It’s all about the songs. Along Came Jones play the songs of Dennis Finnegan and Johny Blood, two musicians who have been writing together since they met working at a music festival in Wyoming in the 1990s. Finnegan/Blood write songs in a style informed by a century of popular music tradition. Appropriately enough, Along Came Jones’ debut performance was at a record store. The band’s collective musical experience and interests are a journey through 20th century music: traditional folk and blues, old-school pop, 60s-psychedelic and classic country, with a chaser of R&B and jazz.
The members of Along Came Jones have played with such diverse performers as Tom Waits, Fred Frith, Magnetic Fields, and Arturo O'Farrill, to name but a few. Their latest recording, Waving Goodbye, is the rootsy side of the Along Came Jones experience: twelve original compositions exploring Mississippi blues, Old school country, rockabilly, gospel, and a quick trip to New Orleans. There are songs of travel and loss; hope and regret, lost friends, long happy nights; birds and preachers. You'll find yourself in church or at a honky-tonk, in Nashville, Bakersfield, New Orleans, Chicago, or Memphis. Mostly though, you'll hear the sounds of home, sweet home - Oakland, CA.
Here are a few of the tracks from their first 2 recordings: Along Came Jones & Waving Goodbye