The death of Sharon Jones left a gaping hole in the retro-soul/funk scene, but I’m hoping Durand Jones & The Indications might be one of the acts to step up and help fill it.
Durand Jones was raised in Hillaryville, Louisiana, where he sang traditional gospel in the choir at the local Baptist church, studied classical music, and played saxophone in his high school jazz band. He came to Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and met his now bandmates Aaron Frazer (drums, vocals), Blake Rhein (guitars), Kyle Houpt (bass), and Justin Hubler who were then members of the promising project, Charlie Patton’s War.
Intrigued by Jones, Rhein convinced him to front Charlie Patton’s War for a basement show. It was a grand success and Durand Jones & The Indications were born.
The band’s self-titled debut was released mid-last year, and it spans the gauntlet of Southern soul and Delta blues. You can expect grit and grooves, heartache and disappointment, funky and hard driving, and raw vocals that showcase range and emotion.
The band is touring throughout March, with dates in Chicago, Daytrotter Downs Festival, Bloomington and SXSW, so if you’re nearby, you should make seeing them a priority.
Durand Jones & The Indications full album stream:
1. Make A Change (0:00)
2. Smile (3:29)
3. Can’t Keep My Cool (7:18)
4. Groovy Babe (11:37)
5. Giving Up (14:50)
6. Is It Any Wonder? (19:58)
7. Now I’m Gone (24:35)
8. Tuck ‘n’ Roll (30:13)
Durand Jones & The Indications On Tour: (more…)