Juliana MacDowell Record Release Gig
Wednesday 18th March (postponed to Thursday July 16th)
After an early life divided equally between ecstatic experiences on her grandparent’s country estate and a shocking amount of personal loss, Juliana MacDowell emerged with a great deal of anxiety, which her love of music helped her battle.
Her second LP “Leaving Home” is released on March 13th 2020. It’s produced by British producer-turned Key West studio owner Ian Shaw, who has worked with bands like Primal Scream, The Mekons, The Platters, Super Furry Animals and Nick Heyward (Haricut 100) over the years.
Splitting her time between Virginia and Key West, MacDowell performs frequently while juggling songwriting and the other myriad tasks of promoting a band while continuing her work of 20 years renovating houses. “I feel like designing, renovating, writing songs and singing all come from the same well of creativity, which gives me a great deal of joy.”
Inspired by her great grandfather, she began singing at an early age, exploring her musicality in the family barn, which she remembers as having incredible acoustics.
She never considered a career in music, facing insecurities about her musical prowess and stage fright, she reserved her participation to background roles in church singing groups, and channeled her creativity into a successful renovation career. “Performing for others was a dream I never thought I’d realize, due to the anxiety that held me back for so long. I’m living my dream right now, It doesn’t matter how big or small the stage…as long as I’m connecting with people through music, I’m happy. Music itself is healing, whether we are doing the playing or the listening, it’s all good.”
In 2012, Joey Bauer of Joey and the Waitress Band encountered Juliana at her husband’s brew pub and invited her to join the band – a move that fueled her emergence as a solo artist in 2014. “I’m often asked by those who stumble on my music now, ‘where have you been all of these years?’
With the generous support of family, friends and fans, things just keep falling into place.” A chance meeting with Key West musician C.W. Colt clinched the deal. “I’m a huge fan of C.W’s and we became fast friends. He and my producers pushed me to write music and conquer stage fright. Juliana’s guest appearances in C.W. Colt’s Songwriter Concert Series have created a buzz on the Southernmost music scene. She is the proud recipient of the coveted 2015 Key West Clammy Award for songwriting. “You’ve got your Grammies; your Wammies (Washington D.C.) and in Key West, Clammies. I am exceedingly blessed to be able to spend time in Key West with incredible musicians and a fabulous producer who inspire me.”
Her first full length CD, “Take Me Away,” was produced by WAMA award-winning producer Marco Delmar, contains tracks by Freebo (Bonnie Raitt, Ringo Starr), mandolinist Matt Cartsonis (Warren Zevon), guitarist Matt Backer (Elton John, Julian Lennon) and drummer Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident) among others. After Shaw heard her on the radio, he reached out, leading to her latest album “Leaving Home”.