With a name like Jude, it makes sense for Jude Johnstone to be a Beatles fan.
But while her name recalls the Beatles tune “Hey Jude,” her career better channels another Beatles hit, “With a Little Help From My Friends.”
It was Bruce Springsteen saxophonist Clarence Clemons who discovered her. It was country star Trisha Yearwood who recorded her song “The Woman Before Me” and took it to No. 1. And it was Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and Emmylou Harris who invited her to open for them.
So it’s no surprise that many of her best-known friends—Clemons, Raitt, Harris, and Rodney Crowell — appear on Johnstone’s newly released album, “Quiet Girl.”
Johnstone, of Cambria, just recently ended a stint opening for Raitt and spoke to The Tribune about her fifth studio album.