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Float Slowly

by Passenger Jones

A cello driven roots rock band from an old town.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Float Slowly
3:49 $0.99
2. Small Booth
4:08 $0.99
3. Bible
4:45 $0.99
4. Drag King
3:46 $0.99
5. Lonesome Crater
1:56 $0.99
6. Automated
3:49 $0.99
7. Clouds Fighting
2:36 $0.99
8. Reason
5:24 $0.99
9. Taste It
5:12 $0.99
10. The Things That Haunt Me
3:52 $0.99
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Album Notes
Two priests, a teacher, an architect, a web designer, and an oil land-man have collectively created the cello-driven roots rock band otherwise known as Jackson, Mississippi's own PASSENGER JONES.

Eight years ago John Bondurant (cello, architect), Taylor Hildebrand (singer/songwriter, guitar, teacher), and Patrick Sanders (singer/songwriter, guitar, Episcopal priest) began the quest many musicians embark upon-to simply make good music. The three spent two summers pooling their influences which range from Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Classical, Hip Hop, Widespread Panic, and the pantheon of singer/songwriters in order to refine themselves as serious and insightful song craftsmen.

After two years of basically living together, Patrick, Taylor, and John sent a demo to Chris Hudson, cousin of Blue Mountain's Cary Hudson, at Black Dog Records in Monticello, MS. Chris happily took the trio under his wing and guided them through recording their first EP, PEOPLE. PEOPLE was a rarity: a concept album with a concept that worked. The narrator, a listless writer named Passenger, observes the lives of those around him. Having little grasp on his own identity, Passenger steals the biographies he gleans and makes them his own through his words. "The character is aptly named," says music critic J. Lawrence Richardson. "Passenger has no drive of his own. He rides on the currents that other create."

Even though PEOPLE was produced at Route 1 Recording Studio (Black Dog's studio), the EP was independently promoted. In fact, the band's entire career to date has been self promoted. With their own money and help from their families, the band members pressed, assembled, and sold around 500 copies of PEOPLE while playing at local Jackson venues, such as Martin's and Hal & Mal's throughout most of 2002.

The following year-and-a-half saw the band grow in all directions. Taylor, Patrick, and John agreed that the sound of PASSENGER JONES needed more depth, so they enlisted bass player and longtime musical colleague Morgan Bondurant (web app. designer/brother to John). The sonic depth solidified the sound and allowed the songwriting to expand, too. Patrick and Taylor began writing songs geared towards a band that was performance-oriented. Maturing past glorified acoustic sets for friends and local fans, PASSENGER JONES grew into a complex electric-roots-rock group creating a textured Southern musical landscape.

Playing shows on regional stages, the distance traveled increased. This, of course, saw an increase in time commitments. While still holding down jobs, the band solidified it's commitment to itself and the cause of spreading their gospel of good music.

Other growth, though, was not as painful. The addition of drummer Dave Hutchison (oil land-man) and keyboardist extraordinaire Walton Jones (priest) saw the next step of the metamorphosis into the band in it's current incarnation.

With the help of their longtime friend and Producer Byron Knight and private investor David Selby, the band began starting it's own record label and production company, Sneaky B records. Recorded in Mississippi Delta Churches, mother's houses, and finally their own Victorian-house-turned studio (shared with 2 other bands), PASSENGER JONES' Float Slowly is their most enlightened, personal, and honest to date.



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Passenger Jones produced an excellent debute album. This is one of those cd's that you can sit around the house a drink, very relaxing. "Float Slowly" and "Clouds Fighting" are my two favorite songs. Passenger Jones has a unique sound, I'm looking forward to hearing more about them. Anytime you add a chelo in a rock band you got my attention! Great job guys.

Jamie Blanton

Great writing out of the gate!
With the current state of music you could assume that most bands look and sound great through the help of producers, management, and designers. Then through the trials of a life of live music, those that survive are able to produce/write true and genuine songs that appeal to the side of you not as concerned with how your outfit will look under black light. Passenger Jones is the rare exception of a collection of individual musicians that produce well orchestrated, well produced, and deeply meaningful songs right out of the gate. Vocalist Patrick Sanders' and Taylor Hildebrand's performances on this album are genius. The songs are as well suited to relating to those struggling with addiction and heartbreak as they are to the joyous. The album has a clear message and direction being heavily acoustic songwriter driven tunes with the perfect seasoning of cello, expressive percussion, and eletric piano/organ. A must have for any native Mississippian needing validation that true musical arts still flourish in our fine southern state.


These guys have come together to execute an amazing album that will absolutely take you on a journey. From beginning to end, Float Slowly is an eclectic mix of music and lyrics that could have only come from a group of talented and matriculating musicians. Whether its Taylor whaling into the mic or the resinating sound of Patrick's voice, this album is sure to please any desiring soul. Their sound has a nostalgic feel thanks to John, Mobo, Dave and Walt and it would be impossible to ignore their roots, having come from the south with its colorful flavor . Float Slowly is a passionate album with haunting lyrics. Their emotions are raw, but their talent in this collaboration is apparent.

Piston Honda

Think origami, grits, water sports
This album is amazing. I only listen to it with my bathrobe on. Any clothes will just get in the way of truly experiencing these wornderful tunes. So good you could weave a hammock out of the emotions you'll find yourself going through. They are both dense and catchy (i mean,the songs on float slowly and the hammock). If you can, hear these guys live. They'll rock you into submission. By the end of the show, you'll offer whatever inadequate things you've ever done in your whole life at their feet. Please, you'll say, I can't go on. I love too much. We've got one more, they'll say in the microphone. And you'll listen to it and go back home and put on your bathrobe and put float slowly on your cd player and climb in your hammock and think, what did I listen to before this album? Is there anything else? Either way, buy the album. It's great. Your experience might differ, but I guarantee you'll be caught off-guard by that hole in you that fills up when you hear their melodies, their sincerity, their honest-to-god ass-kicking rock and roll.