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Tour Time Update - New Mexico 

Life on the road, we have to be flexible and roll with the breeze.  Changes happen, miscommunications misfire, and other opportunities arise.  And we rise to the occasion.
Here's the latest calendar happenings...

June 29 - 7pm - Taos Mesa Brewing Taos, NM   

July 1 - 7:30pm - Blue Grasshopper - Rio Rancho, NM  (upgraded to 7:30 time slot!)
Awesome brewery and brick oven pizza joint, along with music...join us! It will be our first time in Rio Rancho :) 
  
July 2 - 3pm - Santa Fe Wine Fest - Santa Fe, NM 
   

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Tour Time - New Mexico plus cancellations 

Happy Solstice!
We head out tonight, to Texas, for the 4th wedding of this summer.

Sadly, my (Melissa's) grandmother passed away and the funeral services are this weekend as well.  She was 89 years old, married to my grandad for 70 years.  She lived a full and blessed life; she had a generous heart and an unconditional way of making each person she encountered feel so special.  She passed on her musical genes to most of her children and grandchildren. 

We've cancelled our shows for White Rock in Dallas on…Read more

TOUR TIME - TEXAS AND NEW MEXICO 

TOUR TIME - just a couple weeks away now! 
TEXAS AND NEW MEXICO - Here's the basic run down of what we've got booked so far...check our calendar for more specifics. 
BUT...if there's a hole in our schedule and you have a place for us to play, we'd gladly join you in song and merriment.

Tour Dates - 
May 12 -  notsuoH - Houston, TX 
May13 - Sanchos - San Antonio 
May 19 - The Driskill Hotel - Austin, TX 
May 21 - Downtown Austin Farmers Market - Austin, TX 
May 22 - Lone Star Farmer Market - Bee Cave, TX 
May 27 - …

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Louisiana Music Factory Performance Video and New Photos 

Such a pleasure to be a part of the Louisiana Music Factory Free Concert Series! They've posted video from our performance featuring three songs. From Magnolia, You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone; from Home: Vol.1, I Remember Your Half Grin; and a new one which may be on Home: Vol.2 as yet to be recorded, called To Hell and Back. Big thanks to Barry and Linda and the rest of the crew at the Factory for being so supportive and giving the world a place to find Louisiana music!
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New videos, new review, plus a New Year! 

Mr. D. has been steady at the helm of iMovie the last few days, putting together new music videos for you!  Check out the first music video for Welcome Home (from our latest album, Home: Vol. 1), and 'Gypsy Blue' (Live at Maison Blues in Slidell).

Roots Music Report posted their review of Home: Vol. 1  Weeee!  Thanks Duane!


2016 starts off right, with a show on January 1st at Banks Street Bar.  We'll play just a quick 45 minute set from 7pm-7:45pm sharp.  This is for the Unite the Vibe Festival taking place…Read more

Gratitude time, a trip to Kentucky plus Slidell shows 

Coming up quick on Halloween and the end of daylight savings time.  Time to open the windows for that fresh, autumn air while it lasts; time to wash those heavier blankets and pull out a few sweaters.  Weeee!

Our next adventures -
Saturday, Nov. 21st at the Covington Farmers Market

For the first time, we'll be traveling for Thanksgiving!  Excited to visit with family in Lexington, KY for Thanksgiving. 

Friday, Nov. 27th at Common Grounds Coffee in Lexington, KY

Saturday, Nov. 28th at Yazoo Pass in Clarksdale, MS…Read more

Home: Vol. 1 and more touring! 

Autumn leaves blowing across the open road...So begins the first line of the first song on our first studio album (Magnolia 2012). 
Time flies when you're having fun!

We've re-tracked Melissa's vocals and re-mixed/re-mastered Home: Vol. 1.  We've now had it pressed and is now available on iTunes and Spotify.
For those of you who already have a copy, allow us to send you a download link for the updated version.
Or let us know if you'd like to order a new physical copy...there were some issues with proper titles…Read more

Live video from Taos Mesa Brewing now posted! 

Matt has been putting in the hours mixing and editing the sound recording and video from our show at Taos Mesa Brewing.  He's so multi-talented <3

We've got 5 songs from the night live on the video page now.
Now you can see and hear us with the awesome rhythm section we got to play with while we were in New Mexico - Johny Broomdust on upright bass and Jamie Russell on drums. 
Cheers and enjoy!

Being at Home for a hot spell 

We made it home from this amazing tour. 
4,870 miles in 26 days.  Epic!
Thanks so much to everyone along the way who made us feel so welcome and at home wherever we were.
The trip was amazing, we just fell in love with New Mexico.  We look forward to spending some time out there again, particularly when it's 102 degrees in Louisiana and we check with our Santa Fe and Taos friends and see that it's 25-30 degrees cooler.  Sigh.
Everywhere we played, the responses were really positive.  It's very encouraging :) 
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Radioland and post-tour notes 

We're coming to the end of this piece of the #homeVol1Tour and the journey has been amazing. So many new friends, much joy and gratitude for the kindness and for the amazing landscapes we've encountered. 
We look forward to returning to these new places strengthening the bonds. 
We also look forward to coming home and continuing the work on the Home volumes recordings. We've had a chance to flesh out some of the newer songs for volume 2, and be inspired for new songs for volume 3. 

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Official Press Release for Home: Vol. 1 

New Orleans Roots duo, Sweet Jones, takes their new EP ‘Home Vol. 1’ on the road.

The couple met at a gig in Austin, a post-Katrina love story set to music.  Melissa has family roots in TX and grew up in Austin; Matthew was retreating and recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  As two independent artists from divergent backgrounds, they felt compelled to merge their styles to create a sound more representative and ultimately more rewarding.   They have been performing together as Sweet Jones…Read more

New EP and Summer Southwest Tour Update 

I'll admit, we've been busier than ever, but not in the clubs with the usual gigs;
Busy on the home front - creating and crafting, listening, writing and revising, booking, visualizing.

Steadily we go on this new batch of songs!  We've decided to release multiple EP's instead of one long playing (LP) album. This way, we are able to compile groups of songs as they …Read more

Summer Southwest Tour 

Recording continues at Los DeOrazios studios, really pleased with the sounds we're getting now and the way the songs are shape-shifting.  We hope to have at least a short-run EP ready for summer.  


We're also in the midst of planning and booking our annual summer tour getaway - this time to Santa Fe.  We'll be performing at the Santa Fe Wine Festival July 4th weekend.  
Stops along the way include:  Clarksdale, MS; Memphis, TN; Norman, OK; various parts of TX and of course the Santa Fe/Taos/ABQ region.  We…Read more

NCIS in New Orleans, mini TX Tour, and music! 

The CBS TV show, NCIS: New Orleans premieres officially on Tuesday, September 23rd

Although El DeOrazio has been on pause from club gigs, the music has been on play and in full development at home in the studio.  El D will be posting new songs periodically as they come to life.  Click here to listen and enjoy!! 
As for new songs for Sweet Jones, those are also coming to life, but patience my friends, patience...you may get to here a few at some live shows though.

mini TX Tour -
We're headed to Shreveport and…Read more

Post tour good times and looking ahead 

We're happy to have been away, and grateful to be back home. Thanks so much to all the amazing people we met along the way, the family and friends we got to spend quality time with, and much thanks to our local friends & neighbors holding down the fort.

Come hang with us tomorrow night at the Beatnik 1638 Clio (former Bigtop) New Orleans.  Show starts at 9pm, we're opening for our friends Laugh in the Dark. 

Looking ahead, we're playing at a few other new-to-us, fun spots...join us for the last days of summer…Read more

Tour-Land - July 2014 - East Coast 

Vacation life and tour-land begins officially tomorrow! We're thrilled and super grateful to take a good piece of time off from our usual routines and get our highway miles on. Tomorrow evening, we'll be just a short drive over from New Orleans in Ocean Springs at the FireFly Tavern. Then Monday morning, we begin our journey toward Va Beach, stopping first in Atlanta and then Winston-Salem. Our calendar is up to date here we'll be keeping up on FB as well, likely posting a little something daily. Happy… Read more

Summer Shows and East Coast adventures 

April and May have just completely evaporated!  We've been staying busy while summer is on the fast track to greet us.We're in the midst of planning our annual road trip tour, this time out to Virginia Beach and back in July.  Excited!
We have a few dates set up so far and waiting to hear back about a few more.  It takes time and multiple/frequent visits to break into new towns.  At this stage, we're just happy for the travels, experience, and meeting new people along the way, regardless of whether we fill…Read more