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A Band of Jones

A Band of Jones was formed in 2014 by brothers Ryan(drums) and Justin Hill(bass) and their first cousin John Spears(guitar/vocals). The guys grew up in a north Mississippi Apostolic Pentecostal church where they learned to play old hymns and standards by ear.

A Band of Jones
A Band of Jones

Time & Location

Jul 26, 2024, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Trussville, Trussville, AL, USA

About the Event

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After a handful of shows, the fellas stopped playing and focused on their personal lives. Each of them got married and started families and careers. Although the guys remained close, it wasn’t until 2014 that the trio came back together; this time to record a garage demo of a few country songs that John had written. The guys decided to call themselves A Band of Jones, as an ode to the trio’s grandparents. However, after a couple of shows and a 5 song homemade EP, the guys once again went on hiatus to focus on other things.

In 2016, after getting some traction with his original songs on social media including having a few songs recorded by other artists, John decided to call on the guys again. Ryan Hill once again agreed to play drums, however bassist Justin Hill was unable to commit due to family and career obligations. Enter Clifton, TN native, Charlie Dicus.

Charlie, a reputable bassist, had been working at a local music store in Savannah, TN that happened to host a Songwriter event that John took part in. It was there that John and Charlie became acquainted. After a couple of impromptu jam sessions at the store, John approached Charlie about playing bass in the band. He agreed and A Band of Jones was back in business.

The band released their first single, “High at Home”, in 2018. Then in 2019, after adding Bradley Crawford(guitar) and Luke Braudway(guitar/vocals) to the lineup, the guys recorded their debut EP at Farmhouse Studio in Moscow, TN. The EP was released in Sept 2020 and featured the singles “Strait Time” and “Good as Gold” which both garnered local attention and radio play, as well as a Live from Farmhouse version of “Room at the Cross” which has become a fan favorite.

In February 2021, the band announced plans for a full length album. In April 2021, “Does It Have a Radio”, the first single from their upcoming album, was released to rave reviews and has received consistent airplay at multiple radio stations across the southeast. The video for “Does It Have a Radio” has been featured on multiple media outlets including the country music powerhouse media outlet Country Rebel.

In addition to "Does It Have a Radio", the band has released 4 more singles including "Anyway", "Katie", "The Man I Need To Be", and the regional hit "Chalybeate" before releasing their highly anticipated full album of the same name. Songs from Chalybeate have been in steady rotation at local radio stations and featured on The Paul Gallo Show out of Jackson, MS.

In February of 2022, A Band of Jones was nominated for 10 Tennessee Music Awards and took home 4, including Entertainer of the Year, Country Artist of the Year, Song of the Year (Does It Have a Radio), and Music Video of the Year (Does It Have a Radio). In May, the band garnered 3 Josie Music Awards nominations including Male Country Vocalist (John Spears), Country Group Music Video of the Year (The Man I Need To Be), and Country Group of the Year.

In 2023, with new steel guitar player Kevin Cummings added to the lineup, the fellas went back into Farmhouse Studio to record new music. "The Wagon" was released in April along with a music video which has garnered well over 100k views across platforms. In August of 2023, a follow-up single "Slow Dancing" was released with a video scheduled to release in October. "Slow Dancing was co-written with Mississippi Country Music legend, Jeff Bates. In addition to releasing new music, A Band of Jones has began taking the show on the road with scheduled dates across the country.

The guys cite a list of influences across multiple genres including artists such as Third Day, George Strait, The Old 97’s, John Mayer, Everclear, Audio Adrenaline, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Metallica, Creed, Lori McKenna, Elmore James, Jamey Johnson, and many more. Their broad range of influences, unique perspectives, and relatable lyrics help to give A Band of Jones a sound all their own and has helped them to quickly grow a passionate fanbase that is continually expanding.

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