Jay Clark and the Jones

Jay Clark and the Jones


Take a dollop of folk, add a spoonful of amplifier, soak in whiskey and you've got the swagger and good rock sense of these alt country darlings.


Jay Clark and the Jones is a five-piece independent band from Toronto. Their music is true North American music and stands four square in a line from the Byrds through Bruce Springsteen; Otis Redding to Tom Petty, Lightfoot, Dylan and beyond. It conjures the Ventura and Trans-Canada Highways, convertibles and the wide-open spaces at the Heartland of the continent in equal measure.

Led by songwriters/guitarists Jay Clark Reid and Ian Philp, with Sean Dignan on drums (Dodge Fiasco, Suckerpunch), Chris Staig on bass (Taxi Chain) and indie composer/multi instrumentalist Jack Breakfast (piano, organ), they have been weaving stories of life, love and loss for nearly a decade.

Jay Clark and the Jones new and third disc Blue Cholera (February 17, 2009 release), an album exploring themes of faith, social breakdown and gentrification, was recorded by musician/producer Andy Magoffin at The House of Miracles studio in London, Ontario (Two Minute Miracles, The Hidden Cameras, The Constantines and Jim Guthrie).

Jay Clark and the Jones have previously released two full-length albums; Grenville County Blues (2002) and Home Fires Burning (2004). Both recordings received play on CBC, commercial and college radio in Canada and Home Fires Burning charted nation wide and was featured as #37 in the top 50 albums of 2004 at CKCU FM, Ottawa.

In 2002, Jay Clark and the Jones played the ‘Math Band’ in the CanStage production of the Pulitzer Prize winning play Proof, directed by Martha Henry (a fan), and in 2003, they appeared on the Food Network as special guests of the Manic Organic Antony John.

The band has shared the stage with such acts as Chris Hillman of the Flying Burrito Bros, Elliott Brood, Justin Rutledge, The Chickens, Pearlene, Loomer, Jim Bryson, Southside Johnny and the Jukes, Greenfield Main, Wayne Omaha and the Sunparlour Players.

Jay (originally from Kinston, Ontario) hosted one of Toronto's premiere songwriter nights: The Open Wound at Mitzi's Sister in the Parkdale area (2000-2002), and now programs music for the annual Sorauren Park Festival and the Local Pub on Roncesvalles Avenue in the city’s west-end.

Ian Philp moved to Toronto from Sarnia, Ontario in 1997 and with pal Martin Lees, Ian formed the seminal garage rock band The Johns, releasing two albums to critical acclaim. Philp then met Reid and his compositions proved so strong, they were included in all of Jay Clark and the Jones releases.

“Take a dollop of folk, add a spoonful of amplifier, soak in whiskey and you've got the swagger and good rock sense of these alt country darlings.” – Vitamindaily.com.

“Jay Clark Reid testifies with raw, passionate and world-weary lyrics and vocals... He conjures up a whole landscape and lifestyle in the space of a verse...A fine album. 8/10” – Americana U.K.

“Jay Clark and the Jones are contenders... the songwriting of Reid and Philp has matured with both having become adept at writing convincing tear-jerkers.” – Exclaim.

“Jay Clark Reid emotes great passion.” – Birdmansound.com.

“Echoes of Grievous Angels, Blue Rodeo and Andrew Cash. Reid paints compelling portraits of the continent’s rugged terrain and the effect on the people who experience it.” – Exclaim.


Last to Know

Written By: Jay Clark Reid.

There was a beacon in the distance so we pulled off on the side of the road. I strained my eyes and I followed an army which had gathered to behold that we won't be the last ones, we won't be the last to know. A preacher stood alone up on a platform and warned of fire and brimstone from above. He said cast out all your dreams and your possesions, throw away your mind and spread the love and we won't be the last ones, we won't be the last to know.

all that sorrow will only beat you down until you cannot suffer anymore, and
you will go.. i know you won't hear it but i'll tell you again, keep looking forward.


2000- Who Shot Jay Clark and the Jones (EP)
2002- Grenville County Blues
2004- Home Fires Burning
2009- Blue Cholera

Set List

30 minutes to 4 hours.
all original.
cover Springsteen, Petty, Earle, Neil Young, Smithereens, Tom Waits etc....