Jim Jones | The West: Then...Now...Next

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The West: Then...Now...Next

by Jim Jones

Contemporary Western/folk music that tells great stories about the past, present and future of the American West.
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1. That's What Cowboys Do
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2. Power in the Wind
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3. She Can't Do That
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4. Someday Soon
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5. Livin' Try
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6. Skeleton Canyon
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7. All My Trails Lead Home
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8. These Cowboy Boots
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9. Whiskeytown
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10. Diggin' Billy
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11. The Outlaw Dream
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12. Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way
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13. Another Page
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14. Long May You Ride
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Getting somewhere! It's fair to say that's what "The West:Then...Now...Next" is really about. The songs concern themselves with different eras of, events from and hopes for our great West. But within each song lies its own movement...from point launched to point reached, point raised to point made. Originally a concept album stemming from Jim's orientation toward "reporting" on things Western, our writing took its own course and other songs magically appeared that fit right in. Jim Jones draws inspiration from many sources, including his desire to provide life lessons and his ingrained respect for doing things the Cowboy Way. However, it's Jim's creativity in crafting his songs and his ability to deliver them that makes his a unique voice in contemporary Western Music. It also makes him great fun to work with! We were proud to have earned a #1 Power Source Western chart song in September '05 with the title tune from our last CD release, and Jim Jones and I are equally proud to offer you his newest in "The West:Then...Now...Next!" Now let's hope we're all "getting somewhere" we want to be! Rick Huff, co-producer, Albuquerque, 2006

Jim Jones is a native Texan who headed West to live in New Mexico in 1991. He is a two-time finalist in the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Songwriting Competition and has produced fifteen albums of his own and others' music along with three award-winning children's character education musisc videos. Jim lives in Corrales, New Mexico with his wife, teenage daughter and dog. When not writing, recording or performing music, Jim tries to find as much time as possible for riding horses, fly fishing, skiing and camping.


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Darrell Arnold, Cowboy Magazine

This is one you'll listen to again and again.
Jim Jones sings in a strong melodious tenor and nine of these songs he wrote or co-wrote himself. Teaming up with Jim on several cuts are Kip Calahan, Rick Huff, Andy Hedges and Jim's daughter, Adrianne Morrow-Jones. There's a nice mixture of contemplative, lively and whimsical songs on this collection. This is one you'll listen to again and again. Darrell Arnold, Cowboy Magazine

Elena Smith

Super !
This is a CD I'll listen to often. Lyrics that I understand and can relate to. Jim Jones has great, strong voice. I LIKE it!!!!

Marvin O'Dell, Classic Heartland Radio

The variety of this project keeps it fresh throughout, making it a real listener
Creative songwriting, Jim's stylistic vocals and the introduction of Adrianne Morrow-Jones combine to make this one of the best Western releases of 2006. Pure cowboy throughout, "The West: Then...Now...Next" is an exciting historic ride, a look at present day bronc-ridin' adventures and woes and an optimistic glimpse down the trail that lies ahead. The variety of this project keeps it fresh throughout, making it a real listener's treat. Marvin O'Dell, Around the Campfire, Classic Heartland Radio

Bernard Boyat, Le Cri du Coyote, France

I'm nostalgic after all this and I'm going to watch an old John Wayne film.
Some say that nothing lasts forever, my good sir, even the Old West. It is therefore reassuring to find that there are still singers who haven't forgotten. Jim Jones (no, not the organizer of the mass suicide in Guyana), born in Texas and New Mexican by adoption, is one of the latter in a style that's a little folk/bluegrass mixed with Western ballads. There are certainly ballads here, of which "Someday Soon" is the most successful. You'll also find two light little hillbilly bops, "She Can't Do That" and "Diggin' Billy," the last one half-spoken, half-sung, and two selections which would make good background music for a Western film: "Skeleton Canyon" and "Whiskeytown," which has a Celtic flavor. I'm nostalgic after this and I'm going to go watch an old John Wayne film.

Western Horseman/Kyle Partain

A well-rounded ode to cowboys and their lifestyles
The West: Then...Now...Next! is just that as Jim Jones and special guests team to offer Western stories of the past and present with a nod to the future. Mixing song and cowboy poetry, Jones' latest offering is a well-rounded ode to cowboys and the legends that often suround their lifestyle. Kyle Partain, Western Horseman Magazine

Emily Drabanski, New Mexico Magazine 5/2007

Jim Jones loves to tell modern-day stories about the "cowboy way."
Jim Jones of Corrales, NM loves to tell modern-day stories about the "cowboy way" through his songs. His strong, crisp vocals easily carry these straightforward lyrics over his steady melodies on this CD. Jones also weaves a delicate tapestry of sound by playing multiple instruments. Yep, that's him on acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, harmonica, tin whistle, saloon piano, bass, Indian drum and rattles. He's also wrangled in a number of other talented vocalists for harmonies and musicians to play dobro, fiddle, upright bass and accordion. In addition to his own sincere and poignant ballads and his spirited and catchy uptempo tunes, Jones has done a great job of interpreting several songs by other composers. His wife and daughter provide warm harmonies on Ian Tyson's "Someday Soon" and his vocals on Allan Chapman's "These Cowboy Boots" fit the lyrics like well-worn leather.

O.J. Sikes, The Western Way; Ropeburns

If you enjoy contemporary Western music, this CD is for you.
It wasn't hard to pick a favorite song from this CD. When I heard the verse in That's What Cowboys Do about the cowboy who taught his brother-in-law that wife abuse was something cowboys DON'T do, I thought I'd found it for sure. But then I heard These Cowboy Boots, composed by Hoot Al Chapman and Jim's duet with Kip Calahan on Long May You Ride...sensational!
Rick Huff has been a Jim Jones fan from the get go but on the occasion of this album, Rick went further. He jumped right into the fray, writing or co-writing 3 songs and wouldn't you know it, two of them, The Outlaw Dream and Diggin' Billy, became instant favorites as well.
Jim has a unique sound. As you know, that's one characteristic of contemporary Western music that separates it from today's country fare...you can tell who the singers are when you hear a Western song! If you enjoy contemporary Western music, this CD is for you. O.J. Sikes, The Western Way, Ropeburns