Now dug in at the Charleston headquarters, the musical gang of femme outlaws The Jesse Janes — Cary Ann Jane, Jamie R. Jane, Lindsay H. Jane, and Emily P. Jane — actually first came together in Kearney, Mo. When things got hot, they high-tailed it to the coast, joined an aging Lowcountry Confederate army re-enactment troupe and wrote songs of "independence from the Union" and "robbing stagecoaches, banks, and trains."
The Janes played their first show near their hometown last year in Independence, opening for the popular bands Quantrill's Raiders and The Former Confederates, before relocating to the Carolinas, where they eventually set up headquarters in downtown Charleston
In the Holy City, they caused mayhem and raised a ruckus. Their reputation grew quickly and caused many fans to lunge for them clumsily (the gang managed to evade capture, though).
The Janes recently recorded a rowdy collection of audio messages, tunes, and announcements under the album title Platte City. The Bivins Brothers, the Cribb Brothers, the Younger brothers, the Diesel Brothers, two guys names named Robert and Charles tried to secure guest spots during the sessions, to no avail.
Highlights of the forthcoming album include the twangy "Downfall of the Gang," the melodic "Rumors of Survival," the sentimental "Clay County Clay," and the grim "Pinkertons Engaged." Fast wo-step "The Most Daring Raid," the triumphant "Missouri in Shambles," and the waltzy "Cousin Zerelda" are noteworthy as well.
During the recording session, unfortunately, Cary Ann noticed a picture on the studio wall was crooked and stood on a chair to correct it. When she had her back turned, the studio engineers drew pistols and shot her. She quickly became a figure of folklore after her near-death experience and, along with the rest of the gang, continues to break hearts, fling beer glasses, and rob colleagues — just ask the Little Country Giants and the Apologies; they'll tell ya it's all true.
The Jesse Janes share the bill with Little Country Giants and The Apologies at The Map Room (1650 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., 769-6336) on Sat. June 16 at 10 p.m. Cover is $7. See www.themaproom.net and www.myspace.com/thejessejanes for more.