Jean Bayou is a well-known and
well-loved member of the DC area songwriting community. From the
ridiculous to the sublime, her song titles give fair warning of the
ride ahead: Knocking on a Deaf Man's Door, Mammogram, Torture (The
Cynic's Vacation), and Your Karma Suits Ya reflect topics Jean writes
about with humor, wisdom, and poignancy. She is an accomplished
multi-instrumentalist (piano and guitar), with a diverse and
international musical background.
Jean often uses unusual, and sometimes haunting, guitar tunings and
progressions. Her lyrics grab you with observations of comedy and
tragedy, and her hummable melodies remain in listenersí heads long
after they've gone home.
Originally from the Hudson Valley in New York State, some of Jeanís
early musical influences were semi-locals such as Bob Dylan, The Band,
and NRBQ. She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the
University of Arizona in the late 70s, then lived in Benghazi, Libya,
and knows that culture well. She often says that she missed the
80s and 90s, when she was busy raising Amina, Ali, and Aziza, who have
all made it successfully to adulthood.
Jean is in her seventh year as President of the
Songwriters' Association of Washington, an organization she holds dear
for all of the aspiring, inspiring, talented, hard-working, generous,
and amazing people she has had the pleasure to associate with.
Her leadership was recognized when she twice received the WAMMIE award
for Executive of the Year given by the Washington Area Music
Jeanís 2010 WAMMIE-nominated debut CD, Just About Everything, has
received rave reviews, and she has graced the stage at the Washington
Folk Festival, the Bluemont Fair, the Takoma Park Folk Festival, the
Athenaeum in Alexandria, the Reston-Herndon Folk Club, and the
Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA), among others. Jean also
plays regularly at various SAW Showcases and sometimes accompanies
other songwriters on piano. Sheís currently recording a new vocal
CD, and has another featuring her piano compositions on the horizon.
The inimitable Ron Goad, who was born in an elevator in Front Royal,
Virginia, will be accompanying Jean Bayou. Ron has been chosen by the
members of the Washington Area Music Association as "Most Supportive of
Washington Music" for several years in a row, and has befriended,
helped, accompanied and put more DC-area songwriters on stage than you
can shake a stick at! He is Vice-President of the Songwriters'
Association of Washington and an active supporter of several other
music organizations in the area.