Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. Justin Jones
Thu, 21 Jun 2012 15:36:09
Sometimes we like to beat people up (ie: interview them) before the rest of the mass media does. We pride ourselves on "being there" before anyone else or being a supporter in the early days. That feels like the case with Justin Jones. We like his record Fading Light, since it's a meshing of old-fashioned alt-country, rock and more, so we invited him into the ring for a Take Aim with Amy Sciarretto. He survived. Now, let's hope all the other cool kids follow suit and chat with him, too.
While Jones is not a household name -yet- he has an interesting history and has certainly developed a following, having opened for the likes of Sheryl Crow, Ray LaMontagne, k.d. lang, Grace Potter and the Drive-By Truckers throughout his career. He is currently embarking on a series of residencies throughout the Northeastern states in preparation for his soon to be announced summer tour plans.
He spoke about driving nearly eight hours a day while on tour and having a breakdown moment due to missing his family, but he emerged on the other side with a song! He also talked about his love of '90s rap. Holla!
Pick one song on Fading Light and put us inside the process - writing, recording, lyrics. An insider's view!
Last spring I was touring solo all over the south. I was averaging 7-8 hour drives each day and sort of losing my ability to relate to people in a social setting. I was also on this Simon & Garfunkel kick and I vividly remember driving to Mobile, Alabama, through this swampy area about 20 miles out. There's a bridge that lifts you up over the tree line, and the sun was setting and 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' is playing and I have to admit I was missing my kids, my wife. I was lonely. I just broke down. It was almost a comical scene, I mean I'm not the most sensitive of guys but here I am driving this huge 15-passenger van, by myself, down the highway, crying. I turned down the stereo and the end of 'I Can Feel It' was playing in my head. I recorded a voice memo on my phone of me singing the words 'Keep on trying, you're gonna get it, gonna get it' and when I got to my hotel that night I wrote the rest o the song. I can't remember anything about recording it, haha.
That's intense! Any non-music skills or hobbies?
I can cook.
If you were not doing music, you'd be... I've often thought I'd open a restaurant. Not sure what kind. I'm partial to Mexican/Tex-Mex. Maybe a taqueria.
Your music siphons from a lot of genres - what makes it so diverse?
I guess I just like a lot of different things. I grew up listening to Motown, country, bluegrass, rock. Really everything. I went to high school in the '90s so rap was really what I listened to then. I really loved Wu-Tang Clan back then. It's funny to think of that now. And often when I hear new rap, I'm not inspired. That's not to say there aren't great rap artists out there, I'm just less aware of 'new stuff.' I can't say I've been influenced by rap musically, but I draw from my life so it's got to sneak in there somehow.
Twitter-sized bio time! Give us 140 words of what you're all about!
My daughters. My wife. My family. My friends. My God. Love, peace. Good music. Education, be it academic, or spiritual. The journey is what I'm all about. I'm all about finding your passion, and I'm all about pursuing it. There's so much out there. So many adventures to find, and mysteries to unfold. I'm all about remembering what lead you to today, and what's to come tomorrow.
Are you going to check out Justin Jones and Fading Light? You should!