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Mardi Gras and the Spring hereafter 

After holidaze, comes carnival time in New Orleans!  Phew!  Good times though, and no snow (sorry, East Coast friends, we like our Southern winters). 
Although we're not necessarily "doing" mardi gras this year, we've got fun stuff coming up post-mardi gras, and in New Orleans proper :)

Saturday, February 13th - 2nd Saturday series at LA46  8pm
RSVP on Facebook here -  https://www.facebook.com/events/1646774465589602/
 

Sunday, February 28th - Rock & Roll Marathon - 7:15am - 10:40am.
We're so excited to…

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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

Home: Vol. 1 - Review by The Alternate Root 

Sweet Jones (from the album Home: Vol. 1) - Sweet Jones was a result of Hurricane Katrina. Matthew DeOrazio was in Austin retreating and recovering from the storm when he met Melissa at a gig. The New Orleans-based couple record as Sweet Jones, with the recently-released E.P., Home: Vol. 1, as a calling card for their music. Blues hovers a little above the songs on Home: Vol. 1, like the spirits hearing “Welcome Home” as they head towards the hopes of better days. The stories on the album sway with aRead 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

New Orleans show! What?! 

I know it's been a very long spell since we played in New Orleans...what with all the recording and then touring :)  good times abound.

We're playing at Banks Street Bar Thursday, Sept. 10th at 9pm.
This show is part of the WTUL ABC night in collaboration with Milo Records.  (ABC = Americana/Blues/Country).

Also, tune in to WTUL 91.5  on Saturday, Sept. 5th at 12:30pm.  We'll be performing on the air!  :)

We'd love to see y'all there...FUN!
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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. 

In radio news, Home: Vol. 1…Read more

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

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