CJ Jones & the Spirit Bones | The Odyssey of Cledus Jeremiah Jones

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The Odyssey of Cledus Jeremiah Jones

by CJ Jones & the Spirit Bones

This CD is Americana as it flows downstream into New Orleans picking up funky bass/drum runoff from the hillside streams = FUNKABILLY.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Eagle's Nest Blues
4:55 album only
2. I Got No One
3:17 album only
3. Jesus Is Coming
4:07 album only
4. Gold Mine
4:28 album only
5. Jack the Sniffer
2:35 album only
6. Blood On My Guitar
3:25 album only
7. Half Gone
3:31 album only
8. Stand Your Own Ground
3:30 album only
9. Smitten & Bitten
3:26 album only
10. Good as All
5:08 album only
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Album Notes
In the beginning, Cledus Jeremiah Jones was born into the Appalachian foothills. Some folks might a’ called him a hillbilly, but in fact his name was not Billy, it was Cledus Jeremiah Jones.
Musical historians and religious scholars disagree as to whether Cledus was more sinner or saint. Some Sundays he’d burn with the holy spirit; others, he was ablaze with holy spirits, white lightning, Appalachian moonshine. Nevertheless, in the eyes of the children who gathered near the fountains and pools where Cledus sang as he bathed, Cledus Jeremiah Jones was a prophet, a divine messenger channeling the spirits of the Appalachian foothills.
Scholars do agree on one thing - the parables and songs of Cledus Jeremiah Jones were not written of his own hand; rather, they were passed down by those who received the Gospel of Cledus. These children, after decades of roaming the hills and singing his songs, became known as the CJ Jones Spirit Bones.
We are grateful to these children who have preserved the legend. And here in this historical collection they bring you: The Odyssey of Cledus Jeremiah Jones.



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The best kind of hangover music
If the Coen Brothers wrote music instead of screenplays, this Odyssey would be the result. “The Odyssey of Cledus Jeremiah Jones” is the garage-band music your brother played, only well written and well mixed. It’s polished, but it doesn’t lose the gritty and funk. In this collection, all the Coen characteristics are there — from horror (snakes killing wives!) to mystery (where did that Mexican stash get stashed?) to adventure chasing off religious (“That’s good as all.”). From old spiritual, to new blues, to prime Prine, you’re gonna travel. This music feels so comfortable, if you’re not too easily distracted by waltzing across so many genres. It’s dirty. It’s sweaty summer. It’s the best kind of hangover, on a Sunday morning when you resent being dragged to church or told what to do. It’s beer-stained t-shirt to flannel to overalls easy without hard edges. It’s funny. It’s familiar. You will dance. Precious harmony, jazzy-licky and skillful short riffs take you floating on the river, or chanting in a tent revival. The sultry first chords of Eagle’s Nest Blues are trippy, but pay attention to the lyrics. Cledus gives us an existential journey, right out of Jefferson Airplane classics, except the chords are better marked. Those blues are followed by “I Got No One.” Ballad of sadness? Nah. In fact, none of the slower, sad tunes from Cledus takes you to a dark side. Rather, we’re transported with a big, fat grin — sultry to back-ass country — emerging with our brothers, who have giggled and guffawed their way through this entire endeavor. By gummy, they had good time making this music. This band of brothers goes back a-ways. These “children,” if you buy into the premise of a generation keeping Cledus’ parables alive, have a shared voice. We hear their influences: Clapton, Doors, Grateful Dead (the Dead get a nod in “Jesus is Coming”) and old-time. Definitely hitting a comfort zone on the bluesy parts. This music isn’t rushed, and the players aren’t taking themselves too seriously. But you memorize the infectious lyrics as they sway, change, and bring us home in and around mandolin, banjo, guitar, percussion, and a perfectly placed kazoo — what a rare treat that is. A hands-down favorite? “Jack the Sniffer.” Once you hear it, you’ll understand why lacy panties are fast becoming an unlikely souvenir from Cledus and his children. C.J. and the Spirit Bones are definitely channeling something, like crazy days that never end in a stream of consciousness haze. Yeah, they got this. You need to get it, too.