Bio - So who IS One Less Karen????
One Less Karen is Jim on bass, 6-string acoustic guitar, and vocals, and Robin on 12-string acoustic guitar, percussion, harmonica, and vocals. Until the summer of 2001 when they moved to Montana, they lived in Champaign-Urbana Illinois, a well-known hotbed of musical talent. They create and perform original music in the alternative folk-rock vein, with a midwestern twang and a touch all their own. The Octopus, a local alternative newspaper and scene-follower, described One Less Karen as a band "…whose original music is on a par with the best Americana music out there…not as rowdy as country-punk and not as sleepy as folk." The News-Gazette said that they “have the unique ability to write and perform songs that could fit nicely into any decade of the rock era.”
Jim and Robin are experienced musicians who had played in the midwest for a number of years. At one of Jim's performances in 1997, complete strangers at the time, Robin mosied up to the stage and asked the band if she could join in on a song. Instantly the two knew their voices were meant to be heard together, singing like they had been practicing the song for months. Since both were songwriters they were able to come up with a set of original material in a brief time and emerged with fresh original songs. They started performing in the area, word spread swiftly about this "upbeat, energetic duo," and their photo and description were soon regularly seen in the Octopus.
They worked hard at becoming more well-known by doing shows on radio stations WWHP and WEFT, opening for Ellis Paul and Sandy Ross in the Cornstalk Concerts series, playing for local park districts and the Taste of Champaign festivals, and drawing admiring crowds at bookstores, benefits, and local clubs. Folks from 6 to 60 and from every walk of life enjoyed One Less Karen's music in the Champaign-Urbana area.
Living and performing in Northwestern Montana since 2001, Jim and Robin have been making friends and fans playing at local venues and events like Polson’s Main Street Festival, Cut Bank’s Lewis & Clark Festival, Missoula’s “Out to Lunch” series, Libby’s Nordicfest, First Night Flathead, Bigfork’s Riverbend Concerts, the Big Mountain Summer Festival, and the Depot Park concerts. Audiences appreciate One Less Karen's enthusiasm, originality, and humor, and sense something special in their collaborative efforts. The secret of their appeal lies in their energy, freshness and contagious love of good music.
With their ability to adapt their sound to any venue from coffee-shop acoustic (via their acoustic amps/mics or even unplugged) to rocking an outdoor festival (using their own recorded drum/bass backing tracks like you hear on their CDs, to deliver a full band sound) One Less Karen can play and please almost anywhere in their home base of Glacier National Park, Montana - and hope to reach new audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond as they travel in their rv.
Yes, you heard that right - they live in a travel trailer (named "Barney") which is being pulled around the Pacific Northwest by their 1993 F250 (named "Mr. Ed"). It is their hope to be given the thrill of performing in the charming towns and communities they call home with each passing season.
"…a band whose original music is on a par with the best Americana music out there…not as rowdy as country-punk and not as sleepy as folk." (from The Octopus).