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by JP Jones

Lyric and folk-based, but not genre-driven, "Touch" is a personal, intimate masterwork from from one of the world's best, and barely-known songwriters.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. Touch
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2. Cowboy Hat
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3. Helen Front
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4. Helen Back
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5. Yes
4:25 $0.99
6. Little John Little
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7. Kenyon's Mill
4:58 $0.99
8. God Shaped Hole
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9. Your Problem
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10. Endless Highway
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11. Jimmy Jones
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Album Notes
“JP Jones may well be the best modern folk musician in the country, a man who in the past attracted the ears of giants yet today remains a virtual unknown...extraordinarily rewarding fare, easily the best genuine modern folk music I’ve heard in the last 10 years.” - Mark Tucker -

“When all is said and done, there are maybe a score of singer-songwriters today who combine deep insight into the human psyche with a broad grasp of history, religion, literature, American mythology and landscape - plus a real genius for writing both words and melodies. JP Jones ought to be counted among them.” -- Hugh Blumenfeld - Sing Out!

"One of the best songwriters in the indie world." - Jan Best - Independent Songwriter Web Magazine

John Paul Jones aka JP Jones (born April 10, 1949, Wakefield, RI, active 1973-present) is an American singer-songwriter and composer. A self described “mystic in the tradition of the New England Transcendentalists,” his work draws from authors and philosophers, painters and poets, from the American folk and blues traditions, from popular music of the 1960s and from the work of classical composers who he fell in love with as a kid and later studied formally in college.

And it’s not without a sense of humour:

“I do not play no rock n roll
I gave that up a long time ago
I do not jam I do not rap
I do not wear no cowboy hat

I do not play no Delta blues
I do not pay them kinda of dues
if you were me you would not too
unless of course you're black... and blue

I sing my song and that's my act
I do not wear no Cowboy Hat

I do not swing I do not bop
I do not know how not to stop
I do not play no modern jazz
never had the mentor or the master class

I sing my song and that's my act
I do not wear no Cowboy Hat

I do not play no funky stuff
I would but I'm not good enough
I'd like to once and go for broke but
I do not play no old time folk

I sing my song and that's my act
I do not wear no Cowboy Hat

I do not write no Rite of Spring
twelve tone tango's not my thing
only got one bell to ring
even bird brains get to sing”

But Jones is a guy with a serious message. Touch - the signature song on the CD – is an ethereal paean to mortality and the privilege of being alive on this earth and in relationship to one another. The keys are deceptively sweet, while the bottom end hits hard. Chris Vaillancourt’s lead guitar stars.

Best known in folk circles, Jones writes haunting songs that cross genres by turns humorous, rousing, reflective, zany and profound. It’s all on display with Touch.



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