Holler Live Sessions: Willie Jones

March 29, 2023 5:27 pm GMT
Last Edited April 6, 2024 7:57 pm GMT

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Holler Live Sessions: Willie Jones


'Down by the Riverside'

'No Tellin''

'Them Girls Do'

You can't deny it - there is just something about Willie Jones. He has an ability to concoct delightfully ice-cold jams out of trad-country riffs and hip-pop samples. He engages any room he enters with calm control and ease. He is cool, in the most natural and inherent sense of the word.

Such confidence is not misplaced. "Boss Hog / I'm a dog / I'm the Billy GOAT" Jones cooly plays off on 'Down By the Riverside'; at first seemingly expressing his belief in himself, but also cleverly defining how where he is from has made him who he is.

It's those clever rhythmic subtleties that make Jones not only an assured character, but an enigmatic wordsmith - one who is able to take the concept of foundational pop lyricism and inject it with something personal and refreshing.

Without the polished production and energy of the instrumental layers that have permeated Jones' recent singles, the Lousiana-born artist is able to strip these tracks back and let such dexterous wordplay take centre stage.

Backed by his friend and guitarist Jake, Jones settles into the already warm room and quickly heats it up further; whipping up rhymes on the realities and comforts of home, the persuasive nature of desire and just how "them girls" have this ability to turn his head.

Performing 'Down By the Riverside', 'No Tellin' and 'Them Girls Do', this is Willie Jones for the Holler Live Sessions.

Holler Live Sessions Team

Director: Tom Francome

Cameras: Tom Francome, Nick Richards and Joe Monk

Audio Engineer: Nathaniel Kastoryano

Editor: Dan Monro (Lookout Productions)

Producers: Ross Jones & Ciara Bains

Written by Ross Jones