Pat Jones and Charlie Shew

Pat Jones and Charlie Shew

 Nyack, New York, USA
BandAlternativeAmericana

Modern day troubadour and jazz/rock/blues man Patrick Stanfield Jones releases A Heart and an Open Road, his solo debut on May 11. Fueled by prodigious chops honed over 30 years as a guitarist, composer and performer, Jones sings a 'conscious cowboy's' saga of love and life on the proverbial road.

Biography

On May 11, modern day troubadour and jazz/rock/blues man Patrick Stanfield Jones will release A Heart and an Open Road, his solo debut on Motema Music. Fueled by prodigious chops honed over some thirty years as a guitarist, composer and performer, Jones fearlessly – and with a dose of humor – dives into different genres, seamlessly transitioning from one style to the next, to sing a ‘conscious cowboy’s’ saga of true love, broken hearts and life on the proverbial road.

Flirting with jazz, toying with country and reveling in rock, Jones and his skilled band draw the best from their many musical influences on this action-packed disc. From the rolling country-rock jam of the title track to the swinging jump blues of “Crazy ‘Bout You,” to a surprising version of the Frank Sinatra hit “The Best is Yet to Come,” Jones shows up as a lovable composer/performer with deep passion and unflinching soul. “I guess I write in a ‘genre-melting pot’ style because that’s what I have experienced both as a person of multi-ethnic roots, and also as an itinerant performer meeting and playing with so many different kinds of people around this country,” says Jones. “At the core, these songs paint my picture of American music.”

Engineer/producer Larry Alexander, who won a Grammy® for his work with Janis Ian and is noted for work with Bon Jovi, Foreigner, Rickie Lee Jones and Joe Jackson, worked closely with Jones to synthesize the many sides of his talent into the vibrant collage that defines A Heart and an Open Road. Contributions by Jones’ band-mates and producer collaborators – drummer Don Gardner (John Pizzarelli, Mike Stern, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), bassist Barry Wiesenfeld (Rick Danko, Steve Forbert,) and keyboardist Rave Tesar (The Shirelles, Angela Bofill) – keep the energy high throughout the recording.

Backed in style by this capable crew, Jones takes full artistic reign of the project, having penned or co-penned all but four of the disc’s thirteen songs, while giving a nod to his cover-band days with a bluesy booze-soaked rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “No One Ever Tells You,” a slinky jazz-tinged version of Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love,” and a raucous romp through the Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh classic “The Best is Yet to Come.” Also covered is “The Whisky (Don’t Bring Me Down),” a wry ode to self-medication, written by Mike Guaranga, Jones’s long time musical mate from the NY state band, The Sylvester Brothers.

Jones’s original songs reveal the sensibilities of a long time rocker and jazz specialist with an innate sense of popular song structure. The CD’s opening and title track quickly sets the mood with soul satisfying bluesy guitar licks and a surprise twist on true love. Up next is the catchy “Block of Ice” a humorous bluesy rant over love gone south. “Lisa” is an insightful Beatles-esque work that could well be dubbed ‘the ballad of the sensitive man,’ while “Hammer” and “Yo Do De Do” both allude to tough times in the singer’s younger years. “Crazy ‘Bout You” and “If You Were My Baby” reveal Jones to be a true romantic at heart, as does the disc’s closer, “Changing of the Guard,” which leaves us on a hopeful note. “I’m always here for you baby,” he sings in this country ode to love gone right. Taken as a whole, these songs paint a clear picture of Jones as a man of integrity who realizes the importance of risk taking in the emotional arena.

Jones’s connection with Motema Music was initiated a few years back when Patrick’s brother (and label-mate) percussionist Kevin Bujo Jones, hooked him up to play guitar in label founder and president Jana Herzen’s band. Several years of musical collaborations led to Jones releasing his project on Motema. “Pat has a theatrical way with a vocal and he can play well in virtually any style,” explains Herzen. “He can really shred on lead guitar, which puts him in a league with people like Clapton, Stevie Rae Vaughn and Bonnie Raitt.”

Jones has been singing and playing guitar and other sundry instruments professionally since the ripe old age of 14. With gigs ranging from dives to major concert halls, he’s shared stages with the likes of Buddy Miles, Taj Mahal and Kenny Rankin, performed in national theater tours for Jesus Christ Superstar and Oh! Calcutta!, and has also performed in both jazz and classical arenas.

Wisdom gained from this exciting and extensive life on the road inspires both his playing and songwriting on A Heart and an Open Road. “These songs are little eclipses in time; some of it is humorous, and some of it is philosophical,” says Jones. Discussing the CD’s title track, the singer confesses, “I had always sought happiness and love in other people, and material things, only to realize what I really needed was to just learn to be content with myself.”

As Jones heads out to promote his solo debut, he says he looks forward to continuing his journey of self-discovery and keeping his heart full of love while back on the open road.

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Lyrics

A Heart and an Open Road

Written By: Patrick S. Jones

A Heart and an Open Road
Tulsa, Memphis and Austin,
this loverboy called himself a man...
Didn't know love, didn't know nothin' at all, 'till sweet baby took him by the hand...

Now it feels alright-
Got my baby and I'm down to go.
Got a good love and a green light- got a heart and an Open Road

I was dealin' in New York,
all the time I was a backwoods man
No one to blame they didn't see me that way
But I know my sweet baby can.

That's why it feels alright,
got my new baby, and I'm down to go.
Got a good love and a green light,
got a heart and an open road.

Had me a fast-time woman,
Left me in Houston with some pocket change.
(A) Fool with a number to nobody's phone, she must have seen me from a mile away....

Now it feels alright.
Got my new baby and I'm down to go.
We got a love and a green light,
Got a heart and an open road.

Sweet Rosalie you know she laid me,
Only like that good girl can
but I was lookin' for a full time love, and she was lookin' for a back door man!

But people it'd be alright,
If she told "Baby, I'm down to go;
I love ya honey, don't you worry 'bout cryin' it's gonna be alright, We want the same thing and I'm down to go."
" we got a love and a green light.
Got a Heart and an Open Road.

You know I love my sweet baby, always stays right by my side. Got 6 strings and she'll never change, and won't ever make me cry...

That's why it feels alright. When you got a baby that's down to go.
We got a love and green light,
Got a Heart and an OPen Road....

If You Were My Baby

Written By: Patrick Stanfield Jones, Nancy Strouss

If you were my baby,
Girl, we’d catch a fallin’ star
And take it back to heaven
Just you and me, and my guitar.

If you were my baby,
I wouldn’t have to sing the blues.
There’d be tears of joy because my life
Was like a fairytale, a dream come true.

If you were my baby,
Aw, I’d make your pony run.
and all those passin’ fancies
would show the way
back to your true love.

If you were my baby,
An ice cream day would be so nice.
Yes, it would be enough
I’d be livin’ it up just looking in your eyes.

Bridge:
Babe, if there could be a ‘me and you’
I’d make it safe for things that lovers do.
And if you held me tight
It would open up my life.
I want to give you so much more
So, won’t you open up your door
And let me inside.

If you were my baby,
Everyday’d be like the 4th of July!
We’d be runnin’ up that rainbow.
our love would brighten up the sky.

So come be my baby,
So I can tell you all the time
That it would be enough
I’d be livin’ it up just lookin’ in your eyes.
Yes it would be enough I’d be livin’ it up
Right there in paradise.

Discography

A HEART AND AN OPEN ROAD (2010)
1. A Heart and an Open Road
2. No One Ever
3. Block of Ice
4. Whiskey
5. Crazy ‘Bout You
6. Lisa
7. Hammer
8. Sunshine of Your Love
9. Love Attack
10. Best is Yet To Come
11. If You Were My Baby, Yo Do De Do
12. Changing of the Guard

MYSTERY PRIZE (E.P.) 2004

Set List

Song styles range from jazz to blue to rock, including originals such as 'Changing of The Guard' and rockin' blues tune 'Hammer,' to more jazz influenced material and cover tunes.