The Swing States Road Show
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The Swing States Road Show

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The CD -- Swing States -- is getting some airplay. Very partisan music, so it's spotty. But!

We made TOP 10 at the Mountain Stage New Song Festival and we're on NPR's All Songs Considered at:

" grateful for what you three brought to the (Arlington) Kerry Karnival.  You were a great hit.  There was a lot of laughter and appreciation for your music and lyrics." (Jerry Mayer, A.P. School of Public Policy, George Mason U)

"You were the musical highlight of DemocracyFest, in my opinion." (National Coordinator, Rapid Response Network, Pittsfield, MA)

"The Executive Committee (Parkersburg, WV) was agog at what you brought to the table!" (Wm. Ambrose, lead agitator, WV for Kerry)

"Finally, a special thanks to Lea Jones of the "Swing States Road Show" for making the trip up from the Baltimore 'burbs to entertain us.  It was certainly a treat to hear the Road Show's humorous repertoire of Bush-bashing songs.  Do yourself a favor, everyone, and order their new CD (which just came out)." Kerry House Party Host, CHERRY HILL, NJ

Let us know where and when, and we'll be there! Sample tunes from the CD can be downloaded

"A fine, fine songwriter and a fine performer!" Tony Sica, WTMD, Baltimore

"...the band plays great and the vocals are strong. A solid collection of songs!"
Ken Croes, KLCC-FM, Eugene, Oregon

"Pairs non-dysfunctional love songs with a folky bluegrass style…feel-good music in the truest sense…"
Willamette Week, Portland, Oregon

"Your CD hasn’t left my car stereo for a week!"
WYPR-FM,Carol Madow, Baltimore

"A soothing and wide ranging voice, an imaginative songwriting ability, and a great wry-dry sense of
Eugene Folklore Society

"One of those natural performers who is able to establish good feelings with the audience from the first moment….a show that seems effortless and is a total joy."
Corvallis Folklore Society

- Lotsa folks


Our new CD - HOUSECLEANING - is at

Our first CD - Swing States - is available for purchase and listening ( and on

A bunch of Lea's songs have won awards. Lea's other (self-released) albums: Against the Wall, Feels Like Love to Me, More of Everything, Changing of the Guard, and Buffalo Romeo.

An original --"Turkeys in Texas"--was featured on a "Dump Dubya" compilation CD by Passive-Aggressive Records in NYC this spring.

A number of Lea's originals have been used in (indie) feature films.


Feeling a bit camera shy


The Swing States Road show performs original tunes and parodies dealing specifically with the State of the Union, the GOP, and our Commander in Chief. By definition, many of the songs are silly. Some are a little more pointed. Bottom line - they all swing!

Our influences include: Dan Hicks, Bob Dylan, Phil Harris, Bob Wills, Tony Orlando, REM, Loudon Wainwright, Michelle Shocked, and Woodie Guthrie.

The band oftens picks up talented local soloists as we travel.

Lea has performed at festivals and showcases from Seattle to Nashville (Bumbershoot, Northwest Folklife, Willamette Valley Folk Festival, Bluebird Cafe showcase).

Willy Gilmore played in every swing and bluegrass band in Eugene, Oregon from '85 to '97. He currently is living in an undisclosed location around Capitol Hill.

Multiple WAMMIE-award winning Seth Kibel plays clarinet and flute and directs the Alexandria Kleztet.

Dave Giegerich, another multiple WAMMIE-winner, plays dobro with us. He's the founder of the Hula Monsters.

Aaron Blouin is our bass man, playing stand up.