Review - Honky Tonk Deluxe
Mark Jones and Jonesville
Honky Tonk Deluxe
By Glenn Weiser
Recorded live in the studio, the self-produced Honky Tonk Deluxe
is Jones’ second CD and offers 13 tracks of authentic old-school
country. There are only two covers here; all the rest are Jones
originals that sound as though they could have blared from barroom
jukeboxes back when Harry Truman was president.
Then there’s Jones’ band, Jonesville. Local steel-guitar king Kevin Maul can seamlessly switch between dobro to lap steel to pedal steel as the moment demands, and Jay Byrd Goreleski’s girlie-pinup-decorated upright bass effortlessly lays down the groove. Guesting on the record is Peter Bearup, who adds tasty Telecaster twang and acoustic backing to the mix. Together they give great honky-tonk.
On the first track, “Baby, I Got to Go,” the band slap down a
strutting groove, and Jones’ tenor is better than I’ve ever heard it as
he sings of splitting town and his lady love as he heads for the next
gig. Maul’s soloing is on the money. The third track, “Cadillac 8,” is a
swingy instrumental that starts with a boogie riff by Jones, and on
“Blue Moon of Kentucky,” Jones revisits Bill Monroe’s bluegrass classic,
adding a fresh interpretation of the tune to the list started by Elvis.
Honky Tonk Deluxe is pure country gold, and should win Jones
many new fans. ©2011 by Glenn Weiser.
All rights reserved.
©2011 by Glenn Weiser. All rights reserved.
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