banks of Buffalo Creek, WV, Stone Jack Jones is the descendant of four
generations of coal miners. After being rejected from military service
in Vietnam due to epilepsy, and discouraged from pursuing the coal
mining business, Jack decided to start wandering. By the time he landed
in Nashville, where he met Roger Moutenot, Patty Griffin, and Kurt
Wagner, Jack had worked as a carny, an escape artist, a ballet dancer, a
professional lute player, and even owned a late night performance
art club in Atlanta.
Moutenot (known for his work with Yo La Tengo, Sleater Kinney, They
Might Be Giants, and many other incredible artists) and features
collaborations with Patty Griffin, members of Lambchop, and Courtney
Tidwell. The tales on Ancestor distill Jack’s lifetime of experience
into songs that use the esoteric narratives of an American rambler to
elucidate the celestial worlds within each of us
the album patiently explores the hardness of the coal mines, the
mystery of suicide, the comfort of a dog’s acceptance, the idea that
forgetting all you know can be the first step towards hearing and
reconnecting with your muse, and one man’s gratitude for the love he’s
been given and the life he’s had the chance to live.
languid, moving none too fast, there’s alcohol and rope in the air.
There ought to be a place, a bar, or barn, where this music plays from
p.a. suspended in the middle of the room like those ones they used in
the civil defense strapped to polls in the neighborhoods of the 60s,
50s…Fan shaped horns arranged in a center cluster…there’s nostalgic
allusion and ghostly nods to a world only Jack knows, and perhaps his
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