Review: St. Paul Pioneer Press.

"Who: Poet/performer Jeffrey Skemp
Details: As a member of the Bosso Poetry Company, a "crew of misfit writers," Jeffrey Skemp has long since honed his skills as a live poetry performer. On "Spent," he worked with an all-star group of locals - including Martin Dosh, JG Everest and Ben Durrant - who put his words to music. It's a funny and sometimes unnerving disc that sounds unlike anything else out there now."

Ross Raihala, St. Paul Pioneer Press

Review/Preview: Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Unless you're hip to the Bosso Poetry Collective (and many people are), the name Jeffrey Skemp may not ring a bell, but some of the backers on his first spoken-word album probably do. Martin Dosh, Roma Di Luna's JG Everest and Ben Durrant and GST's Greg Schaefer are all featured on "Spent," a madcap, dark-humored collection recorded at Durrant's Crazy Beast Studio. They will also back Skemp at his release party Saturday at Bryant-Lake Bowl..."

Chris Riemenschnieder, Star Tribune

Onion's AV Club: Jeffrey Skemp's SPENT CD Release

"As a poet, local artist Jeffrey Skemp is no hack. On Spent--his debut performance poetry LP--his growling, hipster-does-Bukowski delivery goes down easy. Skemp underpins his always dark, oft-humorous narratives with banjos, guitars, horns and keys, with the help of local musical savant Martin Dosh. He's also able to transscend the sometimes intimidating tag of "performance poetry;" the output is all street level atmospherics, skirting any coffehouse pretense. Fans of Indie music and devotees of the poetry sect should find comoon ground on Spent, an egalitarian efforet that's as accesible as it is artful."

To Buy Direct from the Author...

To Buy a hard copy of SPENT (designed by the talented Zoë Skemp) direct from the author please send $11.50 check or money order to: Jeffrey Skemp 3052 11Th AVE S APT #5 Minneapolis, MN 55407 Or come to a show/reading and ask me! I usually have a copy or two... Questions? Email me at Please allow two weeks for delivery. Thanks much!


 set list from show 

The SPENT release show was at the lovely Bryant Lake Bowl Theater on Saturday, June 25.

It was a great success.  A big thanks to all those who attended!   Also, a big thanks to all the amazing musicians who were involved: Mr. Martin Dosh (Dosh, Andrew Bird, Fog);  JG Everest (Blackfish, Roma Di Luna);  Matthew Skemp (Volcano Choir, Collections of Colonies of Bees, All Tiny Creatures); Ben Durrant (Roma Di Luna, Unguided); John Colburn (Astronaut Cooper's Parade); Dylan Balker (We Can't Bury Shelley) and all four members of The Greg Schaefer Trio (GST). They were a sight to behold (as well as to hear).

Also, a big thanks to filmmaker/videographer Matt Olson who provided some perfectly creepy clips for “Lost Parts” and to multimedia artist Nathaniel H Freeman who manipulated Matt's clips as he screened them live. Nathan also screened the beautiful video he created for “The Car Thief”.

I also wanted to mention my brother Andrew Skemp who was unable to perform at the release show but composed the music for "Fog" which Ben Durrant and my brother Matt Skemp performed disturbingly well (see set list #13). Andrew would have loved to be part of the show but, well, he has hay to make, a garden the size of New Hampshire and three kids under four.  

Anyway, the release show was a lot of fun! Perhaps we will do it again someday...

Look for videos of some of the pieces recorded live at the show posted here sometime in the near future!