WATCH “BLACK COAL” ON VIMEO HERE
Nashville’s own Stone Jack Jones is pleased to announce his third full-length, Ancestor, out March 4th, 2014 on Western Vinyl Records. Produced with Roger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo, Sleater Kinney, They Might Be Giants, plus many more) and features collaborations with Patty Griffin, members of Lambchop, and Courtney Tidwell. Ancestor tells Jack's lifetime of experience into songs that use the esoteric narratives of an American rambler to elucidate the celestial worlds within each of us.
Intensely meditative, the album patiently explores the hardness of the coal mines, the mystery of suicide, the comfort of a dog's acceptance, the idea that forgetting all you know can be the first step towards hearing and reconnecting with your muse, and one man's gratitude for the love he's been given and the life he's had the chance to live. Yesterday, Noisey premiered Ancestor’s new single “State I’m In” (quote). Listen to itHERE via Soundcloud (please post and share).
Based in Nashville, but raised in a coal miner’s company house on the banks of Buffalo Creek, West Virginia, Stone Jack Jones is the descendant of four generations of coal miners. After being rejected from military service in Vietnam due to epilepsy, and discouraged from pursuing the coal mining business, Jack picked up his fiddle and began a life of wandering. By the time he landed in Nashville, where he met Roger Moutenot, Patty Griffin, and Kurt Wagner, Jack had worked as a carny, an escape artist, a ballet dancer, a professional lute player, and even owned a strip club.