Stacy Jones,
Love is Everywhere
(independent, 2017)

Roots artist Stacy Jones is another of those West Coast phenomenons who are creating a blues-based music that includes elements of soul, folk, country and rock into a blend that is simultaneously classic and new and can best be described as Americana.

Jones, who plays both acoustic and electric slide guitar, dobro, harmonica and keyboards on the album, as well as writing 10 of the 11 songs, is a pretty astonishing talent and has fashioned quite a showcase for herself here. Her backing band -- Jeff Mentner on guitar, Rick Bowen on drums and her father, Tom Jones, on bass -- create a series of perfect grooves on which Jones' leads float.

The nice thing about Love is Everywhere is that you really don't know what is coming next. "Can't Find Love," a rocker, is followed by "Stomp Jump Boogie," an instrumental featuring guest artist Lee Oscar on harmonica, and that song is followed by the power ballad "Can't You be Mine?" The folky, country-blues numbers "Gotta Get Over You" and "Tough Girls Never Cry" reveal the range that Jones possesses.

Stacy Jones' career has been building steadily from her Northwest base. Love is Everywhere ought to add some more momentum.

music review by
Michael Scott Cain

5 August 2017

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