Press2016 BB awards and Summer tours
After her first successful European tour Stacy Jones returned to Seattle for the Washington Blues Society "Best of the Blues," awards where she received the BEST NW recording award for Whiskey,Wine and Water and the Blues Songwriter award. Stacy and her band were nominated for a record setting 19 awards. Tom Jones received the BLUES BASS award and Rick J Bowen received his 4th Blues Writer award. Stacy traveled to Memphis TN, in May to attend the BMA's and performed in 4 showcase events with the West Coast Women's Blues Revue, with Rick Bowen tagging along as the groups drummers for the mini tour.
Summer of 2016 Stacy and her band will make tour runs down to California and Nevada, and to Montanan and Idaho as well as playing several NW festivals and summer outdoor concerts.
A DVD from the groups appearance on Band In Seattle on the CW network is on the way.
Alternate Root review
Stacy Jones is knee deep in the Roots that rise out of the Pacific Northwest. The rhythms of her most recent release, Whiskey, Wine, and Water, at time use the arrangement template for Seattle grunge rock. The instrumentation becomes a united front of bass, drums, and guitar notes that rideshare a riff as they hop aboard “4 Days More”, and lend the model to roots rhythms that propel the bluesy non-apology for a drunk on “Can't Do Nothin' Right”. Stacy Jones puts herself behind the wheel of Whiskey, Wine , and Water, guiding the band as they loosen the slack on a wild hay ride with “Hole in the Sole”, swing with some western Country as they head into a show in “San Antonio”, and float through the breezy Americana sound flashes that makes up “Dreams”. Stacy Jones drinks a little “Whiskey, Wine, and Water” as she takes pride for heritage in the title track. - See more at: http://thealternateroot.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3452
Read MoreStacy Jones: Whiskey, Wine, & Water-cd review Innocent Words
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Coming off another award-winning year – 2014 Washington Blues Society “Best Female Vocalist” – Stacy Jones returns with another blistering blues long-player, ‘Whiskey, Wine, & Water.’
After the album opens the train-chuggin blues of “Can’t Do Nothin’ Right,” there’s a couple things conspicuously missing here. Jones dropped the “Band” from her moniker, and her harmonica-fused blues sound she built her career on is pushed to the back in favor of a more alt-country and dare I say folk as the primary basis of these song structures.
Don’t get me wrong, there are still elements of blues within these dozen tracks. The down and dirty title track has a little swagger to it, while the boogie woogie of “Keep On Keepin’ On” is an **** shaker. Aside from those three tracks, Jones’ influences of Big Mama Thorton, Muddy Waters, and Led Zeppelin are replaced by the country two-step of “You and Me, Tonight,” the 1960s folk of “4 Days More.” and the bluegrass of “Lost Lovers Waltz.”
This isn’t a bad thing, but it’s unexpected. With elements of the Carter Family and Lucinda Williams running throughout these tracks, Stacy Jones expands her repertoire and pulls it off because she had an amazing range as a vocalist. It’s just that ‘Whiskey, Wine, & Water’ is more Nashville honky-tonk than Mississippi juke joint.
Read More“Whiskey, Wine & Water” review -Sound Waves.com
“Whiskey,Wine & Water”
Seattle-based country-folk-Americana singer-songwriter Stacy Jones is a vocal powerhouse and talented musician who plays acoustic guitar, ukulele, harmonica, piano, organ, and electric slide. She has performed at South by Southwest, the Chicago Blues Festival and other national and regional festivals, and has been nominated for “Best of the Blues” awards in songwriting, performance, harmonica, guitar, and winning vocalist of the year.
Her fourth studio album, “Whiskey, Wine & Water,” features all new original songs recorded and co-produced by Floyd Rietsma (Pearl Jam and Dave Mathews) at Studio Litho in Seattle. Support is provided by Kevin Sutton, Sean Denton, and Mark Riley on lead guitar, Rick Bowen on drums, Tom Jones on upright and electric bass, and Jon Parry on fiddle. These are all top-notch musicians.
The CD wallet includes a pull-out with a signed picture and short explanations on how/why she wrote the songs – nice touch. The CD artwork is cool too, with a whiskey bottle listing the credits – creative.
But what stands out is Stacy’s voice
Read Morereview:Troy Michael ,Innocent Words
“With the rolling thunder blues of Howlin’ Wolf mixed with the honesty of Lucinda Williams, Stacy Jones is poised for big things to come with the fantastic new album ‘Whiskey, Wine & Water.’” Troy Michael, Innocent Words
review:Cliff McKnight, Nothing But the Blues UK
"If you thought you knew what to expect from a Stacy Jones album, you’re going to get quite a surprise when you hear “Whiskey, Wine And Water”. The up-tempo opening track “Can’t Do Nothing Right” gives a lie to the whole album, Stacy and the band can do little wrong! Unlike earlier albums, there are nice shades of country with fiddle on — “You And Me Tonight” and the tremendous rollicking “San Antonio” although both remain with one foot in the blues. Brooding ballads, power blues, gentle blues, up-tempo blues and the guitar on “Mama” is almost reminiscent of the Allman Brothers. Given Stacy’s harmonica skills, they’re a bit under-represented. However, Kevin Sutton (guitar), Tom Jones (bass) and Rick J Bowen (drums) provide a real power trio to show-case Stacy’s voice. The band’s best album yet in my humble opinion!" Cliff McKnight, Nothing But the Blues UK
review: Jonathan "Oogie" Richards NWCZ
Stacy Jones connects with her Country Roots telling her story of a Whiskey & Water Baptism that lace Blues and Rock edges bringing this collection of songs to life. She embraces the Singer-Songwriter she has developed into with a conviction that listeners will relate to. From “Can’t Do Nothing Right”, “Whiskey Wine and Water” to “San Antonio”, crack the Crown and get down road with Stacy’s musical story." Jonathan Oogie” Richards NWCZ Radio
review: Glen Casabeer, Northwest Music Scene
“With her feet firmly planted in roots based music, Stacy Jones pays homage to the blues but experiments by mixing in some mild-Americana and subtle country licks. Dynamic vocals fueled by powerful lyrics help her blaze through track after track of music that will surely get the listener up on their feet and out on the dance floor.” Glen Casebeer, Northwest Music Scene
Blues Blast Review Sept 14 2012
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Stacy Jones Band - Live and Untapped
EZ Money Records
11 songs; 62:28 minutes
Styles: Modern Acoustic and Electric Blues
Summer is a fantastic season for live blues concerts, whether indoors or out. In 2011 the Stacy Jones Band took the stage at Kennewick, Washington’s Untapped Blues and Brews festival--hence the name of their third album, “Live and Untapped.” Featuring music from their 2010 “Long Time Comin’” and 2011 “No Need to Spell It Out,” this release is a crowd-pleaser. Blues artists often pour extra energy into their live shows, although the overall sound may be less polished than on a studio album. That energy is certainly the case here, revealing why the Washington Blues Society deemed Seattle’s Stacy Jones and her crew “Best New Band” in 2009, and Jones as “Best Female Vocalist” in 2010. Joining her are Jeff Menteer on guitar and vocals, her father Tom Jones on bass, and Rick Bowen on drums and vocals. Besides a killer arrangement of T Bone Walker’s “T Bone Shuffle,” here are the three best of the band’s five original songs, among eleven total:
Track 02: “Heavy Water”--Written about New Orleans, this track eerily describes its conditions during hurricane season: “Black skies boiling far out to sea. Shades of warning, I do believe. Get yourself ready….” The chorus is far more infectious than those in natural-disaster songs have a right to be, and despite its moderate tempo, this song feels heavy due to Tom Jones’ bass and Bowen’s backbeat. “Feel the waves; feel the sound. Heavy water comin’ down!” In the wake of Katrina and, recently, Isaac, it’s especially poignant.
Track 06: “You Belong to Me”--The sixth song on this CD is a low-down, throw-down, swinging sensation! Stacy tells her latest conquest, in no uncertain terms: “Like a fish in the sea, you belong to me!” Her keyboard work here is absolutely phenomenal, and so is Menteer on growling electric guitar. Listeners, if they’re already standing up, will move and groove, and those who remain seated until this track’s over will wish they had.
Track 09: “Waitin’ On Love”--Number nine features another of Stacy Jones’ various talents, blues harmonica, with savory riffs in the middle. No one likes to play the waiting game when it comes to romance, least of all our narrator. “You’ve got me anticipating, baby, when you’re gonna make your move….” Her vocals are the most striking on this short and sweet selection, clocking in at three minutes and twenty-three seconds. Perhaps the band doesn’t want to keep blues aficionados waiting for a good time to grab the dance floor!
Since Stacy Jones and her band are decent songwriters in and of themselves, one might wonder why they spent so much time on covers here (e.g “Miss You,” “I’d Rather Go Blind,” and “You Upset Me Baby”). However, when one’s “Live…”, festival-goers might still gravitate toward the familiar. It’s a shame, because their full potential is still “…Untapped.”
Reviewer Rainey Wetnight is a 32 year old female Blues fan. She brings the perspective of a younger blues fan to reviews. A child of 1980s music, she was strongly influenced by her father’s blues music collection.