Jaane Doe (Behind the Drumkit) — 21st Annual Woody Guthrie Festival, 2018

Woodyfest 2018: Jaane Doe

Jaane Doe & the Art of Reinvention

Jaane Doe & the Art of Reinvention

Born in the Bronx [Sidenote: The sec­ond fea­ture in our Woodyfest 2018 series spot­lights Jaane Doe. Doe had the sec­ond slot at the Brick Street Café on Thursday of the fes­ti­val.] under the name Elizabeth Gowan Berliner, Jaane Doe started her musi­cal career at age eleven in Catholic School. There she would line up her class­mates in the halls to teach them the pop­u­lar folk music of the day — “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” and “Turn! Turn! Turn!” — so they could play them at the parish folk masses.

[Sidenote: Jaane Doe Set List — Annual Woody Guthrie Festival, 2018Jaane Doe Set List — Annual Woody Guthrie Festival, 2018]

Jaane Doe Interview at Woodyfest 2018

The 1970s saw her work­ing pro­fes­sion­ally as a folk musi­cian, even­tu­ally based in Los Angeles, where she played such leg­endary venues as the Whiskey-a-Go-Go and the Coach House. By 1988 she was signed to Rhino Records on their Rampage sub-label, this time as the leader of metal band Crisis. The band achieved recog­ni­tion when L.A. heavy-metal radio sta­tion KNAC held a “pure rock” [Sidenote: Based in Long Beach, KNAC was on the air from 1986 to 1995. Their slo­gan was Pure Rock.] con­test, open to local, unsigned bands. Crisis entered their song “Call of the Wild,” which earned them a spot on the Son of Pure Rock com­pi­la­tion and gar­nered them stand­ing as one the of city’s top ten metal bands.

Following her stint as a metal singer, Doe formed Old Dogs New Tricks Productions with the late Joe Schermie (Three Dog Night). During her lengthy career she has recorded or per­formed along­side, among oth­ers, Jackson Five pro­ducer Bobby Taylor, pro­ducer Don Was (Was Not Was), actor/​singer Dwight Yoakam, Roger Fisher (Heart), and Bob Weir (Grateful Dead).

Jaane Doe, “Burns Like Fire”

Her career went on hia­tus when she found her­self a widow rais­ing three chil­dren. As her chil­dren reached an age of suf­fi­cient inde­pen­dence, Doe returned to per­form­ing, releas­ing her solo debut Burns Like Fire in 2007. More recently she has per­formed a series of shows with Annie Guthrie. This year marked Doe’s first Woodyfest appearance.

Gallery: Jaane Doe


About Chris J. Zähller

International Man of Mystery. Cocktail Nerd. Occasionally designs websites. Sometimes snaps a picture or two.

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