â€œListening is like running down a mountain on a switchback trail, the sound of surprise generating its own momentum. Thereâ€™s a punk glee inside the bluegrass craftâ€“and a punk vehemence inside the bluegrass smile.â€â€“ Greil Marcus
â€œ… charming, unusually graceful musicâ€ â€“ The New York Times
â€œ…like 1995 Wilco with the sensibility of 2007 Wilco.â€ â€“ The Onion AV Club, Milwaukee
â€œThey play their catchy originals with virtuosic mandolin jams and honky-tonk piano fillers, and top them with off-kilter, good-time harmonies.â€ â€“ Time Out New York
Jones Street Station make American music that is both contemporary and classic in character. Veterans of New York City’s roots music community, they released their debut album Overcome (as The Jones Street Boys) on Smith Street Records in October 2007. They are currently finishing their second album to be released in mid-2009.
The five members share a focus on songwriting, storytelling, harmony-singing, musicianship, and, increasingly, an exploration of combining genres to cultivate their dynamic signature sound. Compositions are a collaborative effort. All five members write, and the finished products are a rare synthesis of styles, enriched and polished as the group works through the pieces together to find each song’s final incarnation. These communal practices are the band’s foundation, both technically and philosophically.
In the nine months since Overcome’s release, momentum has built rapidly for the band. After a successful fall 2007 residency at New York’s, The Living Room, and a winter tour through the Midwest, the band was invited to play two events at the 2008 Sundance Festival: the Synchronized Green Initiative Concert Series and the New York Film Commission’s private finale party.
Most recently, The Jones Street Boys were commissioned to score nine songs for The Woodshed Collective’s production of Caridad Svitch’s Twelve Ophelias, as well as perform them live during the twenty-two date run this past summer in Brooklyn’s historic McCarren Park Pool. Additionally, June 26th saw the launch of “Live from Down Home” a monthly Americana music series, which the band helped develop, and now curate and host at the Housing Works Used Bookstore and CafÃ© – a Manhattan-based non-profit.
Jan 13 – Birdyâ€™s – Indianapolis, IN
Jan 14 – Uncle Festerâ€™s – Bloomington, IN
Jan 15 – The Old Rockhouse – St. Louis, MO
Jan 16 – The Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL
Jan 17 – Nomad Pub – Minneapolis, MN
Jan 18 – The Stonefly – Milwaukee, WI
Jan 20 – The Annex – Madison, WI
Jan 23 – The Southgate House – Newport, KY
Feb 5 – Live From Down Home – Housing Works CafÃ© – New York, NY
Feb 24 – The Somerville Theatre w/ Ben Kweller – Somerville, MA
Feb 25 – Town Hall w/ Ben Kweller – New York, NY
Feb 26 – The 9:30 Club w/ Ben Kweller – Washington DC
Feb 27 – Theatre of the Living Arts w/ Ben Kweller – Philadelphia, PA