"In the beginning...

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.

The Odyssey of Cledus Jeremiah Jones

The Odyssey by CJ Jones & the Spirit Bones is exclusivily available for Download or on Compact Disc at CDbaby.com

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"It Izzles”

-Sn00p  

"The CJ Jones-Groove is harder than a preacher on Sunday morning.”

-Pat Roberstone, 696.9 Club

“My ear hole will never be the same.”

-Booty Coolins, funk historian

"These songs touched me like the real men that are missing from my life"

-Yo Mama

“A defining work for the Funkabilly movement”

-Sweet Baby Cheezits, editor of Funkabilly Zine, and son of the Big Cheeze.

The Odyssey Songs

CJ Jones & the Spirt Bones | The Odyssey of Cledus Jeremiah Jones

Album Folk Art

Thank you to all the visionary visual artists on this project, and Polly the Potter.

Chicken Snake

Artist: Loose Peter

Cosmic Rondelle

Folk artist: Rob Seven

Jones family crest

Artist: Tex Crawford

Gold mine in the attic

Artist: Tex Crawford

Eagles Nest

Artist: Loose Peter

Flaming Banjo of the Apocalypse,2015

Artist: Ted Pettus

Giving the devil a haircut

Artist: CM Laster

Portfolio Item 7

Folk Artist: Loose Peter

Smitten and Bitten

Folk Artist: Sam Granger

Cyclops Mermaid

Folk Artist: Miz Thang

Peace in the garden

Artist: Loose Peter

Crash

Artist: Amy Stout 2014 -- Photo by Ted Pettus

Pray for Atlanta

Folk Artist: R Land

Dr. Porten Gootsa

Artist: Rob Seven

Shows

Cledus and the spirit bones are out there... playing... look here to see where and when!

Who is Cledus Jeremiah Jones?

 


Upcoming Shows/Gigs

Sun. Dec 17, 2017 | Benefit for Planned Parenthood | 11PM | Facebook
At The Earl featuring Skylarks / Chickens & Pigs / CJ Jones & The Spirit Bones
488 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta GA 30316

Sat. Dec 2, 2017 | Cledus Jeremiah Jones Plays Whoville/Doraville X-mas Show | 11AM-2PM | Facebook
3725 Park Avenue, Atlanta GA 30340

Sat. Nov 11, 2017 | Art/Music Explosion | 11PM | Facebook
At First Existentialist Congregation Church with Peter Loose / ExPaND Band / CJ Jones & the Spirit Bones
470 Candler Park Drive NE, Atlanta GA 30307

Tues. Oct. 17, 2017 | The Red Planet CD Release Party | 7:30-10:30PM | Facebook
At the Red Light Cafe with CJ Jones & the Spirit Bones
553 Amsterdam Avenue NE, Atlanta GA 30306 | (404) 874-7828

Sat. August 12, 2017 | Birthday Party | 7-11PM
At First Existentialist Congregation Church With CJ Jones & the Spirit Bones / The Ross Pead Trio
470 Candler Park Drive NE, Atlanta GA 30307

Sat. May 27, 2017 | Finster Fest 2017 | Facebook
At Howard Finster's Paradise Garden
200 N Lewis St, Summerville GA 30747

Fri. Apr 29, 2017 | Inman Park Festival | Website
At Delta Stage, Inman Park GA

Sat. April 22, 2017 | Heel to Heal Superhero 5K | 11AM | Website
At Emory University's Clairmont Campus (start and finish line) | Emory University Physician Assistant Program’s South Georgia Farmworker Health Project
1946 Starvine Way, Decatur GA 30033

Thurs. Apr 20, 2017 | Video Release Party | 7:33-10PM | Facebook
At First Existentialist Congregation Church with CJ Jones & the Spirit Bones
470 Candler Park Drive NE, Atlanta GA 30307

Fri. Apr 15, 2017 | Peace and Love Fest | Facebook
At Lake Claire Land Trust
280 Arizona Avenue NE, Atlanta GA 30307 | (404) 874-7828

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 Avenue NE, Atlanta GA 30306 | (404) 874-7828

Thurs. April 13, 2017 | Charlene Ball’s Dark Lady Book Release Party | 9-11PM | Facebook
At First Existentialist Congregation Church with CJ Jones & the Spirit Bones
470 Candler Park Drive NE, Atlanta GA 30307

Sat. Jan 28, 2017 | Missionary Mary Proctor Art Extravaganza Party | 9-11PM | Facebook
At First Existentialist Congregation Church with CJ Jones & the Spirit Bones / Aviva & The Flying Penguins
470 Candler Park Drive NE, Atlanta GA 30307

Sat. Dec 10, 2016 | Toys for Tots / Fred’s Bar B-Q House | Website
Also Featuring the Mars Hill Porch Pickers
541 Thornton Road, Lithia Springs GA 30122 | (770) 941-1155

Sat. Nov 26, 2016 | The Backyard Grill | 5-8PM | Website
443 North Ridge Road, Richmond VA 23229 | (804) 447-9622

Sat. Nov 25, 2016 | Cary Street Café | 9:45PM-2AM | Website
2631 West Cary Street, Richmond VA 23220 | (804) 353-7445

Sat. Oct 22, 2016 | Transpectacle Athens Festival | Facebook
At Jittery Joe's
425 Barber Street, Athens GA 30601

Thurs. Sep 22, 2016 | Cledus Life Milestone | Website
At Clermont Lounge with Special guest: Aviva and the flying penguins
789 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta GA 30306

The Band

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.

Boxcar Ted

Vocals, Harmonica

Runaway Mike

Vocals,Guitars,Piano,B3,dobro

Brother Franklin

Vocals, Mandelin

Cledus Jr

Vocals, Kazoo, Banjo

President Lincoln McRib

Upright Bass

Special Agent Dill Spear

drums & percussion

Uncle
Funk

Vocals, trumpet

Sister
Cha Cha

Vocals

Fun Facts

Behind the making of "The Odyssey of Cledus Jeremiah Jones"

Hours thinking deep thoughts
Studio hours stolen
People taken advantage of & abused
Souls sold cheap for fame

Thank You

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.

Contact Info

CJ Jones and the Spirit Bones
P.O Box 958
Decatur, GA 30031
upstairs@snakebite.com
P: 404-307-6676