Brian Ashley Jones is a soulful singer, acclaimed guitarist, and versatile touring songwriter whose guitar-driven Blues and Country tunes have been featured in film, television and radio and have been recorded by Greg Humphries, Hudson K, Donna Hopkins, Diane Michel, Christian Elvestad, Doug Jones and other performing artists. Originally from Upstate South Carolina and a longtime resident of East Nashville, TN, Brian performs internationally at festivals, concert series, clubs, and music education programs.
Jones’ guitar chops and relentless touring earned him a nomination for Best American Roots Guitar Player in the Alternate Root’s 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards. Brian has accompanied a diverse batch of artists on stage and in the recording studio including Grammy Award winning songwriter Jon Vezner, Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame inductee Jerry Foster, Kimberley Dahme of the iconic rock band Boston, Eric Heatherly, Kate Purcell (Ireland), Caroline Aiken, Alice Wallace, Thom Shepherd, Sara Hickman, Donna Hopkins, David Gans (Grateful Dead Hour), Corinne West, Doug Jones, Donovan Roberts, Jeff Black, Diane Durrett, Ralph Roddenbery, Deep Blue Sun, Celeste Krenz, Wyatt Easterling, and Spuyten Duyvil.
Jones’ 3rd CD of original songs entitled Out Of The City features collaborations with Jonell Mosser, Suzi Ragsdale, Ike Stubblefield, Kevin McKendree, and more!
Brian’s 2007 release, Courier, made the Top 40 of the Roots Music Report, broke the Top 100 of the Americana Music Association’s album chart, and has received widespread commercial, college, public, and international radio play. The swampy instrumental “Pull ’em Up” has been featured in the widely acclaimed PBS television series “Road Trip Nation” and “Free To Miss You” has been featured in the British ITV2 network television show “Amanda Holden’s Fantasy Lives”.
What people are saying!
“…an excellent guitarist and thoughtful singer-songwriter” – Jack Silverman, Nashville Scene
"Brian's new CD is a master class on how to play the guitar” – James Soars, Maverick Magazine, Kent, England
“…a stellar guitar player, lyricist and songwriter… Brian’s live show is a must see!” – Tom Tranchilla, KPFT, Houston, TX.
“…intelligent… clever… a monster on guitar.” – Janet Hans, Urban Campfires Concert Series, San Antonio, TX.
Please share a story that includes a happy memory as an artist and has made a huge impact on your artistry.
Several years ago my band did a series of dates opening for Delbert McClinton. Being accepted and encouraged by his fanbase and musicians certainly had an impact on me. How do you choose to lead a Happy Healthy life as an artist?
I've found that, for me, eating well and getting plenty of sleep is crucial. I'm also getting better at taking some down time to relax and recuperate from my busy schedule. Who did you learn from to instill those values?
I've certainly learned from being around other healthy and happy people. I also try to be self aware and listen to what my body and mind are telling me. Was it hard work to make sure that you focused on your well-being and not only your art?
Yes. That is something i'm getting better at but it hasn't always come naturally to me. It's easy to get wrapped up in making a living and to ignore one's own well-being. It takes a daily effort. Was there a turning point of how you decided to put yourself first?
In my case it's been a gradual progression. How do you like to promote a healthy lifestyle?
I tend to just let people notice and inquire about my healthy habits and then I'm happy to tell them the difference my dietary and lifestyle changes have made for me. In what ways are you connecting with fans to check in on each other?
I stay pretty active on social media and I also make time to speak with people before and after my performances. I find those conversations to be extremely valuable. Who checks in on YOU when you need it most?
I'm fortunate to have great friends who check in regularly! Changing habits can be hard. Which was the habit that you had to change and how it's changed your life now?
Dietary changes have been the most impactful for me. Eliminating certain foods and beverages through trial and error has made a huge difference! Is there a song, book, movie, show, or anything that always gives you the motivation you need?
I certainly enjoy reading and listening to music but typically find my motivation is internal. I want to play and sing as much as I can, while I can. What is the mantra of 2022?!
Onward and upward! Give all the inside scoop on your latest project!
I've just recorded a new song with a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee! I'm beyond excited about it and can't wait to share it with the world! We want to thank you for joining us here and are so excited about what we see from you next! Leave us with your socials!!