Cledus Jeremiah Jones was born into the Appalachian foothills. Some folks might a’ called him a hillbilly, but in fact his name was not Billy, it was Cledus Jeremiah Jones.
Musical historians and religious scholars disagree as to whether Cledus was more sinner or saint. Some Sundays he’d burn with the holy spirit; others, he was ablaze with holy spirits, white lightning, Appalachian moonshine. Nevertheless, in the eyes of the children who gathered near the fountains and pools where Cledus sang as he bathed, Cledus Jeremiah Jones was a prophet, a divine messenger channeling the spirits of the Appalachian foothills.
Scholars do agree on one thing - the parables and songs of Cledus Jeremiah Jones were not written of his own hand; rather, they were passed down by those who received the Gospel of Cledus. These children, after decades of roaming the hills and singing his songs became known as the CJ Jones Spirit Bones. We are grateful to these children who have preserved the legend. And here in this historical collection they bring you: The Odyssey of Cledus Jeremiah Jones.
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CJ Jones & the Spirt Bones | The Odyssey of Cledus Jeremiah Jones
Thank you to all the visionary visual artists on this project, and Polly the Potter.
Cledus and the spirit bones are out there... playing... look here to see where and when!
Fri. Apr 14, 2017 | Red Light Cafe | Website
Also Featuring Dusty Roads | Frank Hamilton School Concert Series
T-Dawg said "it's like Johnny Cash meeting Commander Cody. I am excited about this pairing."
553 Amsterdam Ave NE, Atlanta GA 30306 | (404) 874-7828
Fri. Apr 15, 2017 | Peace and love fest | Website
Lake Claire Land Trust, 280 Arizona Ave NE , Atlanta 30307 | (404) 874-7828
Thurs. Apr 20, 2017 | Video release party | 7:33 -10 PM | Website
First Existentialist Congregation Church, 470 candler park drive ne, Atlanta, Georgia 30307
Sat. Dec 10 | Toys for tots / Fred’s Bar B-Q House | Website
541 Thornton Rd, Lithia Springs, GA 30122 | (770) 941-1155
Also Featuring the Mars Hill Porch Pickers
Sat. Nov 26 | The Backyard Grill | 5 pm to 8 pm | Website
443 North Ridge Road, Richmond VA 23229 | (804) 447-9622
Sat. Nov 25 | Cary Street Café | 9:45 pm to 2 am | Website
2631 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23220 | 804.353.7445
All songs transubstantiated through Boxcar Ted and Arranged by Runaway Mike,
Engineered and produced by Michael Iris
Recorded at Bell Creek Studio, Welcome, WA, Executive producer Ted Pettus, Mastered by Carl Saff @ CSM Chicago, IL, Graphic design by Amanda Wheeler
Photography by David Callihan, and Website design by some drunk guy in Edgewood.
Behind the making of "The Odyssey of Cledus Jeremiah Jones"
Thank you to everyone who made this record happen. Amy Stout for patience and a long leash, Patsy & Hunter Pettus for a lifetime of total acceptance
Aviva Vuvuzella, Billy Dunn, Andy Weiskoff, Ralph Roddenberry, Ben Farmer, and to all of those crazy cats who are so unique that they make everyone around them open up a little more
Tim Embry, Patti Kunkle, Jean Heinrich, Bill Fleming, Donna and Leif Palmer, John Apana, and all the visionary visual artists on this project, and Polly the Potter.