Storyteller Delves Deep Into A Rich World Of Soulful Roots and Folk



Chapel Hill, NC-- “A life of music is living!” is the motto that Glenn Jones has adapted for himself.  The musical die was cast for him early.  His older brother Davy Jones (punk rock Austin TX iconic guitarist for the Hickoids, Ideals, Big Foot Chester) was obsessed with music and shared that love by playing all kinds of music around the house and teaching a 6-year-old Glenn Jones his first chords on guitar.  By the age of 13 Glenn had his first paying gig as a bass player and singer.


Now Jones is a well-traveled songwriter, singer, musician, storyteller and performer.  He lives in the Chapel Hill, NC area, living a very full music life--he plays bass  and sings harmony for The Goodloves, Peter Holsapple Combo and is the musical director for the Carrboro Music Festival. But the absolute heart and soul of what he does is songwriting, playing and singing his songs wherever there’s a microphone.


Jones has completed his 3rd studio album, Ready for the Good Times at the famed Rubber Room Studio with legendary producer Jerry Brown (Jonathan Byrd, Mandolin Orange, Mipso, Steep Canyon Rangers and more). The 12 tracks include performances by a who’s who of North Carolina musical talent—including Joseph Terrell and Libby Rodenbough of Mipso, Andrew Marlin of Mandolin Orange, and Robbie Link on upright. 


Ready for the Good Times has a twinge of twang at times, sometimes it’s catchy and poppy, but it’s always heartfelt and real, with the focus on the character and story.  “I come from the pop/rock world,” Jones explains. “I am great at coming up with catchy.  My writing now still keeps a bit of that sensibility, but I’ve quit going for cute wordplay and the hook.  Now I focus more on the story and the overall feel.  My writing has matured and is more from the heart.”


Jones had long discussions in pre-production with Brown, which led to several songs changing significantly during the recording.  “I gave Jerry a charge to slow me down,” he said. “To let the words and story rule, not my voice or guitar.  He ran with it, and the result is exactly what we’d planned. He’d challenge me—‘Try it as a waltz!’ ‘Try it an octave lower!’ ‘Try it at half-speed!’ etc. I rebelled at first, then realized we were creating something special, and quickly learned to listen to and consider his ideas.”


The opening plaintive notes of Libby Rodenbough’s fiddle on “Ripples in the Pond” let’s you know you’re in for a treat.  Then Jones’ belting soulful voice kicks in, “Oh it’s hard when men of evil hold this world in iron hands.” Jones wrote the song after waking up on a particularly trying news day.  “I got more and more depressed and finally said ‘**** this,” he expressed.  “I told myself I wasn’t getting up until I’d written a song of peace and love, that said love will win.  Usually I agonize over a song for weeks, but I wrote that one in an hour.”


The songs range widely in theme and style.  There is the singalong humor of  “My Baby Makes Pie” and “No Fool Like an Old Fool” (complete with tuba), a song about the hard life of a Mexican housemaid in “I’m Not Francesca”, and “The Other”, a belting reminder that every group of immigrants through the centuries has faced discrimination and even death.  The duet “Let’s Make Some Good Old Days” playfully extolls the joys of a mature love.  The thread running through them all seems to be empathy and a positive spirit.


The title track, “Ready for the Good Times” is a 3 ½ year old song that was written just before Jones (who is now sober) was at his near-death rock bottom after waking up in a hospital, nearly gone from hypothermia after a binge.  “At the time I thought it was just a good tune, but in hindsight I was begging myself to make the change I needed before it was too late,” he discloses.  “Musically, Jerry changed this one completely.  Originally I played it live as a fast, loud, belting rocker.  Jerry heard the old demo and said,  ‘You sound like you’re trying to place something on a Zac Brown album’.  The half-speed country vibe was his idea and it took me a while to get used to it.  Now I love it and have trouble imagining it any other way.”


Jones who has led a full and interesting life, has more than dipped his toe in corporate waters. A full-time musician at 20, by the time he reached his 30’s  he had a wife and 2 children to support . Trying to live the “straight” life, he got his night law degree at 40.  “I worked my way up from the mail room to Senior VP/General Counsel.  I worked my way up to the 2% and lost it all, and I know what it’s like to not have benefits or health insurance and be in the 95%.  I’ve lived in a big mcmansion, and I’ve lived in a two room shack heated only with a woodstove.”  It was only after he came a few heartbeats away from being gone for good that he vowed that from then on, he’d put his first love—writing and performing music—first, for however long he had on this earth.  “I didn’t care if that road was a tough or crazy or a seemingly impossible one—it’s what I had to do.”


“My music reflects a life thoroughly lived, and my experience in a lot of different genres/styles.  Sure, I’m older than a lot of the folks out there trying to make it in the singer songwriter world.  But I have things to say, I know what matters in this life, and my songs resonate with folks because they sense that the words I sing are real and from the heart. This album—I want people to know that it’s great music from a seasoned writer with a lot to say and that it’s fresh and different.  I’m proud of this record and proud of these songs.”



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