Doodlebug Sessions-Memory Pack No. 1
You can take the boy out of Ohio... When asked to describe his work, upcoming music maven Nova Jones always ends up mentioning his mid-western roots. And, though Jones has been a Los Angeles resident for nigh on seven years, he finds himself reminiscing about the place that fostered his first raw experiments with six strings and an esophagus, 'I'd like to say I miss the sweltering mosquito-infested summers along the Olentangy River, but I'd be lying. However, I harbor no better memories than those of driving down Route 33, windows down, with no particular destination in mind.' Indeed, the music of Nova Jones carries with it an earthy yet incandescent quality, an unselfconsciously spiritual urge for transcendence (as most recently exemplified in the soaring harmonies on his EP 'The Doodlebug Sessions: Memory Pack No. 1') tempered by a chord-based and bold reliance on the simplicity of the acoustic guitar. When you attend a Nova Jones show, don't expect fireworks and smoke machines. Do expect, however, to have a damn good time. That's because Jones not only is a master of his form, but also because he infuses every performance with an energy just slightly less contagious than SARS, an unabashed enthusiasm, and that sort of blunt and entertaining honesty one normally only finds in late-night chats with drunken friends. Not having fun at a Nova Jones show is like not wanting to heave when you hear your parents' mattress squeak: so unlikely it's damn near impossible. Jones draws his influences from such artists as Jim Croce, Crash Test Dummies, James Taylor, Neil Young, Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, the Electric Mayhem Band, Bryan Ferry, and the Beatles. And anything else, well, you can ask him yourself.