“Glenn Jones has a powerful voice so full of heart that it commands your attention, with deeply moving, sometimes haunting real-life songwriting that spurs deep emotions. Like summer rain pounding hard on a tin roof, this modern day crooner has a driving guitar style that can’t be ignored. Once you experience him live, it will be hard not to love the man and his music; he’s the real deal! “ – Terry Rader, contributing writer for Yes! Weekly and Everything Music – The Triad Scene
Glenn Jones is a well-traveled songwriter/singer/musician/storyteller/performer based in Chapel Hill, NC. Born in Chester PA, Glenn has been a rolling stone most of his life, and lived five places before graduating from high school in Greensboro NC, birthing a restless nature that endures to this day. His music-obsessed late older brother Davy Jones (punk rock Austin TX iconic guitarist) great music of all kinds for Glenn, starting around age 6, and taught him his first chords on guitar.
His first paid public gig was on bass and lead vocals for Eclipse in Tamaqua, PA, having just turned 13. In small town coal country PA, Friday night was the night that almost every corner had a fire station, VFW, or ethnic club had music and dancing, and the band stayed hopping. Thrown in the fire early and often, Glenn learned bass, guitar, lead vocals, and how to entertain fast and well. Glenn was a music weekend warrior through high school, and lasted a couple of years at UNC before dropping out to go full time with glam rockers Ezra. Stints included The Suspects (NC power pop trio), The Buttondowns (London, UK), and many others.
With a wife and two young kids to support, Glenn eventually entered the corporate world and tried to live the straight life, working his way up the ladder, eventually getting his law license. But all of his energy and time seemed to go to the three and four nights a week still gigging, mostly solo acoustic in the Baltimore area, and filling notebooks with song ideas and working them out live in the bars. Playing in a Graham Parsons tribute sparked a love affair with twang that never let up and burns stronger now than ever; it felt like coming home. Some influences in Glenn’s writing are Kris Kristofferson, Guy Clark, Lucinda, and Steve Earle, along with a thousand others. 2012’s self-produced effort, More Songs About Girls and Beer, on which Glenn plays most of the tracks (guitar, bass, all vocals, sax), one can hear the hard rocker slowly moving into more thoughtful and twangier avenues.
The stress of a long-time double life, and the booze needed to smooth it all over, finally led to the crash – career, marriage, house in Metrowest MA, the works, gone in a blink. Waking up in an ER hours from home, knowing he’d been a few heartbeats away from gone, and days immobilized, with nothing but thinking to do, led Glenn to vow to devote the rest of his time on earth, however long or short, to living a life full of music and writing.
2016’s release, the loose song cycle of The Drunkard’s Suite, chronicles that time in 13 songs. In “This World”, the CD ends on a note of redemption and hope.
After 15 years of exile in the northeast wilderness, he’s now back home in his beloved Chapel Hill, NC, writing, singing, collaborating, and belting ’em out in clubs, listening room, and anywhere there’s a mic and a stage.
In addition to regular solo acoustic original performances, Glenn is a talented electric and upright bassist. Currently doing duty as bassist/vocalist for the Peter Holsapple Combo (with long-time Steve Earle and the Dukes drummer Will Rigby), all-star vocal trio The Goodloves (with Emma Davis and Nashville vet Nancy Middleton), and with hit country songwriter Wyatt Easterling.
Currently recording his third CD at Blastdaddy Studios with veteran producer Sync (working title: Ready for the Good Times), a February 2019 release is planned, with the first single, Ain’t No Lonely, coming soon! Ready has a more straight-ahead country feel than the first two. 90+ dates in 2017, and a handful of 2018 UK dates, whetted Glenn’s appetite for touring; plans are under way to spend most of 2019 out promoting Ready for the Good Times. Don’t miss this hard-working, original voice and entertainer.