Brian Ashley Jones is a soulful singer, accomplished guitarist, and versatile Americana songwriter whose guitar-driven Country, Blues and Bluegrass songs have been placed in film and television and recorded by Hudson K, Greg Humphries, Donna Hopkins, Doug Jones, and a variety of other performing artists. Originally from the Greenville/Spartanburg area of South Carolina and now based in Nashville, Tennessee, Brian performs internationally at festivals and concert series and leads seminars for music education programs and music business conferences. Jones was nominated for Best American Roots Guitar Player in the Alternate Root's 2011 Reader's Choice Awards and has recorded a soon to be released 3rd CD of original songs entitled Out Of The City featuring Jonell Mosser, Suzi Ragsdale, Ike Stubblefield, and Kevin McKendree!
Brian's 2007 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 received 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 and 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
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, Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame inductee Jerry Foster, 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.
What people are saying!
"...an excellent guitarist and thoughtful singer-songwriter"
- Jack Silverman, Nashville Scene
"...a master class on how to play the guitar"
- James Soars, Maverick Magazine (UK)
"...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.
"Courier would sound as good on a down-home, back-porch boombox as a hi-fi stereo system normally tuned to NPR."
- Chris DeVille, Columbus Alive, Columbus, OH.
Tisha Simeral - Upright Bass & Vocals
Marshall Richardson - Drums
Brian will release another full LP in early 2013 featuring contributions from Jonell Mosser, Ike Stubblefield, Kevin McKendree, and more!!!
Out of The City (LP) Fall 2013
River Bones (Single) 2010
Let's Get Blazed For The Holidaze (Single) 2010
Live at Eddie's Attic (EP) 2009
Courier (LP) - 2007
Come Out and Play (LP)- 1997
Meet Me In The River
Acoustic Trio - Take
Fetch A Pail
Acoustic Trio - Free To Miss You
Acoustic Trio - Think it Over
Electric Band - See You Wasting Time
Would You Come If I Go (Acoustic Version)
Review: Brian Ashley Jones - Courier
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Brian Ashley Jones originates from South Carolina but is in the right place in Nashville at the mome...Brian Ashley Jones originates from South Carolina but is in the right place in Nashville at the moment. His music is of high quality and he could be seen as the long lost musical lovechild of Eric Clapton and Johnny Cash with touches of Gary Moore maybe. Strong songwriting is backed by excellent guitar playing skills and captivating vocals. The rootsy influences ranging from rock & roll, to blues, to country are obvious and played with a passion.
Jones releases "Courier", which features 11 songs that, together, make an album of sheer beauty and a world of promise. The opener, Free To Miss You is an uptempo country-folk song that has a nice ring to it. Jones' subtly builds a sound reminiscent of the early/mid 70s (think Eagles, Little River Band, just a bit more folky) in which this song comes to full bloom. After the strong start, the album continues with the radio friendly Courier. The gritty title track is a classic country love song in the making. The catchy beat and powerful vocal performance by Jones simply gets you.
Take is one of Brian Ashley Jones very best songs. He shows his talent as both a songwriter and guitarist on this song, while his passionate and powerful vocals give this song so much feeling. No wonder he was a finalist at last years Flat Rock Music Festival's Emerging Songwriter Contest. And seemlessly effortless the album continues with another potential radio single. More Than Survive is one of those songs that just gets better and better. After these excellent songs, Jones goes off in another direction with an all instrumental song. Pull 'em Up, which you might recognize from the TV show 'Road Trip Nation', is an excellent showcase of Brian Ashley Jones' musical capabilities. He mixes together different styles into one big mix that he executes very well.
The poppy Johnny Appleweed is a potential hit single, with its singable melody and recognizable character story. Combine this with Brian's lively delivery of the song and you have all the right ingredients for success. The bluesy Think It Over showcases Jones' guitar skills as this is the best part of the song. It's a pretty good song apart from that too, but with the standards Jones is setting for himself I don't consider it to be his best on this album.
But with Maybe Then we have another gem on our hands. The gentle and mid-tempo rootsy pop song has the ability to crossover into AC radio as well as country radio. It's a good middle way and especially Jones' vocals come out perfectly. And though there's a certain contrast with the former song, As Of Yet is a natural continuation of the album. The lack of vocals is something you hardly notice because Brian is able to let the instruments speak (especially his guitar). The song tells a story without words, which makes it even better, in my opinion.
With a tad rockabilly, Jones provides another great guitar song. I Ain't Jokin' has a bluesy, rockabilly sound and provides the opportunity to show vocal versatility for Jones. The groovy vocals and precise guitar playing make this one of the very best songs on "Courier". We now arrive at the very ending of the album, unfortunately. The sweet country ballad A Song To Move Me with its emotional feel and heartfelt delivery is a stellar way to end this impressive record.
With "Courier", Brian Ashley Jones establishes himself as a rootsy singer/songwriter/guitarist/multi-instrumentalist to watch. His music showcases the highest of qualities and is both enigmatic and powerful. His music moves you and his skills impress you. "Courier" is a must hear for fans of this kind of music.
Two 60 min sets of original music or one 90 minute set depending on venue/show.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.