Jon Jones Band Not Included
JON JONES BAND NOT INCLUDED: YOU CAN HEAR HIM NOW. Irresistible, introspective and even at times gut-wrenching, Jon Jones' music is not easily forgotten. At six feet, two inches tall, Jon Jones is an imposing figure whose presence is easily felt once he steps on to the stage. When he speaks, he speaks through his music and writes about issues that effect everybody everyday. His thoughts run as deep as his bluesy baritone voice and when he is on stage, you can do nothing but sit up and listen. What you hear --- what you feel --- is restless, brash rhythms and brooding, soul-searching words. It is a combination that makes you want to hear more. That is the genius of Jon Jones Band Not Included, each song takes on a personality of it's own. Jon Jones studied music from elementary school on, and the first time he picked up a saxophone at age 8 was able to play it. It was in the guitar though that he found his true musical outlet, whether playing bass, lead or rhythm. He recorded his first song at age 12, at a professional studio in El Segundo, the home of LAX. In those early years there were many bands: Jon Jones and the Drones, Jon Jones and the Way Back Home, Jon Jones & the College Loans, Jon Jones and Strolling Bones, and of course, who could forget, Jon Jones and the Elite Citizens of Rome (ECR). Finally, after years of playing in bands, at age 23, Jon Jones decided to go it alone. Though he looks to the legends of rock for inspiration, Jon Jones rock-blues-acoustic sound is all his own. His longtime producer, Darian Rundall, has worked with bands ranging from Pennywise to Yellowcard and loves Jon Jones' original sound. 'Jon Jones is a breath of fresh air in the homogeneity of modern alternative music,' says Rundall. 'He embodies the experimental spirit that was the hallmark of the late 60's-early 70' scene, and is sorely lacking today.' His hundred-plus songs include such crowd-grabbers as The Doctor, Out of the Picture, One in a Million and Can You Hear Me Now? 'I hear the music all in my head: the guitars, bass line, a drum beat. The trick is putting it all together and making it work,' Jones says. 'On the flip side, when the tunes get stuck in your head, you can't get them out, and after awhile, believe me, you want to get them out but you can't. I guess that's a small price to pay.'