Barbara Jean grew up immersed in a world of music and sound, honing her early gift for the violin and a musical legacy passed from grandmother to mother to daughter, into a sharp eye for songwriting and a skilled hand as a multi-instrumentalist. Calling the rugged grandeur of Lake Superior's North Shore home for the better part of the last decade, Barbara Jean developed her craft through constant live performance and dedicated study of the fiddle and banjo. Dubbed "Minnesota's answer to Emmylou Harris" by longtime Star Tribune Music Critic Jon Bream, Barbara Jean brings a grace and comfort to the stage that is disarming and captivating. Her gift for songwriting has been recognized on a national level with accolades from the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest and the Big Top Chautauqua earning her a spot on the esteemed National Public Radio show Mountain Stage. She has shared the stage with notable acts such as Trampled By Turtles, Leon Russell, Kathy Mattea, Low, Junior Brown, Jonathan Edwards, Martha Scanlan, The Pines, Eilen Jewell and more. With two full-length original albums under her belt, the sky is the limit for this stellar songstress as she takes her songs and sound to wider and wider audiences.