Jacob Jones Calls on Ray Charles Fans to “Play It Loud”

When East Nashville’s Jacob Jones shouts “Play it loud, Ray!” keep in mind he’s referring to the late Ray Charles. And if Charles could hear Jones’ swinging tribute, he’d likely yell back “You got it, man!” With blasting horns and a jiving piano, Jones distills a cacophony of American styles — much like Charles did — into a sound that feels simple and timeless. From New Orleans Dixieland to Memphis boogie and Nashville country, it’s all here. Then the Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard adds her sandpaper vocals to the chorus, and somehow everything holds together. Check out this stream of “Play It Loud, Ray!” from Jones’ upcoming album, Good Timin’ in Waynetown, and make sure to turn it up.

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