Jiggley Jones is the 2013 International Music and Entertainment Association’s Songwriter of the Year. He is also a New Music Awards nominee and an Independent Country Music Association Award nominee. He has performed at CMA Fest in Nashville, Make Music Philly Day, The World Cafe in Wilmington, DE, the Millennium Music Conference, the Dewey Beach Music Festival, SS Cape May and the legendary, The Bitter End in NYC, among others. His new album, “…A Mountain, A Struggle, A Tunnel, A Light..” is currently in the Top 20 of the Roots Music Report country chart.
Entertwine: Where and when did you get your start playing music?
Jiggley Jones: In my late teens I started playing the bass guitar around my area in cover bands.
ET: What kind of musical background do you have that led you to play country?
JJ: I was brought up on Classic Rock with a lot of that being what they called Southern Rock. I only became a big Country fan about a decade ago. So I fuse them both together and Jiggley Jones comes out.
ET: Who are some of your influences when it comes to writing and performing, and why?
JJ: Neil Young has always moved me musically. His songs just strike a chord ( pardon the pun ) with me. I love James Taylor also for the same reasons.
ET: Where does the name Jiggley Jones come from?
JJ: Jiggley is a nickname that I’ve had for almost 20 years. When I started this project in 2007 I figured I get more attention drawn to me with the nickname.
ET: What was it like playing CMA fest in Nashville in 2013? What other festivals have you played that would be your favorite?
JJ: I just did the CMA again this year (2014) and both were really cool. It’s a great big party and there is music everywhere. Even as a fan it has to be an awesome time. I wanna do it as a fan someday and let loose.
ET: Tell us a bit about your newest album, “…A Mountain, A Struggle, A Tunnel, A Light.”
JJ: It was a great experience putting the record together. The title is my metaphor for life itself and the difficulties and rewards that it brings. So far record is picking up stream slowly and steadily.
ET: What was the main inspiration for this album, and what has the reception been like for you?
JJ: The record was recorded in Nashville back in the winter months and was produced by Dave Moody from Lamon Records. The theme that all the songs on the album share fits in well with the title of the album. The title is my metaphor for life itself which can be quite inspiring depending on how you pick and choose. Sometimes there’s a mountain to cross and a struggle that goes along with it. There’s always hope along the way and that light at the end of the tunnel is the ultimate goal. The record so far is slowly and steadily picking up steam which is what happens sometime with music that takes a little time to mentally soak in.
ET: What is next for you in 2014?
JJ: I’ll be pushing the new record all year and I can’t wait to see where that leads me.