A native and resident of Philadelphia, singer/songwriter Amy Jarone specializes in a melodic but edgy style of alternative pop/rock along the lines of Patty Rothberg, Sheryl Crow, and Aimee Mann. Jarone isn't well-known nationally, although she has been quite active on the Philly scene since the mid-'90s. For several years, Jarone didn't have a band and -- like so many singer/songwriters -- accompanied herself on either acoustic or electric guitar when she performed original material such as "Paint a Picture," "The Needle and the Bird," and the Crow-influenced "Love Is Everywhere." Whether she went acoustic or electric depended on the venue; coffeehouses that booked a lot of folk artists often called for an unplugged approach, whereas she tended to be amplified and aggressive in clubs that favored a lot of loud alternative rock. In 1999, there were two major events in Jarone's life: she finally formed her own band, and she recorded a self-titled seven-song EP that had limited distribution. The early 2000s found Jarone and her band continuing to perform around Philly and its suburbs.
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