Stacy Jones review…July 22, 2017…

STACY JONES

LOVE IS EVERYWHERE

MOJO POTION 61 AND 49–WAIT FOR HEAVEN–CAN’T FIND LOVE–STOMP JUMP BOOGIE–CAN’T YOU BE MINE–I FELL IN LOVE–LOVE IS EVERYWHERE–ONE STOP LIGHT–GOTTA GET OVER YOU–TOUGH GIRLS NEVER CRY–I’LL BE ON MY WAY

Stacy Jones set out to make a blues-and-roots-themed album with “Love Is Everywhere,” and she did just that.  With her many accolades as a songwriter in her home state of Washington, this set will likely add to those kudos.  And, it also shows a side of her that many may not know exists—her multi-instrumentalist talents are all over this one, as she is on vocals, guitar, piano, B-3, and even the harp!

The set begins, literally, down at the Crossroads, as a second-line beat propels the ghostly story of a woman “who was a looker,” but who took the advice of the Hoodoo Man, and drank of the “Mojo Potion 61 And 49,” and “never was the same again!”  “Wait For Heaven” is a powerful, guitar-laden message of hope following the death of a friend in a house fire, while Mike Marinig’s sax and flute add an ethereal vibe to the Stax-soul flavor of “Can’t You Be Mine.”

Her nods to the Americana genre’ are evident in the tale of “Tough Girls Never Cry,” evoking memories of Lucinda Williams, and the humorous tale of going to any lengths to forget a lover, “Gotta Get Over You.”  And, the incomparable War veteran, Lee Oskar, adds his mighty harp to the fervent instrumental, “Stomp Jump Boogie.”

We had three favorites, all different, showcasing Stacy’s exemplary writing talents.  The mile-a-minute, call-and-response  of “One Stop Light” is straight-up dance floor boogie.  The set closes almost in the same place that it began, with the Delta-by-way-of-706-Union, Sun-splashed choogle of “I’ll Be On My Way.”  And, perhaps the set’s most powerful cut is the title track,  written after the Orlando tragedy, as a tribute to the fallen and an empowerment to those left behind to carry on.

Stacy Jones comes at you straight from her soul.  She blends the blues easily with other genres,’ and crafts a heartfelt set of songs that will add to her ever-expanding fan base.  As another great band once said, “People can you feel it—Love Is Everywhere!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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