The best folk storytellers are always able pull a listener deep into their narrative tales to really let you feel like you can fully identify with their protagonists. The music of Justin Jones follows in such footsteps. His warm, solid voice and songwriting are steeped in country and soul traditions that convey a deeply personal emotion. Whether autobiographical or not, the songs certainly feel that way.
Tending to fall somewhere in between Gram Parsons and Townes Van Zandt — with soul and bluegrass undertones — Jones’ songs blend in tales of love, life, and faith. His band The Driving Rain tightly backs up their man, with the gentle whirl of the leslie sweetening up each of these songs. Jones is placing his Virginia stamp on Washington, DC, setting out to remind folks of some of the country greats that regularly played this town once upon a time. The band will be playing two nights this weekend at Rock n’ Roll Hotel, on Friday with the Jackfields and Mother, and again on Saturday night with Olivia Mancini & The Housemates and The Moderate.