Dark Was the Yearling

From the get-go, this album is serious.  Calling forth the ancestral wails of Appalachia and the dirty, sad soul of the Southern Delta in a stern mixture of truth, anger, fire, and – if you look under enough rocks – love; this, the second effort from The Bones of J.R. Jones, doesn’t disappoint.  If you’re looking for something simple, something to play in the background, something that doesn’t grab what’s left of your soul, then look elsewhere, for you won’t find that here.  This is music to get angry to, to do some stomping to, to cuss out your past, forlorn lovers to, to make cross love to, to let go to and wander unfettered into an old soul, an old sound that makes itself relevant and timely by the sheer brilliance of what it does.  It is obvious a lot of thought and sweat went into the making of this album and it pays off as it grabbed my attention from the start and when, at infrequent times, the music might have lost its grasp on me, I found myself getting lost in the lyrics and the emotion and the feel of what is being done here and, to be perfectly honest, it feels good.

There is a heartfelt, beautiful simplicity found throughout the album, more noticeable on some songs (Hearts Racing, The Dark, The Plan) that others, but present throughout.  While the first offering from this artist came at you like a vindictive runaway train, there seems to be a bit of a different aesthetic at work here, as if a different part of the heart was explored for some of this music, a part that holds a mildly sad and forsaken longing for things to be just a little different, whether it be a mindful musing on the past, or a mountain lake blue look towards a future almost bereft of hope.  I felt this album all through its entirety.  It affected me.  It made me aware of things that I thought I had suppressed and, at times, it lulled me into a numb, world weary complacency only to bring me slamming right back to the present with a wry smile and a gentle, reassuring pat on the back.

My advice: spend some time with this this album, with this artist.  Feel his emotions and his love and his indignation and let it get under your skin.  Don’t think you’ve heard it after having only heard it once; else you’ll be doing yourself a great disservice.  Seriously.  Listen to this album, suck it in, ponder it, let it consume you, run away from it, put it aside and come back to it, feel it.  Every time I listen to it I hear and feel something entirely different from the time before and it just makes me want to smile and nod like I know something.

Good Friend Of Mine
Fury of The Light


april 2014

Title: Scratch
Artist: Morphine
Album (year): Yes (1995)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: This album comes out swinging…not punching, but swinging. The first three tracks either have you on the bus with the rest of the merry pranksters, or not. Scratch is one of those songs where the feel contrasts with the subject matter; the singer really does not seem to mind starting over from scratch. Is it the epitome of cool, or an inability to care? Methinks the former.

Title: 12 Steps
Artist: Big Shoals
Album (year): Still Go On (2014)
Submitted By: Bryan Childs (
Comments: Debut album from a new band out of Gainesville.

Title: Late for the Sky
Artist: Andrew Rose Gregory (Jackson Browne)
Album (year): The Covers EP (2012)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: One of Jackson Browne’s best, covered by an incredible singer-songwriter in his own right, Andrew Gregory. Yes, Gregory, as in The Gregory Brothers of schmoyoho youtube auto-tuning celebrity. Andrew’s solo work gets overshadowed by internet silliness, and I know I’m submitting a cover, but check out his The Lost Year album, and also his stunning interpretation/musical setting of The Song of Songs.

Title: Sweet Tooth Boogie (Unreleased from The Wildness)
Artist: The Bones of J.R. Jones
Album (year): Reliable the Unreliable EP (2014)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: I was introduced to The Bones of J.R. Jones, with a free EP via NoiseTrade (no longer available), in March. He’s got a great folk sound. I like this little ‘boogie’ number so have a listen.

Title: I’m A Little Mixed Up
Artist: Betty James
Album (Year): Released on 45 by Chess (1961)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: Heard this on an electric blues comp, dug the hell out of it. So much swagger in the delivery of the vocals, so much interplay between the guitar and rhythm section. A perfect song, a house rocker as they say.

Title: Milk In The Fridge
Artist: Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons
Album (Year): Hey Kid (2014)
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments: Luckly one of my boys is also a fan and gets to see the band often in the Columbus Ohio area, at the record release party earlier this year he got me an autographed CD, and I swooned. I bet you think, I think this song is about me

Title: Slow Death
Artist: Flamin’ Groovies
Album (year): I’ll Have A…Bucket of Brains: The Original 1972 Rockfield Recordings for U.A. (1995)
Submitted By: TheSecondSingle
Comments: In my opinion, one of the top three finest Rolling Stones rip offs of all time, but with a little of that Groovies jangle that makes them fun.

Title: Broke My Heart
Artist: Tim Easton
Album: Porcupine (2009)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: I’m not sure where I’ve been the last 10 years to have missed the music of Tim Easton. In late March, I took in an in-the round showcase to see East Nashville and Couch By Couchwest faves Eric Brace, Peter Cooper and Jesse Lafser. Easton was the fourth, and I dug each song he performed. I’m now playing from behind and digging his 2009 release Porcupine. And is there anything more obvious to offer a flippant “feel bad for you” than hearing of a broken heart?

Title: Opossum
Artist: Adam Faucett
Album (year): Blind Water Finds Blind Water (2014)
Submitted By: Trailer

Artist: Eddie Noack
Title: Psycho
Album: Psycho: The K-Ark and Allstar Recordings, 1962-1969
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel
Comments: OK so we’ve only just discovered Eddie Noack, best known for this, his 1968 cover of Leon Payne’s serial killer song Psycho. Rockabilly tinged, country cult classic. Pure genius.

Artist: Miles Davis
Title: “Jeru”
Album: Birth of the Cool (1949)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: listened to this on vinyl on my birthday back in March. It was the only cool there was. I am a nerd.

Title: The Heavy Things
Artist: Micah Schnabel
Album: I’m Dead, Serious
Blurb: I have been helping take care of a dear friend who lost his fight with cancer at 9:20 April, 9 2014. This is one of the songs I’ve had on repeat since then. It’s been helping me deal with the loss and the grief. I thought it appropriate to share.

Title: Amphetamine
Artist: Steve Wynn -& the Miracle Three
Album (year): Static Transmission (2003)
Submitted By: Simon Lellow
Comments: This track popped up on shuffle in the car on the way to work a couple of weeks ago, I hit repeat, rolled the window down and gave an impromptu performance – to anyone who witnessed it, sorry. KEXP

Artist: Rod Picott
Album: Hang Your Hopes on a Crooked Nail
Year: 2014
Label: Independent
Comments: I picked this because I have been listening to this record a lot lately and it’s my favorite off it.