Foscoe Jones and the Distractions

Foscoe Jones and the Distractions

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The music is an eclectic mix of acoustic rock, old school country blues, and funky Americana.

Biography

Foscoe Jones is a singer/songwriter who always gets asked the same two questions... “Is that your real name?” and “What kind of music do you play?”
The music is an eclectic mix of acoustic rock, old school country blues, and funky Americana.
“Its all about the song,” Foscoe explains “I try to write lyrics that are meaningful, up front, and to the point. The Distractions play according to what the song needs in order for it to fit the mood. The mood is an auditory representation of a feeling that captures the moment, and the moment is filled with darkness, desperation, truth, laughter, love, faith and hope.”
The name Foscoe is taken from a small town in the mountains of North Carolina.
"I lived in Foscoe, N.C. for a few years when I was going to school at Appalachian State University. I made a CD called Foscoe and the name kind-of stuck. One day someone asked me what my name was and I just found myself saying Foscoe Jones.”
Hailing from a family of musicians in North Carolina, Foscoe absorbed the guitar and fiddle sounds that filled his home and the stories that were shared at every gathering.
“The folks back in NC have a country / bluegrass sound. That style is in my blood and comes natural, but I grew up with jazz, hip-hop, rock and roll, funk, R&B, etc. You know, any good music I could get my hands on” Foscoe wrote his first song in 1987 and has been writing and performing ever since. FJ’s move to Austin in 1999 brought him in contact with what he considers the perfect mix of musicians.
Affectionately called The Distractions, Foscoe’s back up band is always a tight combo.

Lyrics

Bound to Change

Written By: Foscoe Jones

Bound to Change
Its all up to you to choose the road that you go down
You choose to look the way you look- You choose to sound the way you sound
I don’t think I’m always right- I believe the things I know
You’ve got to make your own decisions about which way you’re going to go
I won’t tell you what to do, or what to think, or what to say-
the only thing for certain- is that everything will change

Sometimes I pray when I’m driving down the road
I pray God give me a sign the sign said this lanes closed
I don’t look behind me my mistakes and my regrets
Are just the lessons that I’ve learned and the boundaries that I’ve set
I set them for myself- they’re not set to fence you in
Everything’s bound to change- that’s the way its always been

The last few months were blurry and the music was too loud
‘till it didn’t sound like music- it just sounded like sound
Maybe I’m just too old and stuck here in my ways
Maybe I’m old fashioned maybe I’m afraid to change
Every days an endless puzzle- everybody plays the game
The only thing for certain is that nothing stays the same

We plan our little plans and we set our little goals
We try to get ahead and we try to take control
We fight our little wars- and we pray our little prayers
We’re all working on the puzzle and the pieces aren’t all there
I’m just playing just to play- there aint’ nothing left to win
Everything’s bound to change- that’s the way its always been

You need my advise just like another hole in your thick head
Won’t you go on do what you want - have as much fun as you can
Who knows for sure to say what will happen down the road
But you’ll always be somebody that I’m thankful that I know
As sure as the sun will set it will rise up the next day
And the only thing for certain- is that everything will change.

Thanksgiving

Written By: Foscoe Jones

Thanksgiving
It was Thanksgiving and I was thankful
I was kind- of sad ‘cause my family was far away from me
But they passed around the phone and they took turns taking pictures
Of who ever was talking on the phone to me
‘bout as close as we could be
It was Thanksgiving and I was thankful
I was eating turkey with my girlfriends mamas family
Ate a little too much- mixed in with lots of smiling’ faces
She’d known ‘em all of her life and I had never seen ‘em
All American, all American
taking it for granted every other day
Not today, not today
Why you so far away?
It was Thanksgiving and I was thankful
I was playin’ music- with my friends
I was a little out of tune- but I was singin’ right on time
My friends were playin’ right behind me
All American, all American
taking it for granted every other day
Not today, not today
Why you so far away?
It was Thanksgiving and I was thankful
I was just thinking’ about my granddaddy
don’t it seen like he was here just last Thanksgiving
But he died way back in 1993
We were as close as we could be
It was Thanksgiving and I was thankful
They were already playin’ Christmas songs
They were singin’ “Joy to the world” “Away in a manger”
I was just watchin’ the war on TV
All American, all American
taking it for granted every other day
Why you so far away?

Discography

1997 The single "My Problem" was used in the Guilty, a major motion picture staring Bill Pullman
2001 "Live" A limited edition album sold 1000 units
2003 "A song like this" New studio album set for release in Jan. 2004.

Set List

The Set list depends on the venue and the crowd.
A typical set is 70% original and 30% old country and rock covers.