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Elements of life reflected in songs by Jill Cohn

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — After nine critically-acclaimed albums, 13 years of touring history, and more than 300,000 miles under the hood of her VW van, one might reasonably expect that singer/songwriter Jill Cohn has said everything that she could possibly have needed to say. Not so.

With her latest release, “Beautiful I Love You,” she not only embraces her relocation from Seattle to Northern California and her partnership with Austin-based guitarist Dave Sampson, but she’s tapped into a vein of musical and emotional inspiration that has surprised not only her fans, but the performer herself.

“Maybe for the first time,” Cohn says, “I’ve pulled from the elements of my entire life as a recording artist.”

Cohn returns to the road with “Beautiful I Love You,” a collection of songs that takes a whimsical and somewhat bittersweet look inside long-distance love affairs, relocation and a traveling girl’s solo adventures in a man’s world.

She will play three shows in New Mexico.

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The CD was produced by Martin Feveyear, who also produced Brandie Carlile, and worked with Cohn on several of her earlier works.

The traveling songstress is best known for diverse styling and heartstring-tugging ballads intermingled with the humorous/quirky brighter-side-of-things. Her recent recordings have gained new notice with her songs played on popular TV shows, such as “Smallville” and the MTV/UK hit “SKINS.” She was a top-five finalist in the Lilith Fair Talent Search and has opened for many well-known artists, including Jewel and Dave Matthews.

Cohn will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 30 at Eske’s, 106 Des George Place, Taos; 8 p.m. May 31 at Cowgirl, 310 S. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe; and 8 p.m. June 4 at Zinc Wine Bar, 3009 E. Central.

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