Our options for live music have thinned down a bit in the last few weeks. We had Spencer’s Corner unexpectedly going under, the original Moon Bar has been sacrificed to a perceived need for more taco real estate (the new moon has yet to open), and the City of Fort Worth has bypassed the constitution to outlaw street musicians. Lucky for us, one of Fort Worth’s best street performers also plays the indoor stage. On Saturday night at Mambos we had episode 2 of The Good Show Web Lounge (sponsored by DFW.COM and FM 88.7 The Choice) featuring Jody Jones and Taylor Craig Mills.
The show is webcast, and Tony Diaz and Tom Urquhart transform Mambos into a slightly more elegant and refined venue – which I totally spoiled by ordering a big plate of nachos. Ok, so I may have screwed up a camera shot of the nice table cloths and the candles, but Mambos has the best Nacho’s in Funkytown – it’s a sacrilege not grab to an order while you’re there.
The headliner, Taylor Craig Mills, is one of my favorite musicians, and it is always a pleasure to see him perform. But on Saturday, Jody Jones owned the stage. We’re talking acoustic folk – with powerful vocals and a first-rate finger picked acoustic guitar that went from subtle and intricate to thunderous and dramatic at the drop of a hat. These are original songs that Jody often works out as a street performer.
“It was a way for me to break out of the norm, “ said Jones “and the indoctrinated mentality that is so prevalent for so many people these days. Getting to play music or write lyrics is just an opportunity for you to express yourself and express your unique point of view.”
Jody Jones is talented, but more importantly he is passionate and honest. Recently, Jones has been splitting his time between music and the Occupy Fort Worth protest.
“There’s an enormous amount of public debate that’s happening now in this country that hasn’t happened in 30 years.” Said Jones, “What’s wrong with that? It’s about an awakening from the apathetic mindset that’s been so prevalent in our society. “
Perhaps my favorite song of the evening was an original that Jones performed called 17. The song was written about his girlfriend’s younger brother, who came to live with the couple after dropping out of high school following years of neglect and emotional abuse. With people who believed in him he was able to go on to college and now has a plan for his life.
As for jones, his plan is simply to continue to play and record music. He’s built a studio in his back yard (literally, he built the building it’s in) and will be releasing an album, but he’s over the big rock star aspirations.
“I think when I was younger;” said Jones, “ I kind of had this grand ambition, this vision of what it will all be. As I’ve gotten a little bit older I’m glad it hasn’t become that. I’d love to be on national tour, but I’d like to be doing 300 seat theaters and playing a lot of folk festivals.”