The Bones of J.R. Jones will have you feelin’ the blues. The singer’s warm, analog sound is complete with a rich, haunting voice – one you wouldn’t necessarily expect from the reserved singer. These bones have lived multiple lives and sing spiritual hymns of troubles and sins.
The single “Ticket Home” is a brooding ballad that will transport you to another era. Singing about the devil and redemption Jones cries, “I swear I ain’t a criminal, just a man who needs a miracle.”
Jones told Noisey, “[Ticket Home] was originally written for a film, but the song was never picked up…The rhythmic humming was inspired by Alan Lomax’s work songs—those songs, sang in the fields by chain gangs provided the atmosphere I was after. I wanted to convey the idea of redemption from your darker side, from sins, from past transgressions and to write about that desperate desire to find your way past the hardships in front of you… something to get you to some sort of peace.”
The Bones of J.R. Jones’ sophomore release, Dark was the Yearling, is out now.