Brian Ashley Jones defies categorization. He is a great guitarist, songwriter and singer. But his work crosses smoothly over folk, blues, bluegrass and even touches on crooner of ballads. With songs that tell stories, hit a groove, make you happy or thoughtful or even occasionally wistful, a honey-smooth tenor voice and guitar licks worthy of any shredder.
A few comments from some other folks will give you an idea…
“…an excellent guitarist and thoughtful singer-songwriter”
– Jack Silverman, Nashville Scene
“…a master class on how to play the guitar”
– James Soars, Maverick Magazine, Kent, England
“…an accomplished musician… warm tenor vocals”
– Brad Fischer, Nashville Music Guide
“…a stellar guitar player, lyricist and songwriter… Brian’s live show is a must see!”
– Tom Tranchilla, KPFT, Houston, TX.
“…intelligent… clever… a monster on guitar.”
– Janet Hans, Urban Campfires Concert Series, San Antonio, TX.
Brian’s compositions have been placed in film and television and recorded by a variety of other performing artists. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Brian performs internationally at festivals and concert series and leads seminars for music education programs, music business conferences, and NSAI chapters around the USA.
Brian’s current independent release, Courier, made the Top 40 of the Roots Music Report, broke the Top 100 of the Americana Music Association’s album chart, and is receiving widespread commercial, college, public, and international radio play. The swampy instrumental “Pull ’em Up” has been featured in the widely acclaimed PBS television series “Road Trip Nation” and footage of Jones performing “Free To Miss You” live at The Bluebird Cafe has been featured in the British network television show “Amanda Holden’s Fantasy Lives”. The Brian Ashley Jones Trio showcased these songs as official performers at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and Brian was nominated for Best American Roots Guitar Player in the Alternate Root’s 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards!
Along with his own busy touring schedule, Jones has accompanied a diverse batch of artists on stage and in the recording studio including Grammy Award winning songwriter Jon Vezner, Eric Heatherly, Caroline Aiken, Thom Shepherd, Sara Hickman, Donna Hopkins, David Gans, Corinne West, Doug Jones, Donovan Roberts, Jeff Black, Diane Durrett, Ralph Roddenbery, Deep Blue Sun, Celeste Krenz, Wyatt Easterling, and Spuyten Duyvil.
Brian Ashley Jones has spent enough time as a Nashville-based singer, songwriter and guitarist to feel as if he’s in the music business for the long haul.
Music “is what I’m supposed to be doing, and I can’t imagine doing anything else,” Jones said in a recent interview with Dan Armonaitis for GoUpstate.com. “And most every other songwriter or musician I know who’s done it this long pretty much has the same attitude. … We just all feel compelled to do it, even when it defies logic.”
Brian will be joined by bassist Geoff Henderson on upright bass, adding additional depth and interest to the performance. We’ll have a great time and enjoy some great music. Please plan to join us for a lovely afternoon!
Music at 3:00 p.m. Light potluck and socializing at 2:00 p.m. Please feel free to bring a dish and beverage to share. Wine or beer are welcome. Water, glasses, dishes and silver provided.
For more information and an invitation, please contact Lee by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 773-334-5776.
Suggested artist donation $20 (All funds go to the musician.)