The deluxe version of the album will contain a digital version of Durand Jones and The Indications Live Vol. 1. Additionally, an exclusive Dead Oceans/Colemine Records pre-order will include the LP, CD, digital deluxe version and bonus 7” that features covers of 1967’s “Put A Smile On Your Face” by E.J. and the Echoes and 1970’s Penny & the Quarters classic, “You And Me.”
Fans can pre-order the record here: http://bit.ly/2G8DHCu
Additionally, the bands video for “Smile” debuts today—watch/share it here:
A native of rural Hillaryville, Louisiana Durand Jones was a self-composed childhood “introvert” brought out of his shell when his grandmother gifted him an alto saxophone, which he played all the way through a BA in general music education from South Eastern Louisiana University and on up to post-grad study at Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Once in Bloomington, Jones joined and toured with the all-sax Kinari Quartet, performing complex chamber music and winning international awards in the process.
Initially, Jones was recruited to write and arrange horn parts for the IU Soul Revue but when the act fell short of singers, he was asked to step up to the mic. Fronting the Revue also brought him into contact with The Indications’ drummer / vocalist Aaron Frazer and guitarist Blake Rhein. With the addition of bassist Kyle Houpt, the group began writing and recording on a trusty TASCAM 4-track. Four years performing together onstage had schooled the musicians to play live and loud while the immersion in classic soul taught Jones, Frazer and Rhein the craft of songwriting and arranging.