Joanie Mendenhall: 'Trees By Your House' Joanie Mendenhall is a singer/songwriter from San Diego, Calif. who cites Aimee Mann and PJ Harvey as her biggest influences. Mendenhall self-produced her debut CD, Secretary Waltz, and performed most of the instruments, including guitar, piano, drums and accordion.
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Joanie Mendenhall: 'Trees By Your House'

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Joanie Mendenhall: 'Trees By Your House'

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The San Diego, Calif. singer/songwriter Joanie Mendenhall crafts lo-fi, new-folk pop songs with rich textures and rhythms that shuffle, stomp and waltz. For her self-produced debut CD, Secretary Waltz, Mendenhall played most of the instruments, including the drums, bass, guitar, keyboards and accordion. She recorded the album at her home.

Mendenhall cites Aimee Mann and PJ Harvey as her greatest influences, but also attributes much of her melodic and harmonic aesthetic to the classical composers she studied as a child, most notably Franz Schubert and Frederic Chopin.

Secretary Waltz was a San Diego Music Award finalist for "Best Local Recording" and called "a thoroughly charming debut that begs for repeated listens" by the San Diego Union Tribune.

Mendenhall can be heard peforming at local clubs in and around San Diego.