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Stone Jack Jones isn’t your usual Americana musician. He didn’t come from the suburbs, nor did he recently graduate college. Jones was born in 1948 to a family with four generations of coal miners and raised in Buffalo Creek, W.V. He once owned a strip club and was entranced by the punk scene in the '70s and ‘80s, fronting an Atlanta band called Kaos. His third album, Ancestors, features a duet with Patty Griffin (she appears on several tracks) on the ghostly country melody of “Jackson” and elsewhere features members of Lambchop and Courtney Tidwell adding musical touches that transport the music from eerie ol’-time folk to haunted nocturnal songs with psychedelic overtones that recall elements of Skip Spence, Mark Lanegan, and Chris Whitley. Jones long ago moved to Nashville, and his friendship with Roger Moutenot—who produced this record, as he's done for artists such as Yo La Tengo and Sleater-Kinney—proves to be the transformative key to songs such as “Way Gone Wrong,” “State I’m In," and “Anyone.” 

Customer Reviews

Easy to listen to

Like his Other albums every song is worth listening to.

Ethereal and beautifully real

Neither folksy or bluegrass, but very much American music. All the songs are great.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

The descendant of four generations of coal miners, Stone Jack Jones was raised in Buffalo Creek, WV. Learning to play fiddle, he eschewed the miner's life for that of an itinerant musician, although he was also employed outside of music at various times, once even owning a strip club for several years. In the early '80s, he fronted a rock band called Kaos in Atlanta, GA. Eventually, he settled in Nashville, where he befriended Patty Griffin and toured with her. He also struck up a relationship with...
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