A Band of Jones was formed in 2014 by brothers Ryan(drums) and Justin Hill(bass) and their first cousin John Spears(guitar/vocals). The guys grew up in a north Mississippi Apostolic Pentecostal church where they learned to play old hymns and standards by ear. Once in their teens, the trio branched out into other genres including contemporary Christian and Christian Rock. In fact, the guys’ first musical endeavor was in the mid-2000’s as a Christian Rock band covering songs from Third Day, Audio Adrenaline, and Dc Talk among others as well as some original material John had began writing.
After a handful of shows, the fellas stopped playing and focused on their personal lives. Each of them got married and started families and careers. Although the guys remained close, it wasn’t until 2014 that the trio came back together; this time to record a garage demo of a few country songs that John had written. The guys decided to call themselves A Band of Jones, as an ode to the trio’s grandparents. However, after a couple of shows and a 5 song homemade EP, the guys once again went on hiatus to focus on other things.
In 2016, after getting some traction with his original songs on social media including having a few songs recorded by other artists, John decided to call on the guys again. Ryan Hill once again agreed to play drums, however bassist Justin Hill was unable to commit due to family and career obligations. Enter Clifton, TN native, Charlie Dicus.
Charlie, a reputable bassist, had been working at a local music store in Savannah, TN that happened to host a Songwriter event that John took part in. It was there that John and Charlie became acquainted. After a couple of impromptu jam sessions at the store, John approached Charlie about playing bass in the band. He agreed and A Band of Jones was back in business.
The band released their first single, “High at Home”, in 2018. Then in 2019, after adding Bradley Crawford(guitar) and Luke Braudway(guitar/vocals) to the lineup, the guys recorded their debut EP at Farmhouse Studio in Moscow, TN. The EP was released in Sept 2020 and featured the singles “Strait Time” and “Good as Gold” which both garnered local attention and radio play, as well as a Live from Farmhouse version of “Room at the Cross” which has become a fan favorite.
In February 2021, the band announced plans for a full length album. In April 2021, “Does It Have a Radio”, the first single from their upcoming album, was released to rave reviews and has received consistent airplay at multiple radio stations across the southeast. The video for “Does It Have a Radio” has been featured on multiple media outlets including the country music powerhouse media outlet Country Rebel.
In addition to "Does It Have a Radio", the band has released 4 more singles including "Anyway", "Katie", "The Man I Need To Be", and the regional hit "Chalybeate" before releasing their highly anticipated full album of the same name. Songs from Chalybeate have been in steady rotation at local radio stations and featured on The Paul Gallo Show out of Jackson, MS.
In February of 2022, A Band of Jones was nominated for 10 Tennessee Music Awards and took home 4, including Entertainer of the Year, Country Artist of the Year, Song of the Year (Does It Have a Radio), and Music Video of the Year (Does It Have a Radio). In May, the band garnered 3 Josie Music Awards nominations including Male Country Vocalist (John Spears), Country Group Music Video of the Year (The Man I Need To Be), and Country Group of the Year.
In 2023, with new steel guitar player Kevin Cummings added to the lineup, the fellas went back into Farmhouse Studio to record new music. "The Wagon" was released in April along with a music video which has garnered well over 100k views across platforms. In August of 2023, a follow-up single "Slow Dancing" was released with a video scheduled to release in October. "Slow Dancing was co-written with Mississippi Country Music legend, Jeff Bates. In addition to releasing new music, A Band of Jones has began taking the show on the road with scheduled dates across the country.
The guys cite a list of influences across multiple genres including artists such as Third Day, George Strait, The Old 97’s, John Mayer, Everclear, Audio Adrenaline, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Metallica, Creed, Lori McKenna, Elmore James, Jamey Johnson, and many more. Their broad range of influences, unique perspectives, and relatable lyrics help to give A Band of Jones a sound all their own and has helped them to quickly grow a passionate fanbase that is continually expanding.
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Clifton, TN native Charlie Dicus, has been playing music since he was young. Charlie draws from his eclectic taste in music to bring a passion and creativity to the table that is unmatched. In addition to being a stand out on bass, Charlie is also an accomplished guitarist and songwriter having co-written "The Wagon" release in 2023. Charlie also shares lead vocal duties on a number of tunes, most notably, "Chalybeate".
A husband and father of three, this Ramer, TN native is not only a competent guitarist and vocalist, but an accomplished songwriter as well. John penned all the songs for the debut A Band of Jones record, Living the Dream and their latest album, Chalybeate. In addition, he has landed multiple songs with other independent artists.
Walnut, MS native Ryan Hill began playing drums at age 5. After being given an old set, he taught himself to play by listening to all genres of music on the radio. As a result, Ryan has a unique style that sets him apart from others. In addition to being a drummer and guitarist, Ryan is a devoted husband and loving father of 3.
Bradley has been playing music in and around his hometown of Walnut, MS since he was a kid. The husband and father of 2 is known for his intricate acoustic guitar work and traditional country electric style. Bradley also showcases his talent on piano on occasion and takes lead vocals on a number of songs at live shows. Mayor Crawford, as he's known to fans, is also an accomplished songwriter and was co-writer on "Five Miles South" which is featured on the band's latest album, Chalybeate.
Luke Braudway hails from Goosepond, Mississippi. Luke is an accomplished acoustic guitar player and lends stellar vocal harmonies while also sharing lead vocal duties. Luke began playing music and singing at a very young age influenced by his musical family and made a name for himself in college as part of Campus Country at NEMCC.
Kevin is a multi-instrumentalist originally from Glen, MS. Born into a musical family, Kevin first picked up the guitar at the age of 4. Soon after, he also picked up the banjo and fiddle and began playing in church. Kevin describes his musical influence as being rooted mostly in country with a little bluegrass mixed in. After playing with various bands in the area throughout his teens, Kevin acquired a steel guitar and taught himself to play. Since then, Kevin has made a name for himself as a local legend and one of the best musicians to ever come out of North Mississippi.