Tonight, Carlsbad piano teacher and pop-music songstress Joanie Mendenhall is playing The Casbah with Matt Curreri and The Ex-Friends, but what we’re most interested in is her new album. At her day job at Carlsbad’s Giacoletti Music, Mendenhall teaches piano to 35 students a week, but in another part of her musical life she writes sweetly pleasant and hooky pop songs that will be collected on an album titled On A String, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Due out this summer on her own Good Tonic Records label, “On a String” is a winning collection of 10 songs that strike a balance between rootsy charm and finely honed craft. It features such stellar area musicians as Mitch Manker on trumpet and flugelhorn, Archie Thompson on tenor sax and Ben Moore, who engineered “On a String,” on organ. Moore co-produced the album with Mendenhall, guitarist-violinist Ray Suen and drummer Tyler Ward.
Watch for this album because Joanie is really good. Just click and listen to all three songs (especially Empty Your Heart). . . trust us.