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The Jones Family Singers
Vintage Soul-Infused Gospel
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In the Star Tribune:
“From the refinery mecca of Baytown, Texas, the Jones Family Singers come off like the spiritual answer to an oil well blowout. A true family band — five sisters, two brothers and their father — they were working the Gulf Coast gospel music circuit when Austin music critic Michael Corcoran and Spoon drummer Jim Eno helped bring them to the attention of South by Southwest festival goers and other hip tastemakers. Over the past two years, they’ve played everywhere from Lincoln Center to the Playboy Jazz Festival to (just last week) Russia. They’re now the subjects of an inspiring new documentary, “The Jones Family Will Make a Way,” and just issued a soul-rocking live album, “Live From Mt. Zion.” Their Twin Cities debut comes between stops at the Newport and Winnipeg folk festivals.” (7 p.m. Thu., Dakota Jazz Club, $30.) Riemenschneider
About The Jones Family Singers
The Jones Family Singers, consisting in part of five sisters, two brothers and their father, have been tearing up churches and festivals alike for over two decades. But they’ve never before made a studio album that displays the depth of their pure musical gifts quite like The Spirit Speaks, recorded to analog tape at Jim Eno’s Public Hi-Fi studio in Austin, TX and released on April 1st, 2014 via Arts+Labor.
“Modern practitioners of a long musical tradition…infusing their joyful, reverent songs with elements of vintage soul and R&B” declares the Wall Street Journal. Yep, it’s gospel music – but fans of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and Vintage Trouble will also find a hip shaking and spiritually uplifting workout at the core. “The three-generation gospel collective’s high-energy performances are the living embodiment of the indelible connection between the black church and its rock and soul offspring” notes the Austin Chronicle. “It was all joyful praise, brilliantly timed with one crescendo after another” boasts the New York Times, and both Rolling Stone and NPR called them “a must see act” at SXSW 2014.
The Jones Family Singers received a standing ovation at Lincoln Center this past summer, and showcased at New York City’s globalFEST and The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in January 2015. This year and next will see them criss-crossing the globe with domestic and international appearances including Newport Folk Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, and a two week tour of Russia.
Impressed by the band’s fervor onstage and humility off, Austin filmmaker Alan Berg (“Outside Industry: The Story of SXSW”) decided in 2012 to make a documentary that explored the triumphs and tribulations of this working gospel band. The artistry he witnessed onstage along with the compelling family dynamic will come to fruition at film festivals beginning in Spring 2015. Buoyed by the new LP and critical acclaim, the Jones Family Singers are eager to hit the road. Besides churches, nightclubs, concert series and music festivals, they’ve also brought their powerful musical ministry to prisons, interfaith events and community celebrations.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“It was all joyful praise, brilliantly timed with one crescendo after another. If they hadn’t been playing in Webster Hall’s basement, they might have torn off the roof.” – New York Times
“Modern practitioners of a long musical tradition…infusing their joyful, reverent songs with elements of vintage soul and R&B.” – Wall Street Journal
“Hailing from Bay City, the Jones Family Singers bring more than just a joyful noise. The three-generation gospel collective’s high-energy performances are the living embodiment of the indelible connection between the black church and its rock & soul offspring.” – Austin Chronicle