Jara Jones | King of the Hobos (Official Cast Soundtrack)

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King of the Hobos (Official Cast Soundtrack)

by Jara Jones

American folk-rock musical set in 1930, dealing with the makeshift funeral for a hobo and real-life activist: James Eads How
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Hobo Funeral
3:04 $0.99
2. Smoky
5:28 $0.99
3. Hobos, Tramps & Bums
2:38 $0.99
4. Mulligan Stew
3:50 $0.99
5. Honest Day's Work
1:59 $0.99
6. Tonight's Enough
2:59 $0.99
7. Fight Dirty
2:35 $0.99
8. Stop Drinking Jake
1:46 $0.99
9. Modesto
4:59 $0.99
10. King of the Hobos
5:26 $0.99
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Album Notes
The charismatic Gilly (Jara Jones) pays tribute to How on his homemade cigar-box guitar, using his voice beautifully to convey the emotion he feels toward the loss of his friend, and the glee he gets in talking about hobos. You see, Gilly is proud to be a hobo and he takes the time to carefully explain this kind of life. Neither tramps nor bums, hobos follow a much nobler tradition of doing hard labor to earn their keep, riding the rails with one eye on the scenery and the other on their shoes. They do it for the love of the freedom, not because they can’t get by otherwise.

As for the music, Jones’ rich voice is a nice complement to his very interesting guitar, and the original songs are a great way to carry the narrative forward. There is a nice balance between ballads and more upbeat folk-rock songs.

As an experience, King of the Hobos is a unique one in that I can’t say I’ll ever attend a funeral for a hobo. But if you’re a lover of travel and Americana, and are in tune with the plight of the homeless, this is a show you may enjoy.



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