For more than six years now, Jay Clark and The Jones have been playing hundreds of shows, making albums, selling thousands of copies of them, building a loyal fan base, and creating passionate rock and roll music.
Toronto, 1998: Jay Clark and The Jones was formed by old schoolmates Jay Clark Reid and Bobby Spencer. Shortly thereafter, Ian Philp and Ken Yoshioka joined, and finally Jairo Rodriguez and James Chapple entered the picture. Know that these gentlemen are as diverse as their music, hailing from some of the world's great cities: Tokyo, Santo Domingo, Kingston, and even Sarnia! Jay Clark and The Jones are what rock and roll is all about, or what rock and roll should be about anyhow. Their songs and sound are full of an honest and contagious desire so rarely found in rock and roll music today. And speaking of important rock and roll music:
Jay Clark and The Jones have just released their third album, Home Fires Burning. Produced by Toronto wunderkind Jameson Elliott, the album is a collection of ten live-off-the-floor true-blue rock and roll songs. Recalling The Band, The Beatles, the great Stax/Volt groups, Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones and even Bruce Springsteen, these songs are honest, catchy and passionate slices of classic rock and roll re-rendered and made new. And another rare treat: this is the kind of sweet-hearted rock and roll music that you can dance to and listen to on your headphones. A warm and inventive blend of electric guitars, keyboards, bass, drums, harmonica and horns, the songs are full of a rich desire and passion so often lacking in rock and roll music today. It's not just that rock and roll really matters to Jay Clark and The Jones; these boys live and die for it.
To be sure, this honest passion comes across beautifully when they play live. Jay Clark Reid's singing is raw and rocking and the band is so obviously in love with rock and roll. Their performances are infectious, fun, and moving all at once.
Jay Clark and The Jones make music that is old and new at the same time. Their influences are classic, but their songs are fresh and vital. Buy their albums. Go see them when they come to your town, and they will come to your town. Ask them to play at your daughter's wedding; they probably will. If you still love rock and roll, then I've got some good news for you: Jay Clark and The Jones are alive and well!
Check out the artist's website:
1. Open Invitation
2. Counting Stars
3. Home Fires Burning
4. Kitchen Door
5. Night in Question
6. Paranoid Photographs
7. Booze Can
8. Thank You
9. It's About Time
10. When You and I Were Young