate Me” — notably her longing for the big starry skies above the farm she grew up on in Massachusetts. ” ( read more here)
November 8th, 2015
Great review of our show at Hank’s Saloon in July. Read here.
“Kilguss is as brilliant a singer as she is a tunesmith. Her speaking voice alone has more liveliness and color in it than most people can evoke singing at full throttle – there’s a rippling undercurrent of unselfconscious joy, as if she’s got an irresistibly funny secret to share.” (Read full review here)
December 28, 2014
“…This is a record to draw solace from, to be comforted by, you listen to it and realise that others suffer the irks of modern life – just that Kilguss can articulate and exorcise them so much better than the rest of us…” (read the entire review here)
September 8, 2014
November 26, 2014
“The best New York rock show of 2014 was a couple of weeks ago at Bowery Electric – there’s no way there’s going to be anything this good coming up in the next few weeks, end of story… Kilguss has one of those voices you hear maybe once every ten years: it’s that affecting, and sad, and unselfconsciously deep…Her new album is titled Devastate Me, but ultimately it’s the listener who’s devastated – in a good way. “(read more)
November 5th, 2014
” What’s the likelihood that two of the best albums of 2014 would be released within an hour of each other on the same night at the same venue? Unlikely as that might seem, it’s happening this Nov 11 at Bowery Electric when dark Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss kicks off the night at 8 PM with the album release show for her latest one, Devastate Me…And her crowd has the good luck to be able to stick around and see Ward White …” (read more here)
November 4th, 2014
“…A former actress, Kilguss has redirected her passion into a fluid and poised record. Her flawless lyrical and melodic aesthetic relays uncompromising emotion in a light and flowing style.” (read more here)
October 30, 2014
Guitar World/Acoustic Nation
“Today we’re premiering “Don’t Let’s Go To The Dogs Tonight,” by Jessie Kilguss. This track from her upcoming album Devastate Me is a sweet spoken reminiscence of a more simple childhood. Kilguss artfully pulls us into her wistful nostalgia with a bit of twang and a strummy, well arranged instrumental accompaniment. (read more here)”
October 9, 2014
“…Kilguss is one of those rare singers that can deliver a song with heartfelt intimacy, pulling the listener in, with great lines like “If you want a happy ending, it depends on where you stop your story” in Red Moon. “ (read more here)
April 23, 2014
New York Music Daily
“…Kilguss and her four-piece band adjusted effortlessly to the spacious sonics there (American Folk Art Museum) and brought down the lights, raising the menacing intensity that runs beneath the surface of her songs.” (read more here)
You know what they say about great talent? It attracts a lot of other great talent! Former actress Jessie Kilguss is pulling in all kinds of fantastic artists around her, and not just from her time at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the prestigious Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She’s released three records…more…
Music Crush Girl
@jessiekilguss has a cool Aimee Mann sound, crooning personal and lyrical songs about things familiar – love, absolution, hatchets, riverboat gamblers and skinny dipping. Soft and light, folky and honkey tonk all are represented. More…
NY Social Status
“If I didn’t have to earn money, all I would be doing is music. It’s the thing I love the most, the thing that makes me feel most inspired and alive.”
Jessie Kilguss describes her passion for music in relatively few words considering her feelings on the subject. Previous actress turned musician, Kilguss seems to have finally stumbled into the realm of creativity she loves the most. Her self-proclaimed musical style; narrative, story-driven alt country-rock; combines her illustrative writing style with her strong, soulful voice to create a sound reminiscent of older, more classic female artists. More…
Jessie Kilguss didn’t plan on being a singer/songwriter. The classically trained actress was one of the afflicted girls in the screen adaptation of The Crucible starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder, an her training at NYU’s Tisch School of Fine Arts and Webber Doublas Academy of Dramatic Art in London had Kilguss well on her way to a successful acting career. In fact, it was an opportunity to share the stage with Marianne Faithful that opened her eyes to a new world; a world in which Kilguss could be in creative control. Switching gears, she began writing her own songs. After two albums and a lot of gigs, Kilguss took her band Radio Gold to Ireland to record her third effort, The Sky Road. Talk about transformations – in a few short year Kilguss has gone from a fledgling singer/songwriter to a highly capable artist who create moments of musical magic. More…
Here Comes the Flood
Brooklyn singer Jessie Kilguss teamed up with Radio Gold, a rock trio that gives the songs on her new album The Sky Road a power boost. Lucinda Williams is one her musical heroes an it shows in tracks like 1O Stories High, Riverboat Gamblers and Tennessee, country rock songs that are a far cry from the mellow material on her 2009 album Nocturnal Drifter. More…
If you are uncomfortable with the concept of counseling, Jessie Kilguss may just be able to change your mind. Nocturnal Drifter is an intense, heartfelt LP with each song carefully-crafted amid echoing, strong harmonies that outline a journey of self-discovery. More…
Wildy’s World Review
Jessie Kilguss is a late bloomer as a singer/songwriter, but has spent her whole life trying to find her way there. She began as an actress, classically trained at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Kilguss has done her turns on the stage, but after sharing the stage with Marianne Faithfull Kilguss became hooked on the idea that she might control her own development/writing/performance. The outgrowth of that revelation was Kilguss’ 2007 debut album, Exotic Bird. Artists grow and develop, and in less than two years Kilguss has grown immensely. Her next release, Nocturnal Drifter is due January 6, 2009, is leaps and bounds ahead of Exotic Bird, itself a Wildy’s World Certified Desert Island Disc.More…
Jessie Kilguss’s smoky voice on the theatrically styled opening track of her latest album immediately betrays her background in the performing arts. Trained as an actress, Brooklyn’s Kilguss worked on stage with Marianne Faithfull and came away transformed and inspired. Her debut disc, 2007’s Exotic Bird, was the result, and on her second disc, Nocturnal Drifter, she sinks deeper into the steaming bath of her newly embraced art form. More…
Jessie Kilguss began straying from a career in theater when she toured in the ensemble of The Black Rider, a musical written by William S. Burroughs and scored by Tom Waits. While Kilguss was part of its production in 2005, Marianne Faithfull was also featured in the cast. “It was a dream project to be included on,” Kilguss says, having long been a fan of all three. The troupe also included singer-songwriter Mary Margaret O’Hara and many orchestra members who had played with Waits. The influence of so many artists from outside the theater made an impression on the classically trained actress. In particular, Kilguss remembers the way O’Hara would alter the melodies of her songs every night. “I was way more interested in the music aspect than the acting. My interest in acting was starting to fade anyway,” she says. The path onto which the actress strayed now finds her self-releasing her second album, Nocturnal Drifter. More…
Power of Pop
“I consider all of the arts to be interconnected and think there is fluidity in the boundaries between them. Many of my favourite singers started out in some other artistic discipline; Joni Mitchell with painting, Leonard Cohen as a scholar/poet, David Bowie as an actor…” – Jessie Kilguss More…
Great Review by Muruch.
Exotic Bird is an apt title for singer-songwriter Jessie Kilguss. Her subtly saucy voice softly spiels lyrics full of poetically brooding imagery amidst outlandishly diverse arrangements. Kilguss is a former actress who appeared in the film adaption of The Crucible with Daniel Day Lewis and shared the stage with Mary Margaret O’Hara and Marianne Faithfull. More…
Check out this review in the Feminist Review
Reading Jessie Kilguss’ bio while listening to her debut album Exotic Bird, I find myself marveling at how one’s life oftentimes depends on the door opened, the party attended, or the call made. Life happens, if we take the chance, if we seize the opportunity – or not. More…