Artist Spotlight: Joanna and the Jaywalkers

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

A weekly showcase featuring local musicians.

Name: Joanna and the Jaywalkers

Line up: Joanna Ransdell, vocals and acoustic guitar; Dylan Miller, drums; Michael Seever, bass; Anthony Marchese, cello.

Sound: Singer-songwriter Joanna Ransdell and her band play music that is influenced by a mix of classic folk like Cat Stevens and Joni Mitchell and newer indie rock artists like Regina Spektor and Bon Iver. We hear some Patti Smith and Stevie Nicks influence in the vocals, too.

Next: The Ypsilanti-based band kicks off the three-day Mittenfest event at Bona Sera Underground (200 W. Michigan in Ypsi) at 8 p.m. Friday. A fundraiser for educational nonprofit 826michigan, Mittenfest continues at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cover charge is a $10 donation. Visit

Melody Baetens