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DURAND JONES & THE INDICATIONS SCORE TONS OF MEDIA ATTENTION FOR NEW LP!

The press surely haven’t been shy about their praises for new soul sensations Durand Jones & The Indications and their recent self-titled debut album, with scores of exclusive song and video premieres, positive album reviews, feature interviews, news posts, show previews and radio spins rolling in from around the globe.

Here’s a round-up of some of that media love….

SELECT PRESS QUOTES:

“Durand Jones singing is a rare combination of purity and power—unlike his Daptone forefathers, Jones hasn’t endured decades of smoky bars and tough breaks. Though sonic comparisons to Charles Bradley and Lee Fields are unavoidable, Jones’s youth and DIY ambition make him stand out against the overarching narrative of rediscovery that has become all too familiar. These aren’t middle-aged session guys in fedoras propping up an aged belter long since fossilized on a dusty 45. It’s a band that writes compelling original material and turns out ultrafun, dance-filled performances at the club. If, like many folks, you’re missing the panache and energy of the late Sharon Jones, this Jones will definitely fill the void.” – CHICAGO READER

“Leon Bridges-like breakout potential? Look no further. Louisiana-bred soul man Durand Jones grew up singing in a bayou church and linked up the Indications at Indiana University. Stellar debut full-length recorded in a Bloomington basement on a shoestring budget, they ply gritty Southern soul in the mold of Lee Fields with punchy horns and dirty fatback drums. Don’t sleep on Durand.” – THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE

“Durand Jones has the wail of Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, the nostalgic toe-popping vibes of Leon Bridges and a record to compete with both.” – THE OBSERVER

“Easily one of the best deep soul albums we’ve heard in years.” – DUSTY GROOVE

“A young singer with a classic sound, Louisiana native Durand Jones aims to fill the Charles Bradley-shaped hole in your heart.” – AUSTIN AMERICAN- STATESMAN

“ … a very sharp debut album… a total gem.” – THE VINYL DISTRICT

“Durand Jones & The Indications are soulful perfection on ‘Smile.’ The song, which will be instantly appealing to fans of the likes of Charles Bradley and Leon Bridges is the essence of soulful rock and roll.” – BULLETT

“Durand Jones and the Indications hearken back to a time when soul was recorded, performed, and (if possible) heard live.” – POPMATTERS

“… a terrific debut” – PURE VOLUME

[5/5 stars!] “If anyone tells you that soul music just ain’t what it used to be, slug that person in the gut. OK, that’s a bit severe. I shouldn’t advocate belting a total stranger in the midsection. A better idea is to give that naysayer a copy of the new album from Durand Jones and The Indications. You only need to listen to the first couple bars of “Make a Move” to realize that this is soul music the way it used to be. Then you hear Jones’s voice and it’s hard not to think about singers like Sam Cooke. His voice is even and a little raspy. Oh, and he sings about social issues just like Curtis Mayfield… a first-rate soul band.” – EXAMINER

“Durand Jones is bringing classic soul music into the present.” – DC ROCK LIVE

“Durand Jones kicks it old-school with debut LP” – THE HERALD TIMES

“A perfect way to start any day, not just the weekend. Get some Durand Jones & The Indications in your life, you won’t regret it.” – FLEAMARKET FUNK

“Durand Jones & The Indications is a solid listen focusing on the intricacies of song craft and musicianship and comes highly recommended.” – TIGR TIGR

“… soul music that’s so much of the old school that it might as well drive a car with fins.” – MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL

“…a phenomenal debut and modern soul record.” – EASY STREET RECORDS

“… a soulful beast. The album is beautifully produced, mostly straight to tape from a basement in Indiana, and awash with sexy horn lines, hooky Funk guitar and perfectly placed organ pads. Even with all this great music that The Indications has to offer, Jones absolutely dominates the songs with his powerful, soulful and ever-evolving voice.” – SPILL MAGAZINE

“If you’re a fan of acts like Leon Bridges and Charles Bradley, the old school sounds spewing out of Jones & The Indications’ promising debut will satisfy… this a band to keep an eye on.” – RHODE ISLAND CENTRAL NEWSPAPER

“… sure to be a classic of the modern soul era.” – A JOURNAL OF MUSIC THINGS

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERES:

PURE VOLUME (music site) – “MAKE A CHANGE” video premiere
PREMIERE: Durand Jones & The Indications — “Make A Change”

Born down in the Bayou, Durand Jones has brought his fiery brand of soul to Indiana where he’s spread what he learned in as boy to the masses. Now living in the home of the Hoosiers (Bloomington), Jones released his terrific self-titled debut with the help of his outstanding backing band the Indications. It’s easy to hear how he’s honed his craft working with the Indiana University Soul Revue, which is demonstrated on a “Make A Change,” which happens to be a video we’re premiering today.

“The idea of the music video came from a personal experience of working for $7.25 an hour at some jobs I once had,” Jones says of the clip. “Yes, we all can make a change, which I feel is the message of the song, but we wanted to dig a little deeper into the meaning. Make a change. A dollar. A buck. Nobody wants that change, and who can blame them? But here we are today in America where some folks presume that someone making minimum wage isn’t worthy of living above the poverty line.

“Most people who only make a change– referring to money, wish to make a change in life, but it’s easy to get trapped when you’re only just making change. We also wanted to play on the change theme by incorporating many outfit changes— to insinuate that though the dude’s clothes are changing he’s stuck doing the same thing.”

Durand Jones & The Indications’ self-titled debut was released on July 1 via Coalmine Records.
http://www.purevolume.com/news/PREMIERE-Durand-Jones-The-Indications-Make-A-Change

POPMATTERS (music site) – Full album premiere
Durand Jones and the Indications – ‘Durand Jones and the Indications’ (album stream) (premiere)

Durand Jones and the Indications hearken back to a time when soul was recorded, performed, and (if possible) heard live. Their music is markedly different from most stuff of its ilk coming out today in that, if there is some electronic wizardry going on under the hood, it’s kept very far away from the musical performance—it’s the kind of thing which should be completely reproducible live, all performed and no sampling or remixing. Durand Jones and the Indications, in that sense, is a bit of a temporal aberration—soul’s remarkable in how stylistically malleable it has been over the years—but there’s always space for some smoothly pained crooning and trumpets in our musical lexicon.

“[The first time I jammed with other Indications Aaron Frazer and Blake Rhein],we didn’t stop recording and playing until 4 in the morning. I remember waking up and going to class exhausted, but I didn’t care. All I could think about was the fire work we put in the night before,” says Jones. “From that point I knew that this collaboration was the real deal and I’d be singing till I was dead in my grave.”

Durand Jones and the Indications releases July 1st via Colemine Records. We’ve got an exclusive stream until then. Enjoy.
http://www.popmatters.com/post/durand-jones-the-indications-durand-jones-the-indications-album-stream-prem/

BULLETT (music site) – “Smile” song premiere
Durand Jones & The Indications are Soulful Perfection on ‘Smile’
By Luke O Neil
There are certain types of music that require lengthy introductions in order to pinpoint the multiple layers of genre and influence packed therein. And then there are others, like “Smile,” from Durand Jones & The Indications, that are simply and instantly recognizable for what they are.

The song, which will be instantly appealing to fans of the likes of Charles Bradley and Leon Bridges is the essence of soulful rock and roll.

“‘Smile’ was originally about going through grad school,” Jones, who got his start singing in church in rural Louisiana, explains. “When we were writing this song, I was stressed and miserable when it came to school. People would ask me would ask me how I was doing and I would say, ‘Oh I’m fine,’ just so that we could go on with our day. I wasn’t the only one, I noticed most people did the same thing. So I really wanted to talk about that, trying to get by with a fake smile. I showed up to play music with Blake and Aaron one Sunday and they warped the lyrics around to be a love song. I didn’t mind it though, it definitely worked. But whenever I sing that song, I’m channeling those feelings that bring me back to those crazy ass days.”

“Smile” comes from the group’s forthcoming self-titled debut album, out July 1 via Colemine Records.
http://bullettmedia.com/article/durand-jones-the-indications-are-soulful-pesrfection-on-smile/

CONFIRMED FEATURES, REVIEWS AND NEWS POSTS:

THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE (Austin Weekly) – Positive show review
SXSW Music Live: Durand Jones & the Indications, Jamila Woods
Old souls, new faces
BY THOMAS FAWCETT
Young frontman donning a trim kelly green cardigan, Durand Jones & the Indications opened their fourth set of the day on Thursday night the same way they do their recent debut album. Fatback drums and yearning organ set the tone for the searing sociopolitical soul of “Make a Change.”

Jones is blessed with a warm voice steeped in the Southern soul tradition, nimbly shifting from sweet ballad “Can’t Keep My Cool” to James Brown dance floor killer “Groovy Babe.”

Durand Jones & the Indications aren’t breaking any new ground, but they’re every bit as sharp as the Brooklyn soul posse of the Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley’s Extraordinaires, and Lee Fields’ Expressions. You’d be hard-pressed to distinguish them from any of those groups, which is both a compliment and a small nit to pick.

The frontman, meanwhile, grew up singing at church in Louisiana before moving to Bloomington, Ind., to study music. He earned a graduate degree in classical saxophone and picked up an ace backing band – the core of which are all IU music graduates – in the process.

Midway through the set, Jones ceded the stage to group drummer Aaron Frazer, who crooned “Is It Any Wonder” in a buttery, high-pitched falsetto while keeping time behind the kit. The ultra-slow ballad landed like a lost 1965 B-side and Frazer sounds like what Mayer Hawthorne must hear in his own head. A band’s drummer isn’t supposed to be able to sing like that.

“He’s our lethal weapon,” quipped Jones when told as much post-show.
http://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/sxsw/2017-03-17/sxsw-music-live-durand-jones-and-the-indications-jamila-woods/

THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE (Austin Weekly) – Positive show preview
Durand Jones & the Indications
Thu. 16, Barracuda Backyard, 11:05pm
Leon Bridges-like breakout potential? Look no further. Louisiana-bred soul man Durand Jones grew up singing in a bayou church and linked up the Indications at Indiana University. Stellar debut full-length recorded in a Bloomington basement on a shoestring budget, they ply gritty Southern soul in the mold of Lee Fields with punchy horns and dirty fatback drums. Don’t sleep on Durand.
http://www.austinchronicle.com/music/2017-03-17/sxsw-music-must-see-rab/

THE AUSTIN STATESMAN (Austin daily) – Positive show preview
SXSW 2017: 11 soul and blues acts to catch
MUSIC By Deborah Sengupta Stith
Durand Jones & the Indications. A young singer with a classic sound, Louisiana native Durand Jones aims to fill the Charles Bradley-shaped hole in your heart. (11:05 p.m. March 16, Barracuda Backyard)
http://www.mystatesman.com/entertainment/music/sxsw-2017-soul-and-blues-acts-catch/p57iDsSyh5U7CZvwTo8oTI/

CINCINNATI ENQUIRER:

Durand Jones brings soul to Memorial Hall
Chris Varias
Durand Jones came north to Indiana in order to pursue a career in the high arts. But in the end, he realized he just wanted to get down.

Jones is the namesake frontman of Durand Jones & the Indications, a retro-soul band formed five years ago in Bloomington. Jones arrived from Louisiana in order to attend graduate school at Indiana University, where he studied classical music.

“Somehow I got into this soul thing,” Jones says, telling his story on the phone from his home in Hillaryville, Louisiana. He recently returned to Louisiana to care for his grandmother in between tours with the Indications. “I never went up there to be a singer. I went up there to be a classical saxophonist. But you know how fate works.”

Before matriculating at Indiana, Jones would pick up bar gigs doing covers of Otis Redding and James Brown songs. His soul-singing secret past eventually got out. Jones was arranging horn parts for a school band called the IU Soul Revue. The ensemble was short on male singers, and the band director asked Jones to do a couple Marvin Gaye tunes.

Blake Rhein was running sound for the Soul Revue. He liked Jones’ voice and suggested that they jam. Jones came over to Rhein’s house on Sundays. They would eat, drink and listen to 45 records. Rhein would make up guitar riffs, and Jones would improvise lyrics. Rhein brought in his band, Charlie Patton’s War, and the assemblage of players morphed into the Indications.

The resulting sound was throwback R&B, though Jones says nobody in the band is interested in operating it as if it were some sort of musical time machine.

“We all knew what kind of music we liked, and we wanted to do more of it. I don’t really think we had this plan that we wanted to sound like Muscle Shoals, 1972. It was just, ‘Let’s do some music that we really like.’ We all like soul. We all like these certain artists, and we all were influenced by people like Lee Fields, Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley, all those guys that are doing this really cool stuff today,” he says.

Durand Jones & the Indications released its self-titled debut album last year on a local label, Loveland’s Colemine Records. Jones says he’s currently writing songs for the next album.

“For the first album, I really wanted to hit on the main topics of soul, which is social-political consciousness, the love songs and the party songs. I feel like I have a really awesome opportunity to express myself through soul music,” Jones says. “Mainly what I’m looking at is what’s next.”

What’s next is the rest of this tour, the band’s biggest one yet. The run of shows includes Jones’ first-ever New Orleans date with the Indications. They’re playing the Crescent City live-music institution Tipitina’s.

“I’m super excited. All of my musician fans are really excited,” he says about playing Tipitina’s. “It’s nice to have interviews and get some buzz, but we don’t want to forget that we all got together for the sake of making good music. That’s the ultimate goal, for me at least.”

IF YOU GO

What: Durand Jones & the Indications

When: 8 p.m. Monday, March 6

Where: Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine; 513-977-8838

Tickets: $15
http://www.cincinnati.com/story/entertainment/music/2017/03/03/durand-jones-brings-soul-memorial-hall/98642428/

CHICAGO READER (Chicago weekly) – Positive Recommended show preview
Durand Jones & the Indications are so much more than your typical soul-revival act
By Erin Osmon

It wasn’t too long ago that the core members of midwestern revivalist act Durand Jones & the Indications met at Indiana University through gigs with the IU Soul Revue, the college’s tip-top throwback ensemble that performs black popular music from the 1960s. As the story often goes, front man Jones grew up in a church choir, belting out gospel in rural Louisiana. His music-school-educated bandmates were professional appreciators of southern soul, the subgenre most often associated with Memphis giants like Stax and Hi. Despite these different backgrounds, the group’s songwriting effortlessly coalesces on its 2016 self-titled debut, out via Colemine Records, which manages to avoid being too encyclopedic and cliche. Instead, the charming DIY effort demonstrates stylistic knowledge of soul instrumentation even as Jones’s voice is left plenty of room to roam. His singing is a rare combination of purity and power—unlike his Daptone forefathers, Jones hasn’t endured decades of smoky bars and tough breaks. Though sonic comparisons to Charles Bradley and Lee Fields are unavoidable, Jones’s youth and DIY ambition make him stand out against the overarching narrative of rediscovery that has become all too familiar. These aren’t middle-aged session guys in fedoras propping up an aged belter long since fossilized on a dusty 45. It’s a band that writes compelling original material and turns out ultrafun, dance-filled performances at the club. If, like many folks, you’re missing the panache and energy of the late Sharon Jones, this Jones will definitely fill the void.
Durand Jones, Divino Nino
Fri 3/3, 9 PM, Empty Bottle, 3111 N. Western, $5
http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/durand-jones-and-the-indications-are-so-much-more-than-your-typical-soul-revival-act/Content?oid=25654001

WELD FOR BIRMINGHAM (weekly) – Feature/interview to preview show
Durand Jones and the Indications’ Indiana Soul
Blake Ells
THE BAND BRING THEIR SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM TO SEASICK RECORDS ON FRIDAY, MARCH 10.
Durand Jones and the Indications have roots in Louisiana (that’s where Jones spent his youth), but their home is Bloomington, Indiana, where the band formed. And Bloomington isn’t exactly where you’d imagine a soul band to rise from, but Jones, who grew up singing in his Louisiana church, assures that guitarist Blake Rhein and drummer Aaron Frazer have plenty of soul, too.

The three met at the Indiana University Soul Revue in 2012; Rhein and Frazer were already in a band with Kyle Houpt (bass) and Justin Justin Hubler (keys) called Charlie Patton’s War. But they met Jones and realized they had stumbled upon something special. Last summer, they released an eponymous debut record on Colemine Records.

Before their first visit to Birmingham — part of their first national tour — Jones, Rhein, and Frazer spoke to Weld about how they developed their style and their path the first record.

Weld: How did you combine your style with the band’s?

Durand Jones: [Rhein] heard me sing and asked me to come join him and his band, Charlie Patton’s War. And we ended up writing eight soul tunes. Colemine Records wanted to put it out as an album.

Blake Rhein: We had only played one show prior to the album being released. Since it’s come out, we’ve probably played a dozen shows. We weren’t really working at it as a live band until the album came out. When the album came out and got a really good reception, we decided to make something of it.

Weld: How did you attract that attention from Colemine Records with no real existing presence to speak of?

Rhein: I met Terry [Cole] when I was 19 and I picked up a CD by his band called the Jive Turkeys. At that time, I was already really into what [indie soul label] Daptone was doing; on the back of the Jive Turkeys CD, I saw that he was from Middletown, Ohio, which is just outside of Cincinnati, and I thought, “Oh, that’s really cool that there’s a smaller scale, Daptone-ish operation that’s really nearby where we are.”

So I started talking to him and we worked on a few things together. I started sending him the tunes that we were doing and he was really enthusiastic about the album; in a lot of ways, he had more confidence in it than we did ourselves.

Weld: It doesn’t really seem to apply to what you’re doing, but “soul revival” has become a popular thing to say, and it’ll certainly be blanketed over your music. Is the word “revival” necessary? Are “soul” and “soul revival” two separate things?

Jones: I feel like they’re two separate things because, yeah, we are looking back in the past and grabbing things from there, but we’re also heavily influenced by music today. I think of Aaron Frazer’s drumming, and I think he’s putting some elements in there that are influenced by hip-hop.

Aaron Frazer: We definitely draw inspiration from artists that came before us, but I think soul played a huge role in hip-hop and that, in turn — people that grow up loving the samples; people that choose to make soul music inherently infused with a hip-hop influence. I don’t think at all that way. I wouldn’t call it a hip-hop or soul band, but I wouldn’t call it a “soul revival” band either.

Weld: So your drumming was influenced by hip-hop?

Frazer: Yeah, definitely. The rhythm in hip-hop is very simple. There’s not a lot of flashy technique. And that’s the same with a lot of the soul drumming that I love. It always serves the song first and foremost. That’s what I try to do on drums, and I think that’s what everyone tries to do on their respective instruments.

Weld: Durand, you grew up singing in the church in Louisiana. Do you feel like the authenticity of your sound comes from that period of your life?

Jones: Yeah. My stepmom also sings gospel music, and I was influenced by her a bunch. My mother is a music enthusiast; she doesn’t really play professionally. She played organ. She really loved Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong — she loved listening to all those folks; being around the house and listening to all that stuff played just as much of a role as the church.

Weld: Were you surprised to find guys that had that kind of soul in Indiana?

Jones: Definitely! Totally unexpected. Hanging out with these guys and listening to all these deep cuts that I hadn’t even heard — it gave me a fervor and a hunger to really dig in, really embrace this genre of music. I’ve always loved soul music, but I found a new love for it, a new reverence for it. It was really cool.

Durand Jones and the Indications come to Seasick Records on Friday, March 10. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $10. The Audiovore and Suaze will have DJ sets at the show, and Chef Robby Melvin will have a soul food pop-up. For more information, visit seasickbham.com.
http://weldbham.com/blog/2017/03/10/durand-jones-indications-indiana-soul/#

DOTHAN EAGLE (Dothan, AL daily) – Feature interview

Durand Jones & The Indications pays reverence to soul music
By Peggy Ussery
Durand Jones wanted to be a serious saxophone player. He had to learn to be a front man.

“I always felt like the saxophone was a comforting thing; metaphorically, I could use the saxophone as a wall between me and the audience,” Jones said. “You don’t really have that as a front man whenever you are leading a group as a singer. It’s totally been a learning process when dealing with how to relate to a crowd whenever you’re exposed with your heart on your sleeve.”

The 27-year-old Jones, lead singer of Durand Jones & The Indications, grew up in rural Louisiana, raised by his grandmother in Hillaryville, a small town with only four streets on the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. King Oliver, jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong’s mentor, was born across the river. Jones’ grandmother surrounded him with music. When she noticed how much he enjoyed singing, she made him join the church choir.

Singing in front of people even with the choir made him nervous. But when he was around 16, he sang his first solo in church.

“The church just went crazy,” Jones said. “I think that was the start of my singing career.”

Durand Jones & The Indications will perform in Dothan on March 9 at KBC eatery on Foster Street. While the show is in KBC’s courtyard, it is being promoted by Live at the Opera, a local group formed last year to bring musical acts to the Dothan Opera House.

The band’s self-titled first album was released in 2016 by Ohio-based Colemine Records, a studio founded in 2007 to produce soul and funk music on vinyl. But you can also find the album on CD, cassette and digital formats through Spotify, Amazon and iTunes. Jones’ vocals are surrounded by horns, drums and guitar on the eight tracks, originally recorded in a basement in Bloomington, Indiana.

It was at Indiana University that the band’s first three members – Jones, guitarist Blake Rhein and drummer Aaron Frazer – first met. Jones was in graduate school, playing saxophone and writing horn charts for the student ensemble IU Soul Revue. The group was short on male singers, and the ensemble’s director asked Jones to step up. Though reluctant, Jones agreed.

Blake Rhein was the student sound engineer for IU Soul Revue. He and Frazer also became Jones’ first friends in Bloomington. The three would get together on Sundays – their only day off – and write tunes and sing. Jones said prior to meeting Rhein and Frazer, he never wrote his own songs.

Eventually, in Rhein’s basement, they began recording their songs on a tape machine. Rhein and Frazer loved the lo-fi sound of vintage soul and they wanted to show reverence to the music they loved.

“We didn’t really expect to come out with an album with these songs,” Jones said. “We were just doing them because we just really loved this music, and we just wanted to write songs that we felt good about.”

The recordings were very impromptu. And not all of them were done in the basement.

“One tune we recorded, ‘Now I’m Gone,’ in Blake’s kitchen,” Jones said. “It’s very faint, but we were frying chicken at the time. If you listen just close enough, you can hear the grease popping.”

Rhein took the recordings to Colemine Records. Durand Jones & The Indications are now working on their second album.

Jones said he looks to performers like James Brown and Sam Cooke for inspiration in his role as the band’s lead singer and front man.

“Every time I go on stage, I want to do it for the music but also for the people,” he said. “I want to make sure everybody’s having a good time.”

And while his front man duties have required some adjustment for him, Jones said he feels he found his voice in soul music.

“I feel like it really comes from a good place,” Jones said. “It just reaches within you and pulls something out. The topics and the subjects that soul artists lean toward − the political consciousness, the love songs, the party songs − are all things that people from all backgrounds, no matter the color of your skin, no matter your sexuality, your gender … can relate to whether it’s happy or it’s sad. That’s what really reached into me and made me realize that I really love this.”
http://www.dothaneagle.com/lifestyles/local/durand-jones-the-indications-pays-reverence-to-soul-music/article_1de316e2-ff87-11e6-a10a-c393f46c5f36.html

INDIANA DAILY STUDENT
Durand Jones will bring soulful groove to the Bishop
By Sierra Vandervort
When Durand Jones’ grandmother decided he was singing at home too much, he was forced to join his local church choir in rural Louisiana. Since then, he has relocated to Bloomington, joined the IU Soul Revue and joined forces with his band, the Indications.

With the help of writer-producers Aaron Frazer and Blake Rhein, Durand Jones and the Indications released a soul album that is as intimate as it is fun. Recorded directly to cassette tapes in basements around Bloomington and released last year, the eponymous LP showcases Jones’ powerhouse vocals as well as his band’s soulful groove.

Jones will be performing with his soul-revival act, the Indications, at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Bishop with support from Double Standard, and because it’s a hometown performance, audiences can expect something a little
extra.

“Even though we’re kind of spread out at the moment, Bloomington is home field for us,” Frazer said. “So we always try to do something a little special.”

Since the album’s release, rave reviews have been pouring in. The album was added to Nuvo magazine’s “2016: the Year in Local Albums” list as well as 812 magazine’s “Five southern Indiana bands you should listen to.” Jones said the album’s positive receptions are inspiring and were
totally unexpected.

“We were just jamming out in Aaron’s basement on Hillside, just because we love this genre of music, so to get this reception has been a pleasant surprise,” he said.

Jones originally came to Bloomington to be a saxophone player but soon found his voice after working with the prestigious IU Soul Revue. After working with director of the IU Soul Revue Tyron Cooper, Jones said he learned the three parts of soul: the party songs, the socially conscious songs and the love songs. Jones said he revisited this concept and everything else he learned from his instructors while writing his first album.

After touring nationally and being mostly separated for a while, the group said it is excited to come back to Bloomington and reconnect with the soul community.

“People who are really interested in this type of music try to keep an eye on what’s out there, and when they do find something they connect with they’re super passionate about it,” Frazer said. “So it’s been really nice to connect with people who are so excited about soul music.”

Jones and the rest of the band say they hope to share that love of soul music with their audiences and inspire them to feel a sense of immediacy and enjoy what’s happening in front of them.

“I want them to leave happy and feel loved, because we’re up there doing something that we love doing, so if that rubs off on our audience then I think we’ve done a good job,” ” Jones said.
http://www.idsnews.com/article/2017/03/durand-jones-will-bring-soulful-groove-to-the-bishop

GLIDE MAGAZINE (MUSIC SITE) – SXSW show preview with “Make A Change” video
by Neil Ferguson
20 ACTS YOU NEED TO SEE AT SXSW 2017 (PREVIEW)
Durand Jones & The Indications

There’s no question that this Bloomington, IN-based musician has found influence in artists like Charles Bradley and Lee Fields. Durand’s sound is funky, soulful, and simultaneously retro and modern. He delivers plenty of punch with a message of overwhelming positivity, and though he is still well below the radar, there is little doubt he will make a splash at SXSW.

Follow Durand Jones & The Indications on Facebook to find out show details.
https://glidemagazine.com/181185/20-acts-need-see-sxsw-2017-preview/

HOUSTON PRESS (DAILY): Show preview with Make Change video
The 10 Best SXSW Shows Headed to Houston
BY KATIE SULLIVAN
Durand Jones & the Indications
March 12, Under the Volcano
If you like your soul music served straight-up with no chaser, then Durand Jones & the Indications is the band for you. The group gives us a fresh take on an old-school style, but but they don’t reinvent the R&B wheel. Instead, the band perfects the genre’s essential elements, creating songs that are deep but still get you dancing up on your feet. The voice of of lead singer Durand Jones is sultry and inviting like a Louisiana summer, and the brassy Indications earn their billing as “the baddest soul band in all the land.” If you’ve been missing our beloved The Suffers (who have been jet-setting on their European tour lately), this band is a worthy substitute.
http://www.houstonpress.com/music/the-10-best-sxsw-shows-headed-to-houston-9258468

BUZZBANDS LA (L.A. music site) – Show preview with artist photo, video and album stream.
Stream: Durand Jones & the Indications, ‘Make a Change’

KEVIN BRONSON
Born on the Bayou, schooled singing in church and formally educated at Indiana University, Durand Jones is the latest phenom to breathe new life into old soul — or “deep soul,” as some are calling it. His debut album as Durand Jones & the Indications, made with writing/production duo Aaron Frazer and Blake Rhein, plumbs those depths with big grooves, screaming horns, chalky drums, wandering organs, scratchy/tickling guitars and a voice that’s a little bit Curtis Mayfield. The album, out on Cleveland-based Colemine Records, has been piling up some accolades, but our favorite is what the Milwaukee newspaper had to say, calling it “soul music that’s so much of the old school that it might as well drive a car with fins.” Fans of Charles Bradley and Leon Bridges will have another slab of vinyl to add to their collection, and if the wax is a little bit scratchy, that’s fine. Have a towel handy to wipe off your forehead.
http://buzzbands.la/2016/09/22/stream-durand-jones-indications-make-change/

BMAN’S BLUES REPORT: News post on SWSX show and tour (from press announcement)
Deep-Soul Act Durand Jones & The Indications to Perform 6 SXSW Shows
http://www.bmansbluesreport.com/2017/03/deep-soul-act-durand-jones-indications.html

BROADWAY WORLD: News post on SWSX show and tour (from press announcement)
Deep-Soul Act Durand Jones & The Indications to Perform 6 SXSW Shows
http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwmusic/article/Deep-Soul-Act-Durand-Jones-The-Indications-to-Perform-6-SXSW-Shows-20170308

DOTHAN EAGLE (Dothan, AL daily) – Show preview

Durand Jones and the Indications will perform March 9, 8-11 p.m., at KBC on Foster Street in downtown Dothan in a concert hosted by Live at the Opera. Jones, a Louisiana native, is lead singer for the band based in Bloomington, Indiana. Jones was part of the Indiana University Soul Revue where he met two of his fellow band members, Blake Rhein and Aaron Frazer. The band’s self-titled debut album was released by Ohio-based Colemine Records in 2016. The band is currently on tour. Tickets for the Dothan show are $20 and can be purchased online at www.eventbrite.com/e/durand-jones-the-indications-tickets-31416799493.
http://www.dothaneagle.com/lifestyles/local/dothan-area-arts-and-entertainment/article_2c9b6954-f4a2-11e6-8c7b-376894b50e3b.html

NEW MUSIC MILLENNIUM (music site)
Durand Jones & The Indications – New Music
Bayou-born soul artist Durand Jones began singing in the choir in his rural hometown Hillaryville, Louisiana because his Grandmother thought he sang too much at home. When his music career took him to Bloomington, Indiana, he was selected to join the legendary Indiana University Soul Revue, and it was through his involvement that he met writer/producer duo Aaron Frazer and Blake Rhein. The three began writing original soul music, recording themselves straight to tape in the basements of Bloomington. The debut album from Durand Jones & The Indications was released in July of 2016.

“Back in July when Durand Jones & The Indications debut album was released, we had no idea what the world would think,” explains Terry Cole from Colemine Records. “After all, the record, albeit finely crafted, was conceived in a dingy Indiana basement on a shoestring budget of 452 dollars and 11 cents (we kept receipts). They didn’t have ‘buzz.’ They didn’t have a following. They didn’t have the measured flash of more polished operations. But as the final mixes spun off of the master reel, we knew what they did have was one remarkable soul record. To our delight, the record was a smash and their no-frills LP continues to fly off the shelves.”
durandjonesandtheindications.com
http://newmillenniummusic.com/durand-jones-indications/

KWVA / SOUL DONUTS (soul music show on Eugene, OR college radio)
Best albums 2016 soul/funk – Durand Jones and the Indications-S/T
New to us here at Soul Donuts, Durand Jones and the Indications are a group of University of Indiana Soul Revue musicians who transcended that collegiate group to form their own and record on the exciting Colemine Record label. Native Louisianan Durand Jones has enlisted the help of friends Aaron Frazer and Blake Rhein to produce and play in the band that focuses on vintage sounds, live recording and little frills, crafting a highly listenable and exciting new record of soul, blues, and classic R&B.

Durand Jones and the Indications-Smile
https://souldonuts.com/2017/02/01/best-albums-2016-soulfunk/

MY OLD KENTUCKY BLOG (music blog) – News post on tour
Durand Jones & The Indications // March Tour & Full Album Stream

The death of Sharon Jones left a gaping hole in the retro-soul/funk scene, but I’m hoping Durand Jones & The Indications might be one of the acts to step up and help fill it.

Durand Jones was raised in Hillaryville, Louisiana, where he sang traditional gospel in the choir at the local Baptist church, studied classical music, and played saxophone in his high school jazz band. He came to Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and met his now bandmates Aaron Frazer (drums, vocals), Blake Rhein (guitars), Kyle Houpt (bass), and Justin Hubler who were then members of the promising project, Charlie Patton’s War.

Intrigued by Jones, Rhein convinced him to front Charlie Patton’s War for a basement show. It was a grand success and Durand Jones & The Indications were born.

The band’s self-titled debut was released mid-last year, and it spans the gauntlet of Southern soul and Delta blues. You can expect grit and grooves, heartache and disappointment, funky and hard driving, and raw vocals that showcase range and emotion.

The band is touring throughout March, with dates in Chicago, Daytrotter Downs Festival, Bloomington and SXSW, so if you’re nearby, you should make seeing them a priority.

Durand Jones & The Indications full album stream:
Durand Jones & The Indications On Tour:

3/3 – Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle
3/4 – Davenport, IA – Daytrotter Downs
3/5 – Bloomington, IN – The Bishop
3/6 – Cincinnati, OH – Memorial Hall
3/8 – Nashville, TN – The Basement
3/9 – Dothan, AL – KBC on Foster
3/10 – Birmingham, AL – Seasick Records
3/15 – Austin, TX – The Rattle Inn
3/16 – Tulsa, OK – The Vanguard
3/17 – Lawrence, KS – The Replay Lounge
http://www.myoldkentuckyblog.com/?p=56322

PLAY TOO MUCH (music site) News post on tour with new Durand photo and Make A Change video
A New Soul Classic: Durand Jones & The Indications Posted on January 26, 2017
by Chris Pizzolo
The mo-town soul revival sound is undoubtably fashionable these days. Artists like Nathaniel Rateliffe, Leon Bridges, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound are some of the more notable trailblazers when it comes to creating new timeless soul classics. Now it’s time to welcome Durand Jones & The Indications to that class of contemporary soul champions.
Their late 2016 self-titled debut mixes traditional soul music with gospel funk that creates a righteous retro groove from beginning to end. Perhaps what’s most unbelievable about this record is that their label, Colemine Records, cites that the entire album was made “on a shoestring budget of 452 dollars and 11 cents”.

Durand’s raspy full bodied vocals are both hypnotic and moving. The band will be going on tour this spring so be sure to catch them on the road!
DURAND JONES & THE INDICATIONS’ 2017 MAKE A CHANGE TOUR DATES:
March 3 – Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle
March 4 – Davenport, IA – Daytrotter Downs
March 5 – Bloomington, IN – The Bishop
March 6 – Cincinnati, OH – Memorial Hall
March 8 – Nashville, TN – The Basement
March 9 – Dothan, AL – KBC on Foster
March 10 – Birmingham, AL – Seasick Records
March 15 – Austin, TX – The Rattle Inn
March 16 – Tulsa, OK – The Vanguard
March 17 – Lawrence, KS – The Replay Lounge
March 18 – St. Louis, MO – The Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy
http://playtoomuch.com/durandjones/

SKOPE MAGAZINE (music site) “Make A Change” video featured
DURAND JONES & THE INDICATIONS’ “MAKE A CHANGE” VIDEO
by Skope • January 26, 2017

“Back in July when Durand Jones & The Indications debut album was released, we had no idea what the world would think,” explains Terry Cole from Colemine Records. “After all, the record, albeit finely crafted, was conceived in a dingy Indiana basement on a shoestring budget of 452 dollars and 11 cents (we kept receipts). They didn’t have ‘buzz.’ They didn’t have a following. They didn’t have the measured flash of more polished operations. But as the final mixes spun off of the master reel, we knew what they did have was one remarkable soul record. To our delight, the record was a smash and their no-frills LP continues to fly off the shelves.”

Now, by popular demand, Durand Jones & his mighty Indications are hitting the road on their first U.S. tour. Don’t sleep— go out and catch them in your city.
http://skopemag.com/2017/01/26/durand-jones-the-indications-make-a-change-video

BROADWAY WORLD (music site) News post on tour and new single (from press announcement)
Durand Jones & The Indications Announce Spring Tour & New 7′ Single
Music News Desk Jan. 26, 2017
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“Back in July when Durand Jones & The Indications debut album was released, we had no idea what the world would think,” explains Terry Cole from Colemine Records. “After all, the record, albeit finely crafted, was conceived in a dingy Indiana basement on a shoestring budget of 452 dollars and 11 cents (we kept receipts). They didn’t have ‘buzz.’ They didn’t have a following. They didn’t have the measured flash of more polished operations. But as the final mixes spun off of the master reel, we knew what they did have was one remarkable soul record. To our delight, the record was a smash and their no-frills LP continues to fly off the shelves.”

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT DURAND JONES & THE INDICATIONS’ “MAKE A CHANGE” VIDEO

Now, by popular demand, Durand Jones & his mighty Indications are hitting the road on their first U.S. tour. Don’t sleep- go out and catch them in your city.

DURAND JONES & THE INDICATIONS’ 2017 MAKE A CHANGE TOUR DATES:
March 3 – Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle
March 4 – Davenport, IA – Daytrotter Downs
March 5 – Bloomington, IN – The Bishop
March 6 – Cincinnati, OH – Memorial Hall
March 8 – Nashville, TN – The Basement
March 9 – Dothan, AL – KBC on Foster
March 10 – Birmingham, AL – Seasick Records
March 15 – Austin, TX – The Rattle Inn
March 16 – Tulsa, OK – The Vanguard
March 17 – Lawrence, KS – The Replay Lounge
March 18 – St. Louis, MO – The Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy

In honor of this tour, Colemine Records has pressed up a new limited 7″ vinyl 45 featuring cuts from their debut album. The politically poignant and fiercely funky “Make A Change” is backed with the lowrider anthem “Is It Any Wonder” featuring drummer Aaron Frazer’s silvery falsetto. 300 available on translucent yellow vinyl.
http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwmusic/article/Durand-Jones-The-Indications-Announce-Spring-Tour-New-7-Single-20170126

WHISPERIN’ & HOLLERIN’ (UK music site) Positive 9/10 album review
‘JONES, DURAND & THE INDICATIONS’

‘Now I’m Gone’

– Label: ‘Colemine records’
– Genre: ‘Soul’ – Release Date: ‘1st July 2016′

Our Rating:
Durand Jones wants to be a southern soul legend for a new generation and on the strength of this album he may well have what it takes to be just that. The press release claims it is the self-titled album but I-tunes reckons it’s called Now I’m Gone. Let’s go for the latter one as it may make it easier to find.

This opens like an old school soul record with a social conscience which feels right for the hyper insanity of this year. Yes, Make A Change is a plea for things to get better to increase low pay and make things work over a full on horn section with an organ in the background. It sounds like it should have come out in 1971 or so on Stax or Atlantic. Ad that’s a compliment.

Smile is another really cool soul song with the drums mixed so far left that you could easily just play the drum breaks in a club without the rest of the music which would be a shame as this has a lot more heart to it than that Sean Escoffrey record I keep hearing on the radio.

Can’t Keep My Cool is one of those yearning full-throated soul ballads that kinda wants to be Curtis Mayfield with the Memphis horns. If you added a bit of surface noise you could easily sell it as a crate diggers delight so grab your woman or man tight and make out to this gorgeous love song.

Groovy Babe sounds like he’s stolen a tune off the MG’s and everyone is dancing and shaking their tail feathers. It needs a full on video of everyone going wild in a club while dressed up to the nines all looking superfly and down with it. Damn this really is music to get on down to!

Giving Up is a little plea for some tenderness in a very Otis Redding style as those horns bring almost as much passion as can be detected in the vocals. He may have to try harder than this to get her back but damn this should have most women going weak at the knee for Durand.

Is It Any Wonder is all early Smokey Robinson with that gently pulsing organ and real simple drumming while Durand spills his heart out and the horns gently caress you. Ooh this is smooth.

Now I’m Gone sounds like it could be a lost Lee Hazelwood number as it opens and the almost stuttery instrumentation makes you do the cool jerk as the story in the lyrics unfolds. He deserts her for something else and the song includes the album’s main guitar solo and, well, what a whopper it is as the song slowly builds to its finale.

The album closes with Tuck N’ Roll: a great down and dirty booty call with some outrageous Jimmy Smith style organ and staccato drumming which seems to be just behind the beat as they get ready to Tuck n’ Roll. Lordy, it’s a funky dance craze waiting to happen.

For any lovers of great late 60’s/early 70’s soul who want a credible modern take on the genre, then look no further – this album will make you very happy indeed.

author: simonovitch
http://www.whisperinandhollerin.com/reviews/review.asp?id=13051

WAX POETICS (national music magazine)
2016 End of Summer soul and jazz mixtape
by Eric Luecking
Tracklist:
Durand Jones & The Indications – Is It Any Wonder (Colemine)-2016
http://www.waxpoetics.com/music/mixtape/2016-end-summer-soul-jazz-mixtape/

THE OBSERVER (NOTRE DAME DAILY COLLEGE PAPER) – Album review
Staff picks: summer albums
“Durand Jones & The Indications” — Durand Jones & The Indications

This summer I had two jobs: an internship and chauffeuring my brother out to the suburban sprawls of Ohio. On one of those occasions I passed a record store — a glint of black vinyl happiness to break up the mundanity of carpools and radio. Inside the oasis I talked up college radio with the owners (the founders of Colemine Records) and was given some music to put on WVFI’s rotation.

Durand Jones & The Indications’ debut self-titled album was one of those records. Spinning the transparent blue vinyl I was immediately entranced by the rolling stutters and saxophone skipping of opener “Make A Change.” Funk surges through tracks “Groovy Baby,” whose swinging uptick will keep you on your toes both in anticipation and dance, and “Tuck ‘N’ Roll,” which, in spite of its name, will have you strutting around like it’s your personal walk-up song. Smoother soul tracks “Can’t Keep My Cool,” “Giving Up” and “Is It Any Wonder” offer crooning restoration periods between hip-swinging jams.

Durand Jones has the wail of Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, the nostalgic toe-popping vibes of Leon Bridges and a record to compete with both.
http://ndsmcobserver.com/2016/08/staff-picks-summer-albums/

THE VINYL DISTRICT (music site) – Positive album review
Durand Jones & the Indications, (S/T) (Colemine) Although it’s not dominating the genre, old-school soul and R&B endures in 2016 as it springs up in locales other than NYC. Frankly this is a splendid turn of events, and joining the ranks is this Bloomington, IN group with a very sharp debut album. Jones is rich of voice as confidence keeps him out of the camp of imitators, facets extending to his band, their music securely on the earthy side of the spectrum without registering as calculated revamping of Stax or Hi. Tapping into a deep early ’70s groove (complete with vibes), “Is It Any Wonder” is a total gem. A-
http://www.thevinyldistrict.com/the-tvd-record-store-club/2016/07/graded-on-a-curve-new-in-stores-july-2016-2/

RHODE ISLAND CENTRAL NEWSPAPER – Album review
Bloomington, Detroit brings soul in two new albums
By DAN FERGUSON

I’ve never considered Bloomington, Indiana to be any sort of hot bed of soul music, but if the release from relative newcomer Durand Jones & The Indications is any indication, that metropolis has itself a potential blue chipper.Detroit, on the other hand, has a rich and storied history of soul and R&B. Andre Williams arose out of Motor City ages ago via a series of vital sides recorded for the hometown Fortune Records label. His career has had plenty of peaks and valleys since. He’s nearing 80 years of age and still kicking with attitude to spare and his latest release for Bloodshot Records is a testament to that durability. Releases from Jones and Williams are in the Ear Bliss spotlight this week. Let’s get to it.

Born on the Bayou, Durand Jones’ upbringing was one where singing Southern gospel songs as part of the church choir at his local Baptist church in the rural Louisiana town where he was raised was a very important part of his life.

Jones would also study classical music, not to mention play sax in his high school jazz band. From Louisiana, he would take his musical talents to Bloomington, Indiana, the home to the University of Indiana, to attend college. That talent would land him a spot as part of the renowned Indiana University Soul Revue and it was through that connection that he would meet the writer/producer duo of Aaron Frazer and Blake Rhein.

The trio would embark on a mission of writing original soul music and recording themselves straight to tape in no frills fashion in a Bloomington basement. Enter Ohio-based Colemine Records who got an earful of the stuff Jones and company were creating and dug it enough to first issue a 45 RPM followed by the newly released, self-titled full-length debut by Durand Jones & The Indications.

If you’re a fan of acts like Leon Bridges and Charles Bradley, the old school sounds spewing out of Jones & The Indications’ debut will satisfy. In possession of a shouter of a voice form fit to the gritty and fiery Southern-styled blend of soul and R&B found on this fine album, as the story goes the classically trained saxophonist Jones never set out to be a singer.

Judging by the vocals chops he demonstrates on this album, he’s a good one and can certainly now add “singer” to his resume. With Frazer on drums and Rhein on guitars along with Kyle Houpt on bass and Justin Hubler on keys, the album ignites in stellar fashion with the driving funk of “Make a Change.” The band takes it down a notch with the slow groove of the next track called “Can’t Keep My Cool,” an emotional number which provides plenty of latitude for Jones to show his vocal range before amping things up on the butt-shaking garage soul of “Groovy Babe”.

That ebb and flow continues the remainder of the way on this promising debut from a band to keep an eye on. Visit www.coleminerecords.com.
http://www.ricentral.com/arts_entertainment/bloomington-detroit-brings-soul-in-two-new-albums/article_0207161c-6554-11e6-963f-3bf1886c1588.html

YOU HEAR THAT (music blog) –
Durand Jones & The Indications
Talk about wish fulfillment.

Last Friday, I whined about being late to the Durand Jones & The Indications party, and how it meant I likely wouldn’t get my hands on a copy of the group’s self-titled debut album, which was pressed in relatively small numbers.

BK Music to the rescue.

They just got in an incredible haul of used vinyl, and to get the word out, they did something that I’m seeing more and more — they posted a short video of disembodied hands flipping through the albums. I saw Durand Jones was in there, blacked out, and when I came to, I was listening to it on my turntable. Feeling very lucky right now.

Quick, related side note: A coworker once told me about how her daughter was hooked on these YouTube videos in which disembodied hands (OK, so there really are bodies attached, you just can’t see them) open up plastic or paper mache eggs and show what’s inside. Toys, candy, whatever. Depending on how your brain’s reward system is wired, you’re probably either saying to yourself “What’s the big deal?” or “I TOTALLY GET IT.”

And I totally get it, because I’m pretty sure those videos poke the exact same part of the brain that makes it so fun to flip through records. The element of surprise… the possibility that the next item could be the very thing you’re looking for… and experiencing that vicariously online is such a logical extension of that impulse. Not as great as being at the store to dig in person, but it’s still pretty great.

In summary, I have the brain of an addict, record stores everywhere should be doing this, and BK makes dreams come true.

Back to Durand Jones. This album cuts to the core of what I love most about soul music. It’s not about being polished or elaborate. Tons of legendary soul songs were recorded minutes after the band ran through them for the first time. It’s about the magic in the air when you do hit the record button — the emotion in the singer’s voice, the groove the band finds — and Jones & Co. have that magic in droves. See what you think:

Durand Jones & The Indications — “Tuck N’ Roll” [Spotify/iTunes]
https://youhearthat.com/2016/08/11/durand-jones-the-indications/

A JOURNAL OF MUSIC THINGS (music blog) – “Make a Change” video featured.
Artist: Durand Jones & The Indications “Make A Change”
Album/EP: Self-Titled
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Off of their undeniable self-titled debut, “Make A Change” from bayou-born deep soul outfit Durand Jones & The Indications is sure to be a classic of the modern soul era.
http://ajournalofmusicalthings.com/new-music-inbox-08-august-2016-stacey-teeth-tongue-ritual-howls-durand-jones-indications-exes/

TIGR TIGR (music blog) – “Make a Change” video featured.
Durand Jones & The Indications implores you to “Make A Change” in their debut video. “Make A Change” is the first cut on their eponymous album and it’s a bolstered by a gritty sensibility and some impassioned vocals. Durand Jones & The Indications album is out now via Colemine Records.
http://tigrtigr.com/durand-jones-indications-make-change-official-video

SOMETHING ELSE! (online music site) – Feature interview
Durand Jones, soul singer: Something Else! Interview
BY PRESTON FRAZIER

Louisiana-born soul-singing sensation Durand Jones got started, long before his debut album Durand Jones and the Indications was even a dream yet, in the church. That laid the ground work for a burgeoning music career, but only after a move to Bloomington, Ind. There, he joined the Indiana University Soul Revue, and subsequently began collaborating with the writing and producing duo of Aaron Frazer and Blake Rhein. Together, they began writing and recording music straight to tape, leading directly to the new studio release on Ohio-based Colemine Records.

Jones joined Preston Frazier for a Something Else! Sitdown to discuss his new album, how he connected with the Indications, and how his roots inform this unique throwback sound …

PRESTON FRAZIER: The songs on your debut album are consistently strong, start to finish. Tell us about the writing process.
DURAND JONES: This is a hard question. [Laughs.] With the writing process, I aimed to keep it in subjects that many soul artists follow – the party, political and social consciousness, and love songs. Aaron, Blake and I began to write tunes in the late fall of 2012. The last song we recorded was “Now I’m Gone,” in 2014. We were just doing this for fun on Sunday nights. It was a huge stress reliever for dealing with grad school for me. All of the songs were co-written, except “Now I’m Gone” — which was written by Blake. The arrangements were done by the band.

PRESTON FRAZIER: Who most influenced you?
DURAND JONES: Another hard one. I couldn’t just name one. From all of the singers in church I heard growing up, to the soul greats like Otis [Redding], Sam Cooke, Al Green, Solomon Burke, James Brown, etc., to even saxophone playing. It all has played a pivotal part in my singing. My influence in writing music is fluid, so I wouldn’t feeling comfortable answering this question right now in my life. Maybe I will have a definite answer 15-20 years down the road.

PRESTON FRAZIER: Where were you born? Were you raised in a musical family?
DURAND JONES: I was born in New Orleans, and my parents shortly moved back to my Dad’s hometown called Hillaryville, Louisiana. Everyone down there leaves out the L’s in Hillary when pronouncing it. It’s very, very small and rural – the kind of place where, as a kid, you’d get scolded for not speaking to the adults on their porches as you passed by. Lots of sugarcane. It lays right on a bend of the Mississippi river. That’s where I grew up. My grandmother played organ as a hobby back in the day, but that’s about it. My dad was a basketball player in school and he wanted his sons to be, as well. I just got all the wrong genes to be an athlete!

PRESTON FRAZIER: What age did you start singing? What was your first instrument?
DURAND JONES: I was singing ever since I could remember, but I was always bashful about it and only would sing at home. I was an unbearably shy kid, growing up. I knew early on though that I wanted to be involved in music in some way, so when I was old enough to join a band, I picked up the saxophone. That started my love for classical music and jazz.

PRESTON FRAZIER: What impact did church have in forming your musical foundation?
DURAND JONES: A huge one, when it came to singing. I grew up in a religious household, so church was a thing every Sunday. My grandmother didn’t care if you were sick either! I started to sing so much at home that my grandmother put me in the choir at church. I thought it’d be so nerve racking to sing in a group back then. I didn’t sing a word in the choir for weeks, I just mouthed them. That’s how nervous I was. When I started to warm up to the idea and started to actually sing, the director noticed my voice and gave me a solo. That next Sunday, the church went nuts when I led the song. People were giving me hugs and some people even gave me money after the sermon. I was 16 when that happened. I think that was the moment I realized I could do something with my voice.

PRESTON FRAZIER: How did you decide on Southeastern Louisiana University?
DURAND JONES: M-O-N-E-Y! I got a nice scholarship to major in music education with a concentration in classical saxophone. I’m really glad I went there. I wanted to go to grad school to get a master’s in classical performance after I finished. I applied to several schools and had no intention of going to Indiana University, until I met the IU saxophone professor Otis Murphy when he came to Southeastern for a small residency. He convinced me to join him in the fall in Bloomington after I graduated. It’s funny to think about how by chance this has all happened.

PRESTON FRAZIER: Tell us about your musical endeavors prior to the Indications.
DURAND JONES: In high school, I played sax in a ska/punk band called Raley’s Revenge with some friends. In college, I played sax and sang the soul stuff in a cover band called Rewind. This is where I really learned from James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Otis, Stevie [Wonder], and so many other greats. I played sax in a gypsy jazz group called Carter McFarland and the Telegraph Salesmen, as well. When I moved to Bloomington, I played alto and traveled across the country with a classical saxophone group called the Kenari Quartet. We even won some national and international awards. I played bari-sax in a band called Jefferson Street Parade Band. I also wrote and arranged horn parts for the IU Soul Revue. That’s where I met Blake Rhein, and the birth of DJ and the Indications happened. My intention was to be a professional saxophonist, never the singer/frontman.

PRESTON FRAZIER: What led to the formation of the Indications?
DURAND JONES: My assistantship was with the Indiana University Soul Revue when I first came to Bloomington for school. We were short on guys that year and the director kept pushing me to sing some songs to fill out our set. I reluctantly agreed. [Guitarist] Blake Rhein was the student sound engineer for the group. After he heard me sing he invited me to come over to his place to hang and listen to some soul tunes. That is where I met [drummer] Aaron Frazer. Our listening sessions began to mold into jam sessions. These guys were already in a band called Charlie Patton’s War with Kyle Houpt [bass and guitar] and Justin Hubler on keys. The four of them had been playing together for years before I got to Bloomington. Eventually, they invited me to sing some Otis Redding tunes at a basement show they were playing, and that is really how it all started. These guys work like a fine-tuned machine. They were all recording arts students, so they knew what the hell they were doing and were damn good at it. I’ve never seen a band of four compliment each other so well, I couldn’t have gotten any luckier.

PRESTON FRAZIER: What’s next for you?
DURAND JONES: We are lining some tour dates in the Midwest and East Coast this fall. We also have a pretty hip music video coming out for one of the tunes, so be on the lookout for it! We’ve also been talking about the next of idea/concept that we hope to put out in the near future. I’m very excited for it.

PRESTON FRAZIER: Finally, what are your Top 5 albums?
DURAND JONES: I feel this would vary from day to day, because there are so many and it really depends on my mood. But for today, in no particular order: Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley; Innervisions by Stevie Wonder; Multiple by Joe Henderson; King and Queen by Otis Redding & Carla Thomas; One Night Stand! by Sam Cooke; and (a close sixth) Sweet Touch of Love by Allen Toussaint. Sorry, I had to add one more. These type of questions always get me!
http://somethingelsereviews.com/2016/07/15/durand-jones-interview/

EASY STREET RECORDS (Seattle record shop) – Positive album review
Album Review: Durand Jones & The Indications
By Ian Bremner
A “soul revival” implies “soul” went away in the first place. Despite losing its place in mainstream consciousness and dancehalls over the years, it never really went away. What makes people appreciate soul music is its inherent grit and personality. Personalities like Leon Bridges and Charles Bradley have launched soul back into pop culture, and the soul soil seems to be as fertile as ever.
Insert: Durand Jones & The Indications. The self-titled album from Colemine Records has been gaining steam and will inevitably be filling up summer playlists. Recorded in the band’s basement in Bloomington, Indiana, the record has that warm, authentic energy commonly paired with classic R&B guitar riffs, fluttering keyboards and the smooth voice of Durand Jones.
Some folks criticize newer soul albums for not “pushing the genre forward” but that begs the question, why does something have to be groundbreaking for full enjoyment? Wherever you choose to ingest your soul music, whether it’s through a pair of headphones or on a back porch littered with empty Tecate cans, soak in what you have in front of you. In the case of Durand Jones & The Indications, it’s a phenomenal debut and modern soul record.
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SPILL MAGAZINE (music site) – Feature interview
Spill Feature: Durand Jones & The Indications
SOULFULLY MAKING THAT CHANGE
AN INTERVIEW WITH DURAND JONES

Durand Jones is not what you might expect from a Soul-singer that commands so much attention on the microphone. He is a humble and jovial soft-spoken gentleman, true to his upbringing in small-town Louisiana. Herein we talk about how Jones found his calling to Soul music, the recording process for his and his group’s self-titled album (Durand Jones & The Indications), and how he discovered his true voice. We’re so glad he did.

Q: What was it like growing up in Louisiana?

A: I was born in New Orleans, and soon after my Dad moved us back to his hometown, which is called Hillaryville. If you’re ever in Hillaryville, nobody pronounces the ‘L’s in Hillaryville; everybody calls it “Hareville.” It was real small, roughly 750 folks. Four lanes, Cow pastures, right on the Mississippi river. It was pretty interesting growing up there.

Q: How old were you when you realized you were a singer?

A: About 16 or 17 years old. I was always a really shy person; also a saxophone player through high school and college. So I never really wanted to be a singer; I wanted to be a saxophone player. My grandma always heard me singing at home, and said, “I’m gonna put your ass in the youth choir.” I was reluctant. But one day the organist could hear me in the choir, and said “boy I’m gonna give you a song.” So I sang the song, and it really surprised me, the whole church just flipped out. People were running and jumping and afterwards they were giving me money and stuff. Man it was really cool. That’s when the realization came that maybe I could make something of this.

You know all those people, they started out real small, like Stevie (Wonder), Michael (Jackson), Gladys Knight, they were all children when they started singing. I wasn’t always a good-sounding singer. I can recall being in the car and singing with my family, and they were all laughing at me. I’d have my headphones on and trying to vibe with the music, then I’d take them off and they’re all laughing at me. I was like, “Goddam.” But they’re not laughing at me no more. So I guess I got them. [laughs]

“Staying up until 4:00 in the morning working on tunes down there, trying to get it in. Man you just gotta pull it out of yourself.”
Q: What was the first song you ever wrote?

A: The first song I ever wrote was for saxophone, not for voice. When I was a teenager I would like to write these little pieces for sax, but I’d never share them with the world. When it comes to writing Soul music, or being a singer/songwriter, that’s something fairly new to me. When I moved to Bloomington’s (Indiana University) I came with the intention of being a saxophone player, and I had no idea I was going to be singing on a solo record and talking to you right now. So with this album I collaborated a bunch, with Blake Rhein and Aaron Frazer. Damian Falkey, he recorded one of the tunes. It was really a learning process. Being that Blake has moved to Chicago and Aaron has moved to New York, it’s been more of a task with me to start writing a lot of tunes. It’s been coming along pretty well; the guys are digging what I’m sending them. The first tune is called “Feeling;” it’s about leaving this woman in New Orleans, about a break up, you know.

Q: Do you have a plan to release that?

A: What we all agreed on when we split out was we would all be writing on our own and when we got together we would just mash those ideas up. Whenever we get together it’s like they never left. They had some awesome suggestions for my tune, and really like the Gospel feel of it. I am really trying to get inspiration from Sam (Cooke) in my writing. When he crossed over, I really like what he did with the Soul stuff. That raw, gritty Gospel sound. I take a lot of inspiration from that. You know man, trying to get my Sam on.

Q: Moving from Louisiana to Indiana, was there a certain culture shock?

A: It was the first time I was ever far away from my family, so that was pretty weird to me. I would say the food. . . the food man, the food is totally different. It’s not Louisiana. So much good stuff I miss from home. But I was pleasantly surprised at how culturally diverse it is, in some ways more than others; there’s a lot of people doing some cool stuff here. I mean this town (Bloomington) is basically in the middle of the cornfields and they bring in musicians from all around the world. That’s what attracted me to come up here. One difference I notice here, compared to Louisiana, is that a lot of musicians say the school here (Indiana University), that’s the hub. But the way I was taught, you gotta get out into town and do your thing. That’s how I really put that vibe out with Blake and Aaron and got that Soul music going.

Durand Jones & The Indications
DURAND JONES & THE INDICATIONS – ALBUM REVIEW
Q: Do you think Soul music is making a comeback?

A: Yeah I think it’s making a really beautiful come back. You got people like Lee Fields and Sharon Jones – people who were trailblazing away in the late ‘90s – they were paving the way. All the people before them that were backing them up. But, I mean, it’s definitely making a comeback. It’s quite beautiful and I’m really glad to be a part of it. I’m learning my niche and my place. I definitely see that I can try to have a future in this thing.

Q: How did you capture the grit of your sound in the studio?

A: I think a big part of it has to do with aesthetic and taste. Aaron and Blake both really love Soul music. Aaron really leans more towards the Gospel side of things, where Blake tends to lean more towards a Rock and Soul type of thing, and it’s really cool mashing them up together, you know. Working in the basement, doing it straight to tape down there; there’s something that just feels gritty about doing that shit too. Staying up until four in the morning, working on tunes down there, trying to get it in. Man you just gotta pull it out of yourself. That was a realization I had working with Aaron because he can be on the intense side sometimes, and that’s not a bad thing; that’s a real good thing. He really pulled it out of me sometimes.

Q: Tell me about the first song on the album, “Make a Change.”

A: I feel like that was the most magical tune on the entire album. We literally tracked that song in a night. Blake and Aaron were working on the music early in the day. Blake was playing guitar and Aaron was playing drums, and I was just coming up with lyrics. I was just singing about what was on my mind, working for the city and not making any money at all. Minimum wage is seven-twenty-five; I mean what the hell can someone do with that? That’s the reason some people resort to crime and to doing things they don’t want to do like selling their bodies; all kinds of stuff man. I’ve seen that shit firsthand, down

in Louisiana. The poorest person in the United States is the black workers from the South. So you see a lot of people living with nothing, and it’s not like these people don’t want to make a change in their life. They’re stuck making just the change. Just the dollar.

So I was throwing all these ideas out, and Aaron was just really intense this night. He was like, “you gotta make it percussive!,” and he really pulled it out of me that night. I’ll never forget waking up the next day and going into class, I walk in at 10 to 9:00 after leaving the Hideaway at 4:30 in the morning, smiling and feeling so good. If I could do that all the time. I didn’t give a shit about class. I knew that collaboration was the real deal after we worked on “Make a Change.”

Q: What do you think is the most important thing for a person to exemplify to have success in music?

A: That reminds me of an interview with Lee Fields and he said, “people who are very successful but also really mean, they’ve always been mean.” You have to assess your situation and ask yourself what it is. I think humility, watching Charles Bradley, he always seems so gracious to his audience. He always seems to be moved to tears in his performance. That’s a form of humility and gratitude to the people and the art. Then there’s the vigilance; you really gotta put yourself out there if you want to make it happen. You have to find some people who believe in your dream to help you get there. An old teacher of mine always said it’s easier working with folks rather than working alone. Find a coalition that’ll believe in your project and wants to gun down the road with you. It’s so much easier.

“…and it’s not like these people don’t want to make a change in their life. They’re stuck making just the change. Just the dollar.“
Q: If you could sit down and have coffee with any musician that has passed away, who would it be?

A: Nina Simone, the High Priestess of Soul. She started out as a classical musician, and obviously moved to a different realm. But you could always hear a reverence in all her music, from her love for classical. I feel like I’m going down a similar path. For two years I was with this classical saxophone quartet and we were winning awards and travelling around the country. But I decided to leave because I didn’t want it as bad as those guys did. I’d love to talk to her about that.

I would love to sit down with Sam Cooke for sure. I really love his transition from Gospel into Soul, and I like what he brought from Gospel into Soul music. He was just really revered by all of the greats. Joe Tex loved Sam. Donna Burke loved Sam. Otis Redding loved Sam. All the greats have huge reverence for Sam. I would love to sit down and have a chat with Sam. I’m coming from the Gospel area too, from a small Baptist church. So I really feel for that dude.

I should pick a Saxophone player too… the answer may have been different yesterday but I would totally say Cannonball (Adderley) today. Just hearing that dude speak, but he’s got some pretty good soul too; “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” comes to mind. Pretty soulful and pretty groovy and I dig it a bunch, and I also dig his hard jazz that’s just straight up swinging. Yeah, I really like his stuff.

Q: What would you pick if you could only have three albums on a desert island?

A: I’m looking at the records on the wall here. I would stick with Otis Redding and Carla Thomas King and Queen. I would also say John Coltrane’s Ballads album. I’ve been listening to this all the time lately, so I gotta also say Stevie Wonder’s Where I’m Coming From. I dig it. It’s just funky.

Q: What’s coming down the pipe next for Durand Jones & The Indications?

A: Well I’m hoping to premiere a music video for “Make a Change” pretty soon. It’s gonna be coming out pretty soon, be on the lookout for that. We’re gonna be playing some shows in September; we’ll release the dates online. As for now there’s gonna be more music coming in the near future. It’ll be out in the world real soon.

SPILL MAGAZINE (music site) – Positive album review
Spill Album Review: Durand Jones & The Indications – Durand Jones & The Indications
Colemine Records
4 1/2 stars out of 5
Durand Jones’ first release is such a pleasure to listen to, and has instantly become a staple in my musical catalogue. Writing with Aaron Frazer (drums) and Blake Rhein (guitar) has awoken a soulful beast. The album is beautifully produced, mostly straight to tape from a basement in Indiana, and awash with sexy horn lines, hooky Funk guitar and perfectly placed organ pads. Even with all this great music that The Indications has to offer, Jones absolutely dominates the songs with his powerful, soulful and ever-evolving voice. Track by track, here are my impressions:

“Make a Change”

This is my personal favourite track. “Make a Change” opens with Frazer’s big, boomy kick drum that says, “I’m not fucking around here.” Tasteful guitar plinks and a nice organ pad fill the intro out. It all slides into the backbeat as Jones’ commanding voice swoons the first “Hold on, baby hold on.” Sounding like a young Marvin Gaye, Jones’ range and, for lack of a better word, “soul” make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. Throw in a catchy chorus, meaningful lyrics and slick horn hooks, and I am jacked to see the video, which thankfully is coming soon. This song could really propel Jones upward in the ranks of modern Soul musicians, where a talent like him belongs.

“Smile”

As the title suggests, this tune has a little more bounce, a little more “sunny day” feel to it. However, as the lyrics unfold, the song is definitively tongue-in-cheek, more about the cruelness of the world and how we force ourselves to smile through it for others to see. “Smile” retains a certain optimism; if not through the lyrics then certainly through the music.

“Can’t Keep My Cool”

Great horn lines open up this soulful ballad. Jones has penned such a classic-sounding number here; this song sounds like something you’ve heard before but with a great and original twist.

“Groovy Babe”

Channeling James Brown, Jones pulls out all the stops on this one. This has all the power, feel and sound of real classic Funk. When this tune comes on, I want to boost the volume up to deafening levels and dance around like a maniac. Air drumming to Frazer’s solo on this track is totally acceptable in any venue.

“Giving Up”

A classic organ-filled break-up song, “Giving Up” is nicely written and has a cool lyrical twist. Jones continues to lay down the law with his incredible vocal presence. Jones always seems to know how to do what’s best for the song; doesn’t get in the way but never undermines his own presence either. His styles can vary tremendously, and are always on-point. This would be a great song to have cranked in your convertible Cadillac while speeding down a Nevada highway.

“Is it Any Wonder?”

Jones should be called “The Chameleon of Soul,” as he pulls off this Smokey Robinson-style love song with absolute confidence. There is a plethora of lovemaking music to be found on this album; just press play and break out the red wine, kids. Soul is synonymous with sex and its many different tempos and moods.

“Now I’m Gone”

This is my second favourite track on the album. A good strong fuck you to the past is always enjoyable, but what really grabs me here is Jones’ voice… he sounds 100 per cent like himself. Jones is so able to emulate styles of Soul-singing that perhaps he lost a tiny bit of himself in the process, but here it is. I have no doubt that he will continue to grow and find himself, and the result will be an unstoppable Soul machine.

“Tuck ‘N’ Roll”

A nice mostly instrumental piece is a great way to finish off the album, and this is a real showpiece for the fantastic musicians that Jones worked with on this album. Sweet and funky and reminiscent of The Meters, this is a really fun song that shows of the skills of organist Justin Hubler.

This album is a fantastic listen; I guarantee you will be hearing more from Durand Jones & The Indications. Keep your eyes peeled for their upcoming video for “Make a Change,” and for my upcoming interview with this insightful and gifted artist.
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FLEAMARKET FUNK (music site) – Positive album review
DURAND JONES & THE INDICATIONS
Soul music can not be faked. You either have soul or you don’t. Heartache, troubles, misfortune and the like make for good soul music. There are plenty of bands out there claiming to be soul, or god forbid, retro soul. However there are few that can pull it off. Daptone and Truth and Soul, Soul Fire, the godfathers and mothers of the rejuvenation of the genre have been doing it for years. Always evolving and bringing the genre back from the past has opened the eyes and ears to many performers who realized just how good soul music was, and still is, if done right. One of the shining stars for almost 10 years, putting out solid funk and soul 45s and Lps is Colemine Records. They may joke that the label is run by morons, but seriously, despite their blatant self deprecation, their artists and records are top notch. The latest soul sensation on the label is Durand Jones & The Indications. With a previously released 45 “Smile” on the label (and the fire B-side “Tuck N Roll”), the full length just picks up and completely smashes it where the 45 left off. From the heavy drums of “Make A Change” to slow chugger falsetto of “Is It Any Wonder”, Durand Jones lays it down. There is plenty of heat in between as well. “Groovy Baby” is a Stax fueled trip to Memphis and back while “Now I’m Gone” blues influenced soul to the maximum. Durand Jones can sing. Let’s rephrase, he can wail. The embodiment of late 60’s soul music, Jones, backed by the impeccable Indications run through eight heat rocks of soul. From slow, heartache type ballads to heavy, funky soul of tracks like the aforementioned “Tuck N Roll”, this will soon be in rotation in your favorite records. For those who have been following this man’s career on the Colemine label, this is where he’s unleashed to the whole world. You will hear his name up there with many that came before him and made solid soul music. A perfect way to start any day, not just the weekend, get some Durand Jones & The Indications in your life, you won’t regret it.

Stream the record below:

More about the record, out today, July 1st on Colemine Records here.

Keep Diggin’!
https://fleamarketfunk.com/2016/07/01/durand-jones-the-indications/

WITH GUITARS (music site) – News post from press release
Durand Jones & The Indications New Album Out Today
http://www.withguitars.com/durand-jones-indications-new-album-today/

TIGR TIGR (music blog) – Durand Jones and the Indications: Review
by Greg
Durand Jones & The Indications generates a lot of heat on their gritty, soulful and deep-fried eponymous debut. Durand Jones hails from the rural south, more particularly Louisiana, and he transports his gospel roots to the eight raw tracks that comprise this album. Durand Jones isn’t alone and The Indications aren’t slouches as they’re a tight, cracking soul band capable of taking on any other up and comers.

Jones and crew take off on the opener “Make A Change” with a confident and steady groove complete with a satisfyingly heavy organ. Then they follow it up with the one-two punch of the chicken-scratch and horn-laden funk of current single, “Smile.” “Can’t Keep My Cool” and “Giving Up” find Jones in a pensive mood augmented by the groove created by a resolute horn and organ section. Jones begins to close the album with the fiery “Now I’m Gone” with courtesy given to Blake Rhein’s intense guitar workout. Durand Jones & The Indications wrap things up with a tight organ-heavy vamp session on “Tuck ‘N’ Roll” that’s a borderline jam in the best sense of the word.

Durand Jones & The Indications is a solid listen focusing on the intricacies of song craft and musicianship and comes highly recommended. Durand Jones & The Indications is available on July 1st via Colemine Records.
http://tigrtigr.com/durand-jones-indications/

MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL (Milwaukee daily) Brief positive album review.
Durand Jones & the Indications, “Durand Jones & the Indications” (Colemine). Born in rural Louisiana, Jones really took off as a performer in Bloomington, Ind., where he’s joined up with the Indications and created a sound, and first full-length, of soul music that’s so much of the old school that it might as well drive a car with fins.
http://www.jsonline.com/entertainment/musicandnightlife/new-albums-in-stores-this-week-b99754725z1-385215441.html

EXAMINER (A&E music site) Positive 5/5 star album review.
Schwindy’s indie music spotlight: Durand Jones and The Indications
By Gary Schwind
Durand Jones and The Indications (self-titled)
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I want to ask a favor of you, loyal reader. If anyone tells you that soul music just ain’t what it used to be, slug that person in the gut. OK, that’s a bit severe. I shouldn’t advocate belting a total stranger in the midsection. A better idea is to give that naysayer a copy of the new album from Durand Jones and The Indications. You only need to listen to the first couple bars of “Make a Move” to realize that this is soul music the way it used to be. The beat of the opening track is sure to get you moving something. Then you hear Jones’s voice and it’s hard not to think about singers like Sam Cooke. His voice is even and a little raspy. Oh, and he sings about social issues just like Curtis Mayfield.

When you listen to the instrumentation of this band, you’ll likely be reminded of Eli “Paperboy” Reed and The True Loves. James Hunter is another artist that might cross your mind when you listen to this band (especially “Can’t Keep My Cool”). I know that really no one compares to James Brown, but “Groovy Babe” definitely shows that Jones has spent a fair amount of time emulating The Godfather of Soul. The guitar is clean and bright and the rhythm section will get you swaying. Add some horns and organ, and what you’ve got is a first-rate soul band.

I could keep describing this album to you, but the thing you should really do is add this to your collection as soon as you can. Then play it frequently both for yourself and all your friends. You’ll all be thankful for the infusion of soul you’ll get from this album, which is available today (July 1) from Colemine Records.
http://www.examiner.com/review/schwindy-s-indie-music-spotlight-durand-jones-and-the-indications

DC ROCK LIVE (DC music blog) Positive album review.
DURAND JONES and the INDICATIONS “NOW I’M GONE”

I had to make sure I was listening to a new record when I first put this on, as the organ sound and other musical moves took me back to the soul music scene from the late sixties. Durand Jones is from Bloomington, Indiana and has clearly made an effort to bring classic soul music into the present. There are others, but not as many as there were then and it is good to hear this lovely sound. He has the expressive voice and also the band that can thicken up the mix or allow more space depending on the mood they are after. And they play around with beats and forms just enough, but the lead vocals are assured and keep the soul at the heart, so to say.

Songs to start with:

Smile – Great combination of old time soul and reggae moves.

Groovy Babe – Funky guitar, big rock sound and a great title.

Now I’m Gone – There is an interesting bounce in this beat.
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THE HERALD-TIMES (Bloomington daily) – Feature story (print only)
Durand Jones kicks it old school with debut LP
By Marci Creps
Durand Jones never intended to be a singer.

JAZZ CHILL (Jazz & R&B music site) – positive review via Dusty Groove
DURAND JONES & THE INDICATIONS

Easily one of the best deep soul albums we’ve heard in years – new work by a singer who hails from Indiana, but who’s able to give the best from Memphis and Muscle Shoals a real run for their money! Durand Jones isn’t one of these cats who’s trying to fake it with a few retro touches – and instead, he gets right to the heart of the matter, right from the very first note – with a deep vocal approach that’s rivaled by a rare few in the contemporary scene – maybe Lee Fields (and maybe that’s it!) The vocals are perfect – never forced or cliched, and really right on the money – and the Indications do a great job, too – with these lean backings that never overwhelm, yet really help keep things funky. Hats off to drummer Aaron Frazier and guitarist Blake Rhein, who wrote most of the songs on the record with Jones – and titles include “Make A Change”, “Can’t Keep My Cool”, “Groovy Babe”, “Giving Up”, “Now I’m Gone”, and “Is It Any Wonder”. ~ Dusty Groove

IF IT’S TOO LOUD (music site) – “Smile” Stream featured
Durand Jones & The Indications – “Smile”
Photo by Casey Garnett
There is currently this great resurgence of true old school R&B, and I’m personally thrilled by it. The latest to be handed the torch is Durand Jones & The Indication. On their new single, “Smile,” Jones’ voice definitely earns comparisons to Leon Bridges. However, the music just has this ever so slight edge to it. It’s not a hard or aggressive feel, but more of just a funkier feel. It’s combining classic R&B with a dancier feel, but still with live instruments. The sound of the backing band reminds me a lot of The Roots. The whole feel of the track might be caused by the recording process: They recorded directly to tape in a basement in their hometown of Bloomington, Indiana. That’s pretty much how this style of music should be recorded.

Durand Jones & The Indications self-titled debut will be out on Colemine Records on July 1. You can listen to “Smile” below. For more on Durand Jones & The Indicators, check them out on Facebook.
http://www.ifitstooloud.com/2016/06/durand-jones-indications-smile.html

BROADWAY WORLD (A&E site) News post on album release (from press announcement)

Durand Jones & The Indications Stream Debut LP Out July 1st
http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwmusic/article/Durand-Jones-The-Indications-Stream-Debut-LP-20160623

Durand Jones performs at Barracuda Outside. SXSW 2017. Austin, Texas. March 16, 2017

RADIO PLAY

OLD TIME RELIGION RADIO HOUR (UK radio) Thanks Old Time Religion Radio Hour in the UK for the recent spins this week of Durand Jones & the Indications’ new track “Make A Change.” https://otrrh.com/2017/04/04/1711-new-you/

WTJU (Charlottesville, Virginia public radio) – News post on new album on being added to their station.
Durand Jones & The Indications – Durand Jones & The Indications (Colemine): “Bayou-born soul sensation, Durand Jones got his start in the church, after being forced to sing in the choir of his rural hometown Hillaryville, Louisiana because his grandmother thought he sang too much at home. When his music career took him to Bloomington, Indiana, he was selected to join the legendary Indiana University Soul Revue, and it was through his involvement there that he met the writer/producer duo Aaron Frazer and Blake Rhein. The three began writing original soul music, recording themselves straight to tape….” (Bio, Colemine Records) The trio wrote five of the songs on this disc together, Frazier and Rhein composed one, Rhein wrote another, and Frazier co-wrote the remaining song. Musicians include Frazier (drums, vocals), Rhein (guitar), Kyle Houpt (bass)and Justin Hubler (organ, electric piano) and added horns by Alexander Young and Alex Geddes (tenor sax), Christian Allmendinger (trumpet), Steven Banks (bari sax) and Anastasia Talley (backing vocals). The music is based on old soul and funk though the vocal and sound are, at times, reminiscent of Charles Bradley without the intense wailing. The group is also reminiscent at times of St. Paul & The Broken Bones. In other words, this is a new group bringing the old style of soul back for another round. Check it out! A certified Professor Bebop “Wax Devoid Of Cracks”! Click here to check this disc out!
http://www.wtju.net/new-blues-soul-news-392017/

WXNA (Nashville radio) Thanks WXNA in Nashville for the recent spins this week of Durand Jones & the Indications’ new track “Make A Change.” Live @ The Basement 3/8!
https://spinitron.com/radio/playlist.php?station=wxna&year=2017&month=Mar&ptype=b&find=durand+jones&kind=artist

WFMU (East Orange, NJ Freeform radio) Thanks Therese @ WFMU for the recent spin of Durand Jones & the Indications’ new track “Smile”
http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/shows/71441

WESU (Middletown, CT public radio) ) Thanks WESU in Middletown, CT for the recent spin of Durand Jones & the Indications’ new track “Can’t Keep My Cool”!
https://spinitron.com/radio/playlist.php?station=wesu&plid=22352

SIRIUS XM / MOKB – Thanks MOKB for the recent spin of Durand Jones & The Indications’ “Smile” on Sirius XMU Blog Radio!
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KSJD (Cortez, CO public radio) Thanks KSJD in Cortez, CO for the recent spin of Durand Jones & the Indications’ new track “Now I’m Gone”
http://radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/finder?call=ksjd&x=0&y=0&sr=Y&s=C

WKKL (Cape Cod, MA radio) Thanks Sam Holmstock @ WKKL in Cape Cod for the recent spins of Durand Jones & the Indications & Soul Scratch!
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KEXP (Seattle radio) Thanks KEXP in Seattle for the recent spin of Durand Jones & the Indications’ new track “Make A Change”
http://kexp.org/playlist/2016/10/12/4AM

KCPR (San Luis Obispo, CA college radio) Thanks KCPR in San Luis Obispo, CA for the recent spin of Durand Jones & the Indications’ new track “Make A Change”
https://spinitron.com/radio/playlist.php?station=kcpr&year=2016&month=Oct&ptype=b&find=durand+jones&kind=artist!

CKUA (Edmonton, AB college radio) Durand Jones & the Indications is #11 on CKUA Edmonton’s recent Top 30 Chart!
http://www.ckua.com/category/features/chart/

WFMU (East Orange, NJ Freeform radio) Thanks Nate K. @ WFMU for the recent spin of Durand Jones & the Indications’ new track “Groovy Babe” on Burn It Down!
http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/shows/68573

KDHX (St, Louis community radio) Thanks Sean Smothers @ KDHX in St. Louis for the recent spin of Durand Jones & the Indications’ new track “Smile” on Gettin’ Down to It on Sep. 17th!
https://spinitron.com/radio/playlist.php?station=kdhx&plid=39302

KCBX (San Luis Obispo, CA public radio) Thanks Neal Losey @ KCBX in San Luis Obispo, CA for the recent spin of Durand Jones & the Indications’ new track “Is It Any Wonder” on Morning Cup on Sep. 19th!
http://kcbx.org/programs/morning-cup

WMUA (Amherst, MA college radio) Thanks WMUA in Amherst, MA for the recent spin of Durand Jones & the Indications’ new track “Smile” on Sep 13th!
http://wmua.radioactivity.fm/

CKUA (Edmonton, AB college radio) Thanks CKUA in Edmonton for the recent spin of Durand Jones & the Indications’ new track “Smile” on Sep 1st!
http://www.ckua.com/features/playlist/?date=2016-09-01

WOMR (Provincetown, MA community radio) Thanks Matty Dread @ WOMR in Provincetown, MA for the recent spin of Durand Jones & the Indications’ new track “Make A Change” on The Soul Funky Train on Sep. 1st!
https://spinitron.com/radio/playlist.php?station=womr&plid=5497

KCBX (San Luis Obispo, CA public radio) Thanks Rick Mathews @ KCBX in San Luis Obispo, CA for the recent spin of Durand Jones & the Indications’ new track “Make A Change” on Freedom Jazz Dance on Aug 20th!
http://kcbx.org/programs/freedom-jazz-dance

KCSB (Santa Barbara community radio) Thanks KCSB in Santa Barbara for the recent spin of Durand Jones & the Indications’ “Giving Up” on Aug. 26!
https://spinitron.com/radio/playlist.php?station=kcsb&plid=40321

KPTZ (Port Townsend, WA variety radio) Thanks KPTZ inPort Townsend, WA for the recent spins of Durand Jones & the Indications’ “Make A Change” & “Now I’m Gone” on All Over The Map on Aug. 25!
https://spinitron.com/radio/playlist.php?station=kptz&plid=47394

WKCR (NYC, NY variety radio) Thanks WKCR in NYCfor the recent spin of Durand Jones & the Indications’ new track “Now I’m Gone” on Night Train on Aug. 24!
https://spinitron.com/radio/playlist.php?station=wkcr&plid=1324

WMSE (Milwaukee, WI college radio) Thanks WMSE in Milwaukee for the recent spins of Durand Jones & the Indications’ new tracks “Groovy Babe,” “Now I’m Gone” and “Smile” on Armed Fauxes Radio on Aug. 22nd!
https://spinitron.com/radio/playlist.php?station=wmse&year=2016&month=Aug&ptype=b&find=durand+jones&kind=artist

KCBX (San Luis Obispo, CA public radio) Thanks Neal Losey @ KCBX in San Luis Obispo, CA for all the great spins of Durand Jones & the Indications’ new new LP on Morning Cup! (TYPE IN “DURAND” IN SEARCH TO SEE ALL PLAYS)
http://kcbx.org/programs/morning-cup

AMERICANA MUSIC SHOW (Americana radio show) – Thanks Calvin Powers for adding Durand Jones & The Indications’ new tracks “Groovy Babe,” “Make a Change” & “Can’t Keep My Cool” on the Americana Music Show this month!
https://americanamusicshow.com/adds-20160822/

KRVM (Eugene, OR AAA radio) Thanks Molly B @ KRVM inEugene, OR for the recent spin of Durand Jones & the Indications’ new track “Can’t Keep My Cool” on Soul City!
https://spinitron.com/radio/playlist.php?station=krvm&plid=11701

KUSF / Free Fall Radio (San Francisco internet radio) Thanks KUSF / Free Fall Radio in San Francisco for the recent spin of Durand Jones & the Indications’ new track “Groovy Babe”
http://www.freefallradio.com/

WFMU (East Orange, NJ Freeform radio) Thanks DJ Guy @ WFMU for the recent spin of Durand Jones & the Indications’ new track “Can’t Keep My Cool”
http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/shows/68058

WRIR (Richmond, VA radio) Durand Jones & The Indications’ new LP hits the #1 spot this week on WRIR’s Top 30 Chart in Richmond!
http://wrir.org/2016/08/15/top-30-for-aug-8-14/

WESU (Middletown, CT public radio) ) Thanks Lord Lewis @ WESU in Middletown, CT for the recent spin of Durand Jones & the Indications’ new track “Groovy Babe” on The Rumpus Room
https://spinitron.com/radio/playlist.php?station=wesu&plid=19500

WRIR (Richmond, VA radio) ) Thanks @ WRIR Radio in Richmond, VA for the recent spin of Durand Jones & the Indications’ new track “Make A Change” on Paul’s Boutique
http://wrir.org/playlists/pauls-boutique-august-11-2016/

KCBX (San Luis Obispo, CA public radio) Thanks Neal Losey @ KCBX in San Luis Obispo, CA for the recent spin of Durand Jones & the Indications’ new track “Make A Change” on Morning Cup
http://kcbx.org/programs/morning-cup

WFMU (East Orange, NJ Freeform radio) Thanks Pat Byrne @ WFMU for the recent spin of Durand Jones & the Indications’ new track “Giving Up” on Prove It All Night
https://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/67869

WORT (Madsion, WI college radio) Thanks WORT in Madison, WI for the recent spin of Durand Jones & The Indications’ Make A Change!
https://spinitron.com/radio/playlist.php?station=wort&plid=22812

AMERICANA MUSIC SHOW (Americana radio show) – Thanks Calvin Powers for the recent 7/18 spin of Durand Jones & The Indications’ new track “Groovy Babe” on the Americana Music Show
https://americanamusicshow.com/ana-egge-rocks-out-with-the-sentimentals-ep310/

KCBX (San Luis Obispo radio) Thanks Neal Losey @ KCBX for the recent spin of Durand Jones & the Indications’ new track “Smile” on The Morning Cup!
http://kcbx.org/programs/morning-cup

AMERICANA MUSIC SHOW (Americana radio show) – Thanks Calvin Powers for the recent 7/18 spin of Durand Jones & The Indications’ new track “Make A Change” on the Americana Music Show
https://americanamusicshow.com/bill-mallonee-explores-death-and-the-meaning-of-life-on-slow-trauma-ep309/

WFMU (East Orange, NJ Freeform radio) Thanks Joe McGasko @ WFMU for the recent spin of Durand Jones & the Indications’ new track “Giving Up”
http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/shows/67548

WTTS (Indianapolis AAA radio) – Thanks WTTS in Indy for the recent 7/18 spin of Durand Jones & The Indications’ new single “Smile” on Indy Underground!
(Also linked to Popmatters full album stream!)
http://wttsfm.com/on-air/indy-underground/

WRIR (Richmond, VA radio) Album added to rotation 7/13!

SONIC BANDWAGON (UK radio show) Thanks Andy Barnes for the recent spin of Durand Jones & the Indications’ new track “Smile” on Sonic Bandwagon!
http://www.sonicbandwagon.com/radio/124-sonic-bandwagon-radio-blackthorn-festival-preview/

WFMU (East Orange, NJ Freeform radio) Thanks Therese @ WFMU for the recent spin of Durand Jones & the Indications’ new track “Is It Any Wonder?”
http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/shows/67543

WFMU (East Orange, NJ Freeform radio) Thanks Samantha @ WFMU for the recent spin of Durand Jones & the Indications’ new track “Giving Up” http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/shows/67451

ABC Radio National (AUSTRALIAN radio) – Thanks ABC Australia in Sydney for the recent 7/11 spin of Durand Jones & The Indications’ new track “Make a Change” on The Inside Sleeve!
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/insidesleeve/2016-07-11/7587210

WTTS (Indianapolis AAA radio) – Thanks WTTS in Indy for the recent 7/11 spin of Durand Jones & The Indications’ new single “Smile” on Indy Underground!
http://wttsfm.com/on-air/indy-underground/

TOO MUCH ROCK (Kansas City podcast show) – Thanks Too Much Rock for the recent spin of Durand Jones & The Indications’ new song “Make A Change”
http://toomuchrock.com/podcasts/play.html?podnum=365

SONIC BANDWAGON (UK radio show & podcast) – Thanks Andy Barnes @ Sonic Bandwagon for the recent spin of Durand Jones & The Indications’ new single “Smile” on www.pureradio.org.uk

WRIR (Richmond, VA college radio) – Thanks Paul for the recent spin of Durand Jones & The Indications’ new single “Make A Change” on The Other Black Music!
http://wrir.org/playlists/the-other-black-music-july-3-2016/

WRIR (Richmond, VA college radio) – Thanks Paul for the recent spin of Durand Jones & The Indications’ new single “Smile” on Paul’s Boutique!
http://wrir.org/playlists/pauls-boutique-june-16-2016/

FREEFALL PODCAST (weekly jazz & R&B podcast show) – Thanks David Bassin for the recent spin of Durand Jones & The Indications’ new track “Groovy Babe”
http://jazzbo51.podomatic.com/

KSFR (Santa Fe radio) – Thanks Steve Terrelll @ KFSR for the recent spin of Durand Jones and the Indications’ new track “Groovy Babe” on The Big Enchilada podcast!
https://stephenwterrell.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/big-enchilada-97-the-devil-we-know/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BIGENCHILADA+(THE+BIG+ENCHILADA+)

CKUA (Edmonton, AB college radio) Durand Jones & the Indications’ new self-titled LP debuts on CKUA in Edmonton Top 30 Chart this week at #22!
http://earshot-online.com/charts/ckua.cfm?intChartTypeID=1&dWeekOfID=2016-07-05

WFMU (East Orange, NJ Freeform radio) Thanks Joe McGasko @ WFMU for the recent spin of Durand Jones & the Indications’ new track “Groovy Babe” on Surface Noise
http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/shows/67324

WFMU (East Orange, NJ Freeform radio) Thanks Sasha Jones @ WFMU for the recent spin of Durand Jones & the Indications’ new track “Is It Any Wonder?”
http://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/67228

THE FACE RADIO (Brooklyn, NY-based online radio show) – Thanks The Face Radio in Brooklyn for the recent spin of Durand Jones and the Indications’ new single “Groovy Babe” on @BBOXRadio
http://thefaceradiobk.com/shows/theface81/

WMBR (Cambridge, MA college radio) – Thanks Christopher Vyce @ WMBR in Cambridge for the today’s spin of Durand Jones and the Indications’ new single “Smile” on Lost & Found!
http://www.track-blaster.com/wmbr/playlist.php?id=23572

WFHB (Bloomington Community radio) Thanks WFHB for all the great spins of Durand Jones & The Indications’ new album for the last two months!!

WFHB SEPTEMBER 2016 SPINS
Sep 5th 2016 9:47am Durand Jones & The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Sep 4th 2016 4:53pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Is it Any Wonder?” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Sep 3rd 2016 9:05pm Durand Jones & The Indications “smile” from smile – Single Playlist
Sep 2nd 2016 9:12am Durand Jones & The Indications “Tuck ‘N’ Roll” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Sep 1st 2016 7:39am

WFHB AUGUST 2016 SPINS
Aug 30th 2016 4:10pm Durand Jones & The Indications “giving up” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 29th 2016 1:05pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Can’t Keep My Cool” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 28th 2016 5:53pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Now I’m Gone” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 28th 2016 5:49pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Is it Any Wonder?” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 25th 2016 7:38am Durand Jones & The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 24th 2016 10:15pm Durand Jones & The Indications “giving up” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 24th 2016 9:38am Durand Jones & The Indications “Tuck ‘N’ Roll” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 21st 2016 5:45pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Groovy Babe” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 17th 2016 9:37pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 17th 2016 4:15pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Tuck ‘N’ Roll” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 16th 2016 7:14am Durand Jones & The Indications “Make A Change” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 15th 2016 3:15pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Groovy Babe” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 14th 2016 5:36pm Durand Jones & The Indications “giving up” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 12th 2016 3:28pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 12th 2016 9:36am Durand Jones & The Indications “Can’t Keep My Cool” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 12th 2016 7:52am Durand Jones & The Indications “Is it Any Wonder?” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 10th 2016 11:06pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Groovy Babe” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 10th 2016 3:03pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Groovy Babe” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 10th 2016 6:08am Durand Jones & The Indications “Is It Any Wonder?” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 9th 2016 4:10pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Groovy Babe” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 7th 2016 5:38pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 4th 2016 4:28pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Tuck ‘N’ Roll” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 2nd 2016 3:14pm Durand Jones & The Indications “smile” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 1st 2016 3:44pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 1st 2016 7:47am Durand Jones & The Indications “giving up” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist

WFHB JULY 2016 SPINS
Jul 31st 2016 5:07pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Can’t Keep My Cool” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 29th 2016 1:34pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Groovy Babe” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 29th 2016 9:12am Durand Jones & The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 29th 2016 7:37am Durand Jones & The Indications “Groovy Babe” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 29th 2016 6:34am Durand Jones & The Indications “giving up” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 28th 2016 2:29pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 28th 2016 7:26am Durand Jones & The Indications “Tuck ‘N’ Roll” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 25th 2016 2:17pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Can’t Keep My Cool” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 24th 2016 4:10pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Now I’m Gone” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 22nd 2016 3:42pm Durand Jones & The Indications “smile” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 22nd 2016 10:30am Durand Jones & The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 21st 2016 6:44am Durand Jones & The Indications “Smile” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 20th 2016 9:11pm Durand Jones & The Indications “smile” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 18th 2016 7:47am Durand Jones & The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 17th 2016 4:45pm Durand Jones & The Indications “smile” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 14th 2016 3:26pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Groovy Babe” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 13th 2016 7:15am Durand Jones & The Indications “smile” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 11th 2016 3:15pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Can’t Keep My Cool” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 10th 2016 4:06pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Now I’m Gone” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 8th 2016 3:25pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 8th 2016 1:07pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 7th 2016 2:51pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Can’t Keep My Cool” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 7th 2016 7:40am Durand Jones & The Indications “smile” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 6th 2016 3:07pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Groovy Babe” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 6th 2016 6:11am Durand Jones & The Indications “Now I’m Gone” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 1st 2016 3:43pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Can’t Keep My Cool” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 1st 2016 3:10pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist

WFHB (Bloomington Community radio) Thanks WFHB for all the great spins of Durand Jones & The Indications’ new album for the last two months!!

WFHB SEPTEMBER 2016 SPINS
Sep 5th 2016 9:47am Durand Jones & The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Sep 4th 2016 4:53pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Is it Any Wonder?” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Sep 3rd 2016 9:05pm Durand Jones & The Indications “smile” from smile – Single Playlist
Sep 2nd 2016 9:12am Durand Jones & The Indications “Tuck ‘N’ Roll” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Sep 1st 2016 7:39am

WFHB AUGUST 2016 SPINS
Aug 30th 2016 4:10pm Durand Jones & The Indications “giving up” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 29th 2016 1:05pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Can’t Keep My Cool” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 28th 2016 5:53pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Now I’m Gone” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 28th 2016 5:49pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Is it Any Wonder?” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 25th 2016 7:38am Durand Jones & The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 24th 2016 10:15pm Durand Jones & The Indications “giving up” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 24th 2016 9:38am Durand Jones & The Indications “Tuck ‘N’ Roll” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 21st 2016 5:45pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Groovy Babe” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 17th 2016 9:37pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 17th 2016 4:15pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Tuck ‘N’ Roll” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 16th 2016 7:14am Durand Jones & The Indications “Make A Change” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 15th 2016 3:15pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Groovy Babe” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 14th 2016 5:36pm Durand Jones & The Indications “giving up” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 12th 2016 3:28pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 12th 2016 9:36am Durand Jones & The Indications “Can’t Keep My Cool” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 12th 2016 7:52am Durand Jones & The Indications “Is it Any Wonder?” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 10th 2016 11:06pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Groovy Babe” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 10th 2016 3:03pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Groovy Babe” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 10th 2016 6:08am Durand Jones & The Indications “Is It Any Wonder?” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 9th 2016 4:10pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Groovy Babe” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 7th 2016 5:38pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 4th 2016 4:28pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Tuck ‘N’ Roll” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 2nd 2016 3:14pm Durand Jones & The Indications “smile” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 1st 2016 3:44pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Aug 1st 2016 7:47am Durand Jones & The Indications “giving up” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist

WFHB JULY 2016 SPINS
Jul 31st 2016 5:07pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Can’t Keep My Cool” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 29th 2016 1:34pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Groovy Babe” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 29th 2016 9:12am Durand Jones & The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 29th 2016 7:37am Durand Jones & The Indications “Groovy Babe” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 29th 2016 6:34am Durand Jones & The Indications “giving up” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 28th 2016 2:29pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 28th 2016 7:26am Durand Jones & The Indications “Tuck ‘N’ Roll” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 25th 2016 2:17pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Can’t Keep My Cool” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 24th 2016 4:10pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Now I’m Gone” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 22nd 2016 3:42pm Durand Jones & The Indications “smile” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 22nd 2016 10:30am Durand Jones & The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 21st 2016 6:44am Durand Jones & The Indications “Smile” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 20th 2016 9:11pm Durand Jones & The Indications “smile” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 18th 2016 7:47am Durand Jones & The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 17th 2016 4:45pm Durand Jones & The Indications “smile” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 14th 2016 3:26pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Groovy Babe” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 13th 2016 7:15am Durand Jones & The Indications “smile” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 11th 2016 3:15pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Can’t Keep My Cool” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 10th 2016 4:06pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Now I’m Gone” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 8th 2016 3:25pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 8th 2016 1:07pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 7th 2016 2:51pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Can’t Keep My Cool” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 7th 2016 7:40am Durand Jones & The Indications “smile” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 6th 2016 3:07pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Groovy Babe” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 6th 2016 6:11am Durand Jones & The Indications “Now I’m Gone” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 1st 2016 3:43pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Can’t Keep My Cool” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist
Jul 1st 2016 3:10pm Durand Jones & The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones & The Indications Playlist

KRFC (Fort Collins, CO Community radio) – Thanks KRFC for ALL the recent spins of Durand Jones & The Indications the last two months!

KRFC AUGUST 2016 SPINS
Aug 31st 2016 2:10pm Durand Jones and The Indications “Now I’m Gone” from Durand Jones and The Indications Playlist
Aug 17th 2016 3:45pm Durand Jones and The Indications “Groovy Babe” from Durand Jones and The Indications Playlist
Aug 17th 2016 2:19pm Durand Jones and The Indications “giving up” from Durand Jones and The Indications Playlist
Aug 16th 2016 9:54pm Durand Jones and The Indications “Tuck ‘N’ Roll” from Durand Jones and The Indications Playlist
Aug 15th 2016 2:27pm Durand Jones and The Indications “Groovy Babe” from Durand Jones and The Indications Playlist
Aug 12th 2016 8:11am Durand Jones and The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones and The Indications Playlist
Aug 11th 2016 8:44am Durand Jones and The Indications “Groovy Babe” from Durand Jones and The Indications Playlist
Aug 10th 2016 4:31pm Durand Jones and The Indications “smile” from Durand Jones and The Indications Playlist
Aug 8th 2016 9:32pm Durand Jones and The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones and The Indications Playlist
Aug 8th 2016 7:33pm Durand Jones and The Indications “Now I’m Gone” from Durand Jones and The Indications Playlist
Aug 8th 2016 3:42pm Durand Jones and The Indications “giving up” from Durand Jones and The Indications Playlist
Aug 8th 2016 10:48am Durand Jones and The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones and The Indications Playlist
Aug 8th 2016 8:50am Durand Jones and The Indications “Groovy Babe” from Durand Jones and The Indications Playlist
Aug 3rd 2016 2:41pm Durand Jones and The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones and The Indications

KRFC JULY 2016 SPINS
Jul 31st 2016 10:03am Durand Jones and The Indications “Can`t Keep My Cool” from Durand Jones and The Indications Playlist
Jul 27th 2016 6:58pm Durand Jones and The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones and The Indications Playlist
Jul 26th 2016 11:13am Durand Jones and The Indications “giving up” from Durand Jones and The Indications Playlist
Jul 25th 2016 8:44pm Durand Jones and The Indications “Tuck ‘n’ Roll” from Durand Jones and The Indications Playlist
Jul 22nd 2016 6:14am Durand Jones and The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones and The Indications Playlist
Jul 21st 2016 8:16am Durand Jones and The Indications “Giving up” from Durand Jones and The Indications Playlist
Jul 20th 2016 3:18pm Durand Jones and The Indications “Now I’m gone” from Durand Jones and The Indications Playlist
Jul 20th 2016 2:37pm Durand Jones and The Indications “giving up” from Durand Jones and The Indications Playlist
Jul 20th 2016 9:30am Durand Jones and The Indications “Groovy Babe” from Durand Jones and The Indications Playlist
Jul 19th 2016 1:53pm Durand Jones and The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones and The Indications Playlist
Jul 18th 2016 1:37pm Durand Jones and The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones and The Indications Playlist
Jul 15th 2016 3:24pm Durand Jones and The Indications “groovy babe” from Durand Jones and The Indications Playlist
Jul 14th 2016 9:29am Durand Jones and The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones and The Indications Playlist
Jul 13th 2016 9:39pm Durand Jones and The Indications “smile” from Durand Jones and The Indications Playlist
Jul 13th 2016 5:57pm Durand Jones and The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones and The Indications Playlist
Jul 13th 2016 8:26am Durand Jones and The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones and The Indications Playlist
Jul 12th 2016 1:00pm Durand Jones and The Indications “smile” from Durand Jones and The Indications Playlist
Jul 10th 2016 10:17am Durand Jones and The Indications “Make a Change” from Durand Jones and The Indications Playlist

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By Chris DeVille

Swarming Branch is the Columbus-based brainchild of skewed singer-songwriter Andrew Graham, who has spent the past decade exploring the intersection of post-punk, folk-rock, early 20th century pop, and whatever other sonic oddities have recently captured his ear. He’s an old soul whose reflections on the weird and worrisome state of modern life have always come couched in a unique and fascinating creative framework — an imagined alternate history of Americana informed by Graham’s eclectic record collection and the idiosyncratic playing of collaborators such as keyboardist Dane Terry and drummer Lon Leary.
Most recently that vision manifested on Surreal Number, an excellent but slept-on album that saw limited release last year. It’s getting wider distribution tomorrow via SofaBurn Records, and ahead of the re-release the band is unveiling the video for their contagiously bouncy art-pop splatter “Zsazsur’s Real Estate Song.” It stars Dana Hatch from Columbus garage-punk greats Cheater Slicks and is directed by Danielle Petrosa, who explains, “I visualized the song’s landscapes and characterizations into a glitchy ode to everything from Paris, Texas to Raggedy Anne & Andy: A Musical Adventure.” Watch below, where you can also stream Surreal Number in full via PopMatters.

Check out Swarming Branch on tour:

05/28 Cambridge, MA @ State Park
05/31 Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant St.
06/02 Nelsonville, OH @ Nelsonville Music Festival
06/06 Cincinnati, OH @ Urban Artifact Brewing
06/07 Louisville, KY @ TBA
06/08 St. Louis, MO @ Blank Space
06/28 Sacramento, CA @ TBA
06/30 Portland, OR @ House Show
07/02 Seattle, WA @ Victory Lounge
07/05 Omaha, NE @ O’Leavers
07/06 Chicago, IL @ Cafe Mustache
07/07 Akron, OH @ Musica
07/08 Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe

Surreal Number is out 5/26 via SofaBurn Records. Pre-order it on vinyl or CD.
http://www.stereogum.com/1942970/swarming-branch-zsazsurs-real-estate-song-video/video/

POPMATTERS PREMIERES SWARMING BRANCH’S NEW ALBUM!

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO SWARMING BRANCH’S NEW “SURREAL NUMBER” ALBUM IN ITS ENTIRETY VIA POPMATTERS!

Swarming Branch – ‘Surreal Number’ (album stream) (premiere)
BY JEDD BEAUDOIN

SWARMING BRANCH RETURNS WITH A TUNEFUL MEDITATION ON THE NATURE OF AUTHENTICITY, CONTEMPORARY LIFE.

With the observational skills of Ray Davies, the freak folk interests of early Beck and a conceptual bent that places the outfit in line with fellow Ohioan Robert Pollard, Swarming Branch’s music is as accessible as it is intellectually rewarding. The real pleasure of listening to this collection comes not in peeling away the layers or finding new nomenclature to describe the dizzying array of sounds contained in these tracks. Instead, it’s in letting the music work its charms in these brief and brilliant bursts of both sincerity and hilarity.

Whether the Latin-esque “Zsazsur’s Real Estate Song,” the haunting and unhurried “All I Wanna Do Pt. 22” or the heady, psychedelic mixture that could have only come from minds that had heard both the Beatles and a host of wedding bands working out the intricacies of polka at the local VFW during “In the Garden of the Gods”, one is taken by the commitment to the amusing and imaginative juxtapositions that happen throughout.

Band member Andrew Graham elaborates on the record’s organic nature as well as its awareness of life in an increasingly manufactured world. “To me, Surreal Number is an album about accepting that synthetic and organic things can work together,” he says. “The Romanesco broccoli on the album cover looks computer generated, but it is edible. The bosc pear, sometimes thought to be a symbol of immortality, is gilded in plastic. They’re both set in front of artificial grass, whose greenness is ‘greener than the real thing.’”

One can easily hear this aesthetic in play across the record with Graham adding, “Drum machines co-exist with the live drums. Synths and upright piano play together. Some of it’s recorded to tape, while other parts were recorded digitally.” If those juxtapositions are overwhelming for some, the musician adds a small but important reminder: “And just as dissimilar sounds can work together without contradiction, so too can dissimilar lyrics. If the lyrics seem to come from different points of view, it’s because each person has the capacity to feel many ways, simultaneously. Purity is overrated and authenticity doesn’t need to come from honing in on one idea or opinion.”

Surreal Number, out 26 May, may be ordered in both vinyl and CD format.

TOUR DATES
May 28 – Cambridge, MA @ State Park
May 31 – Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant St.
June 1-4 Nelsonville Music Festival
June 6 – Cincinnati, OH – Urban Artifact Brewing
June 7 – Louisville, KY @ TBA
June 8 – St. Louis, MO @ Blank Space
June 28 – Sacramento, CA @ TBA
June 30 – Portland, OR @ House Show
July 2 – Seattle, WA – Victory Lounge
July 5 – Omaha, NE @ O’Leavers
July 6 – Chicago, IL @ Cafe Mustache
July 7 – Akron, OH @ Musica
July 8 – Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe
http://www.popmatters.com/post/swarming-branch-surreal-number-album-stream-premiere/

PURE VOLUME PREMIERES THE WHISKEY GENTRY’S NEW VIDEO!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE WHISKEY GENTRY’S NEW VIDEO “IF YOU WERE AN ASTRONAUT” VIA PURE VOLUME!

PREMIERE: The Whiskey Gentry — “If You Were An Astronaut”
Atlanta-based Americana ensemble the Whiskey Gentry released their third album, Dead Ringer, earlier this year. The group is sharing a new endearing video for “If You Were An Astronaut.” Here, the video was shot in a day and singer/songwriter Lauren Staley drew all of the characters and boards for it. If that’s not impressive enough, Staley’s husband/bandmate Jason Morrow, along with their pal worked on the animation.

“This song is really special to Jason and I for a bunch of reasons,” Staley explains. “Jason created the chords and melody, and I wrote the lyrics. We finished the song in the hotel room in Joshua Tree that Gram Parsons died in. I’d had a hard time thinking of an appropriate final verse to the song, but it came to me in that room. We felt like we were given a little gift from Gram.

We recorded the song live, just Jason and I in the big church room at Echo Mountain. No editing was done to the song after the fact – you can hear the room and the chair creaking and us breathing. It’s totally that moment captured in time. Lastly, I drew all of the characters and the boards for the video with school supplies Jason bought at The School Box. We filmed it in one day at our friend Mike’s house, and we all did the animation ourselves. Best $150 we’ve ever spent!”

The Whiskey Gentry’s Dead Ringer is out now. Check out their tour dates below:

May 31 – The Broadberry – Richmond, VA
Jun 1 – Hill Country – Washington DC
Jun 2 – Hill Country – New York City, NY
Jun 3 – The Shaskeen – Manchester, NH
Jun 4 – Atwoods Tavern – Cambridge, MA
June 6 – Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA
Jun 7 – Sellersville Theatre – Sellversville, PA
Jun 8 – Howlers – Pittsburgh, PA
Jun 9 – MusicBox Supper Club – Cleveland, OH Jun 10 – RibFest – Chicago, IL
Jul 8 – Court Square Summer Concert Series – Dallas, NC
Jul 16 – Sunset Sessions at Park Tavern, Atlanta, GA
Jul 21 – Sky City – Augusta, GA
Jul 22 – The Pour House – Charleston, SC
http://www.purevolume.com/news/PREMIERE-The-Whiskey-Gentry-If-You-Were-An-Astronaut

ALLMUSIC PREMIERES R.RING’S NEW “IGNITE THE REST” ALBUM!

Click here to listen to R. Ring’s debut studio LP ’Ignite the Rest’ via AllMusic!

Album Premiere: R. Ring, ‘Ignite the Rest’
By Chris Steffen
​Kelley Deal (the Breeders) and Mike Montgomery (the Ampline) team up for an set of often short, proudly-unpolished tracks on Ignite the Rest, their debut studio LP as R. Ring. Not beholden to any one style, the album features distorted rockers like “Salt” and “Cutter,” while exploring more atmospheric territory with “100 Dollar Heat” and “Elder Orphans in Heavy Chop.” Ignite the Rest is due out on April 28, and the band is on the road now.


http://www.allmusic.com/blog/post/album-premiere-r.-ring-ignite-the-rest

 

PUREVOLUME PREMIERES SWARMING BRANCH’S “DIAMONDS IN THE DISTANCE”!

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT SWARMING BRANCH’S NEW SINGLE “DIAMONDS IN THE DISTANCE” VIA PUREVOLUME

PREMIERE: Swarming Branch — “Diamonds in the Distance”

Swarming Branch is the duo of songwriter Andrew Graham and drummer Lon Leary. The Columbus-based musicians have an intricate sound that goes beyond the usual restrictions of being a tandem. This is best demonstrated on their latest single, “Diamonds in the Distance.” Featuring a funk-laden synth and groovy rhythms, the song a swerving barometer of what’s to come from the indie rock outfit.

“‘Diamonds in the Distance’ contrasts a number of malaise-ridden vignettes against a driving, near-disco beat,” Graham says. “We briefly touch on unrequited love, the new trappings of urban yuppie ‘cool,’ such as shopping at Whole Foods as a pseudo-political act, as well as the failure of social media to reflect real life. Throughout the song, music and dance are situated as therapeutic, grounding forces.

“Musically, ‘Diamonds in the Distance’ showcases the keyboard players, relying heavily on the interplay between Will Canzoneri’s Fender Rhodes and Dane Terry’s shimmering upright piano.”

Swarming Branch’s Surreal Number is out on May 26th via SofaBurn Records. Pre-order the vinyl and CD.

http://www.purevolume.com/news/PREMIERE-Swarming-Branch-Diamonds-in-the-Distance

 

GREAT NOISEY FEATURE ON PAUL COLLINS & HIS NEW ALBUM OF LONG-LOST GEMS!

NOISEY: Paul Collins, The King of 80s Power Pop Is Back
by Tim Scott

The frontman of the Paul Collins’ Beat discusses the reissue of two, long out of print records.

The Beat formed in 1979 by Paul Collins, drummer of Los Angeles power pop legends The Nerves, whose “Hanging On The Telephone” became a hit for Blondie.

The Beat’s 1979 self-titled debut album on Columbia continued in the vein of the Nerves and is considered one of power pops greats. Following their second album, 1981’s The Kids Are the Same, the band, now calling themselves Paul Collins’ Beat to avoid confusion with the UK ska band, splintered after they were dropped from their label.

They regrouped with a new lineup and harder sound for To Beat Or Not To Beat. Recorded in New York in 1983, it featured the single “All Over The World” that was played regularly on legendary Los Angeles station KROQ. Another EP Long Time Gone was released in 1985.

Paul recalls the days fondly, “I remember getting an $800 royalty check for “All Over The World” when I was living in San Francisco so I went out and bought a used green Datsun B210! I would always hum “All Over The World” as I drove up and down all those hills in SF!”

Long out of print, Long Time Gone and To Beat Or Not To Beat, have recently been re-issued on Lolipop Records.

READ THE WHOLE FEATURE HERE:
https://noisey.vice.com/en_au/article/paul-collins-the-king-of-80s-power-pop-is-back

NEW NOISE MAGAZINE PREMIERES LEFT LANE CRUISER’S NEW TRACK!

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT LEFT LANE CRUISER’S NEW SONG “THE POINT IS OVER FLOWING” VIA NEW NOISE MAGAZINE!

Song Premiere: Left Lane Cruiser – “The Point Is Over Flowing”

We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Left Lane Cruiser’s new song “The Point Is Over Flowing” (listen below). The track is taken from the band’s upcoming album Claw Machine Wizard, which is scheduled to be released on May 19th through Alive Naturalsound Records. You can pre-order the album here.

Left Lane Cruiser frontman Freddy J Evans IV comments:

“There’s a town up in Wisconsin we play a lot. It’s called Stevens Point. It’s got an awesome downtown square where all the bars are located. When the sun goes down and them bars fill up, the point is overflowin’. Small town but a big party. We wrote this tune for our friends Steve and Eve, the couple who owns the bar we play at in Stevens Point called The Brickhause. My first time playing there I asked Steve for a big whiskey ‘n water. He dumped about a fifth of Beam in a pitcher, splashed some water on it, and said ‘here ya go.’ When I finished it during the middle of our set, he brought me another one. We love this bar. Steve also breathes fire while he’s tending bar. When we get to rockin’, he’ll come out from behind the bar, pour this flammable liquid all over the stage and the drum kit, and light us up.

One night we was rockin’ at The Brickhause. Me and Pete was just jammin’ around in the middle of the set. Suddenly we locked onto this groove. The crowd was diggin’ it. We stopped and hit record on my phone. Pete told the crowd we was gonna count to 3 and if they shouted out ‘Stevens Point’ then we would put this jam on the new record. And that’s what we did. That’s what you hear on the intro. This song was written that night, with that crowd, at The Brickhause in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.”

Left Lane Cruiser Tour Dates:
May 11 – Stevens Point, WI at The Brickhause
May 12 – North Mankato, MN at Nakato Bar
May 14 – Minneapolis, MN at The Hook and Ladder
May 19 – Indiana, PA at The Brown Hotel
May 20 – Florence, MA at 13th Floor Music Lounge
May 21 – Lexington, MA at Lexington Battle Green BBQ Fest
June 2 – Brown County, IN at Muddy Roots Spring Weekender
June 8 – Toronto, Canada at Dakota Tavern
June 23 – Steamboat Springs, CO at Moe’s BBQ
June 24 – Fort Collins, CO at Choice City Stomp
July 12 – Fort Wayne, IN at Three Rivers Festival
July 22 – Riegsee, Germany at Raut Oak Fest
September 1 – 4 – Cookeville, TN at Muddy Roots Music Festival

AMERICAN SONGWRITER PREMIERES DANIEL MARTIN MOORE’S NEW SINGLE

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO DANIEL MARTIN MOORE’S LOVELY NEW SINGLE “TURNED OVER TO DREAMS” VIA AMERICAN SONGWRITER

Daniel Martin Moore Considers Consciousness On “Turned Over To Dreams”
Written By Brittney McKenna

Lullabies typically aren’t thought of with the same level of seriousness reserved for more traditional songs. On his forthcoming album Turned Over To Dreams, though, Kentucky songwriter Daniel Martin Moore is setting out to prove that lullabies can be just as affecting and listenable as their daytime counterparts.

The album’s title track takes the best elements of a lullaby — a soothing melody, a comforting message — and seamlessly blends them with the careful songwriting and subtly complex musicianship for which Moore has come to be known.

“I think about this a lot,” Moore explains. “We don’t know what dreams are, or why sleep happens as it does. But we know they are important, and I love that every culture on the globe has lullabies, that wishing others — and helping them — to have soothing rest and good dreams is a human constant. We don’t wonder what wakefulness is while we’re sleeping; the analyzing part of us takes a break. Sleep and dreams are fascinating because they both make it clear that we don’t understand all that much about the nature of our consciousness. We’re very much along for the ride, doing our best, moving as carefully as we’re able at any given time.”

Turned Over To Dreams is out July 7.
https://americansongwriter.com/2017/05/daniel-martin-moore-considers-consciousness-turned-dreams/

  • Tour Dates

    • 08/23/17 JEREMY PINNELL in Bakersfield CA at El Conquistador Music Experience
    • 08/24/17 JEREMY PINNELL in San Francisco, CA at Hemlock Tavern
    • 08/25/17 JEREMY PINNELL in Portland, OR at Landmark Saloon
    • 08/26/17 JEREMY PINNELL in Seattle WA at Sunset Tavern
    • 08/29/17 JEREMY PINNELL in Boise ID at Pengilly’s Saloon
    • 08/31/17 CRACKER & CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN in Pioneertown, CA at Pappy & Harriet’s
    • 08/31/17 JEREMY PINNELL in Fort Collins CO at Moe’s Original BBQ

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