|Reviews for Donald Trump's Hair
"The irrepressible Nashville-based singer-songwriter Kacey Jones returns with "Donald Trump's Hair," a new collection of uproarious songs including "Christmas in Rehab," "Whatever Happened to Kenny Rogers' Face" and the title song, dedicated to what sprouts from the financier's fantastic follicles. Highly recommended!"
----Music Connection Magazine / Los Angeles - May 2009
This CD is one of the funniest I've ever listened to, and not only did it make me smile, it even brought tears from the laughter. Filled with songs like "Donald Trump's Hair" and "I Can Always Get Skinny But You'll Never Be Tall," if you have any kind of sense of humor, there's no way you can keep from enjoying it.
~Liz Stewart / Alabama Musician's Connection
It's astounding to hear this sweet, delicate voice singing lyrics this vulgar, but dang it, it's so funny I was too busy laughing to be concerned. From the slapstick silliness of the title track, a tribute to The Donald's always amusing 'do (not to mention his wallet), to skewering the idea that a woman NEEDS a man to be happy ("I'm Living Alone and I Like It" and "It's Gonna Take One Helluva Man"), to a lament on how things used to be ("Whatever Happened To Kenny Rogers' Face?") or a tribute to things that make women happy ("Chocolate Stuff," which seems to be a musical salute to Paula Deen's butter-laden creations, and contains a real recipe, if you're a fast transcriber) or empowered ("I Wanna Be Up Front Like Dolly"), Jones is silly, irreverent, sly, and downright hysterical at times.
~Kathy Coleman / About.com
Tribute Humor Song Out
Wanna laugh in tribute to Dolly? Check out the new single "I Wanna Be Up Front Like Dolly" from comedienne singer (and Sweet Potato Queen chanteuse) Kacey Jones, which humorously lifts her adoration of Dolly to musical heights. You may stream the song (and a couple of other tracks from her upcoming CD Donald Trump's Hair) from Airplay Direct here, although you have to be a registered radio station to download it.
Kacey Jones's comic hit!
She's long been one of Nashville's most creative writers and artists, and now Kacey Jones has a hilarious hit on her hands with the new CD "Donald Trump's Hair." The title track and many of the others were co-written by 2 other Row leading ladies: Benita Hill and Becky Hobbs; another tune was co-penned by longtime Radio DJ and comedian Bill Whyte. The title song opens with the lines: "Whether a bull or a bear market/his tresses are always a target/but this Pompadour should be admired/and if you don't agree, then you're fired!" Wonder what The Donald himself would say?
COUNTRY INSIDER (Nashville, TN)
"Humor in music is nothing new however, when you mix in wit and underlying sarcasm, it adds a whole new depth to it, and Kacey Jones is one of the best at adding this type of subtlety to her humorous music. Her new album, “Donald Trump’s Hair,” sees her raspy voice wrapping around a variety of musical styles that walk the border from country to lounge styled jazz. On the debut single, “I Want To Be Up Front Like Dolly,” Jones sings in praise of Dolly’s personality but is really only throwing you for a loop as she leads you into a song about Dolly’s “assets.” With no subject too big to tackle, this is one of those albums where if you get the humor...you are going to love it!"
TODAY'S COUNTRY MUSIC
"The zany and brilliant singer-songwriter, Kacey Jones, has another gem to her credit. Donald Trump's Hair will be released nationally in May on IGO Records. It contains 15 tracks including Whatever Happened to Kenny Rogers' Face and I Can Always Get Skinny But You'll Never Be Tall. Try listening to The Redheaded Man Who Would Not Move or That's Why I Keep Him without laughing out loud. Christmas in Rehab may just become a new holiday tradition, while God Save the Queens blends a driving beat with clever lyrics to pay homage to drag queens."
EL DORADO NEWS-TIME
Music Row Magazine
Country Standard Time
Music & Life
Midwest Record Recap
Kacey Jones Sings Mickey Newbury (IGO Records)
* * * * ½
One of the loveliest and quite beautiful tribute albums I have heard. I am sure Mickey Newbury would have been very proud of this album.
In 1980 Kacey Jones was still trying to make her way in Nashville as a singer-songwriter, when a meeting with the legendary Mickey Newbury helped change her life. Not knowing who he was, and also getting disenchanted with not getting any work, she went along to the Acuff/Rose Studios and was immediately taken with his wonderful four-octave range voice. When Mickey heard that she was thinking about packing it all in and moving back to the Bay Area for a job in retail, he then spent another couple of hours talking to her about songwriting, thus changing her life forever. Anyone who knows Kacey’s music will know that his talk worked, and she contacted Mickey again in 1997 to see if he would come to Nashville from Oregon to sing on a tribute album to Kinky Friedman, but he declined due to bad health, and sadly passed away in 2002 from pulmonary fibrosis. From that moment Kacey had this project in mind as a kind of thank-you to Mickey for how he helped her career right at the beginning.
Since finishing the album Kacey has had nothing but good comments from all who have heard it, one such favourable quote coming from Kris Kristofferson ‘It’s nice to see an artist who understands and appreciates the soul of Mickey’s songs, honouring him like this.’ Kacey has chosen fifteen wonderful Newbury songs, and the album opens with the absolutely gorgeous Song Of Sorrow, in which she treats it with all the respect it deserves, giving it a wonderfully pure and tender telling, an extra special touch to the song is the whistling at the end by Laura Shayne Newbury, one of Mickey’s five children. More enchanting ballads follow, such as the glorious Some Memories Are Better Left Alone, the resplendent Lie To Me Darlin’, the dreamy Blue Sky Shining and the engaging Lovers to name just a few.Other stand-out tracks on an album of memorable songs are the excellent New Orleans jazz styled Apples Dipped In Candy with some wonderful trumpet playing from Brent Moyer, the superb story-song San Francisco Mabel Joy and the bewitching You’ve Always Got The Blues. I’m not sure if the track-listings were planned this way, but the last three song titles just seem right for the sentiments of this tribute, they are Remember The Good, followed by Amen For Old Friends, and ending with Goodnight which includes the chorus ‘Goodnight, my love, goodnight. May all your dreams come true. And may God be with you. Goodnight, my love, goodnight.’ If you are a fan of Mickey Newbury then you must get this album, and even if you are not sure if you know any of his songs I would still recommend you to buy this top-class tribute to one of the music worlds best songwriters, may his music live on forever. I will finish with a lovely quote from Brenda Lee ‘one of the most prolific songwriters ever, his music will continue to touch the emotions of generations to come.’ Amen to that!
- Dave Knowles
San Francisco Chronicle
Maybe it's a good thing Kacey Jones waited 26 years after meeting songwriter Mickey Newbury to record an album of his songs: Four years after his death, Jones, known for her comedy albums and hanging out with Garrison Keillor at Lake Wobegon, breaks your heart so many times on this exquisite disc, you have to think just a bit of her life experience adds to the genius. Country blues have never been bluer, or more eloquent, and Jones' seen-it-all voice is the perfect match for Newbury's poignant worldview. From the ache of "Ramblin' Blues" to the infectious bounce of "San Francisco Mabel Joy," Jones honors a singular talent as only another singular talent could.
- David Wiegand
Barnes & Noble
To the general public the name Mickey Newbury may not ring much of a bell, but his songs do: Who hasn't heard Elvis Presley's powerful rendition of "American Trilogy"? Country fans certainly are aware of the wry, heartbreaking irony Jerry Lee Lewis delivered so effectively on "She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye," as well as Don Gibson's poignant rendering of "Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings," and the whacked-out psychedelia that launched Kenny Rogers's career, "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)." On her tribute to this late, great American singer-songwriter, Kacey Jones dispenses with the slightly bawdy comedy she has built a career on (check out her hilarious live album, Every Man I Love Is Either Married, Gay or Dead) and relies on her husky alto. With her bluesy drawl, a swaggering attitude, and a tender texture, it's all the better to explore the multitude of shadings Newbury could work into a single song. A gospel choir, bursts of horn exclamations, a barrelhouse piano, and some stinging electric guitar turn "Apples Dipped in Candy" into a sultry, ecstatic experience, somewhere between the church and the juke joint. A simple, stark acoustic guitar figure and a droning cello set the ambience for her searching, restrained exploration of one of Newbury's most complex and moving lyrics, "Some Memories Are Better Left Alone." Jones's readings are note perfect, the rich arrangements are beautifully conceived, and the soul of Mickey Newbury lives again, vivid as ever in his timeless, literate songs.
- David McGee
Though Mickey Newbury, who died in 2003, never achieved the renown of Kris Kristofferson or the legendary aura of Townes Van Zandt, his fans considered him as great a songwriter as any of his progressive country contemporaries. Kacey Jones has previously been known as a comic performer of funny songs, but there isn't a laugh to be found on this tribute to her musical mentor. On the contrary--the lush arrangements and new-age atmospherics of Jones's production, her dramatic phrasing that suggests an actress as much as a singer, and the selection of material steeped in melancholy all attest to the project's seriousness of purpose. While the cloying production of "Time Was" might be more suitable for a tribute to Rod McKuen, Jones knows to leave well enough alone with "San Francisco Mabel Joy." Newbury's signature story song was for him what "Pancho and Lefty" was for Van Zandt and "Me and Bobby McGee" is for Kristofferson. Any release that introduces listeners to Newbury's music is welcome, but as Jones would be the first to admit, nobody sings Newbury as well as Newbury did.
Country Standard Time
With a voice that wavers with eternal beauty from a bygone era, Kacey Jones uses her powerful pipes to pay homage to her favorite songwriter, and one of America's greats: Mickey Newbury. While Jones is best known as a comedienne and has a gift for making people laugh, she also has a sensitive side. Her 15 renditions of Newbury's songs here are sure to make you cry with their sorrow. Newbury was a legendary Nashville songwriter, and Jones helps preserve the late songsmith's memory. The disc opens with the tender "Song of Sorrow" and from this blissful beginning Jones takes the listener on a journey of Newbury's poetic nuances as her delicate delivery gives one time to soak in each and every word of this gifted songwriter, while concurrently admiring Jones' vocals. Newbury's songs possess a soul that comes alive when the words are sung, and luckily for music lovers, Jones' tribute captures this soul and ensures it stays alive just a wee bit longer. From the tender "Lie to Me Darlin'" to the touching and dreamy "Goodnight," the passionate poems Newbury created are recreated by Jones with the same drips of soul to ensure they are not forgotten and remain an integral part of the American songbook.
- David McPherson
Rambles - A Cultural Arts Magazine
Mickey Newbury -- born Milton Sim Newbury Jr., in Houston, May 19, 1940 -- never attained stardom. He was too idiosyncratic a composer and performer for that, and his artist's vision found expression in no readily definable genre. In the 1960s, following a stint in the Air Force, he moved to Nashville, however, and signed with Acuff-Rose Publications, which pitched his songs to country and pop acts. Several of his songs, covered by others, became hits.
One was the lamely psychedelic but bubblegum-catchy "Just Dropped in," Kenny Rogers's first chart success (technically, under his band's First Edition rubric) and unlike any other song Newbury would write afterwards. Eddy Arnold had a hit on both country and pop charts with "Here Comes the Rain, Baby." Newbury didn't exactly write the Elvis hit "An American Trilogy" -- it consists of scraps of "Dixie," "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and the spiritual "All My Trials" laid end to end -- but he claimed arranger's credit, and it's become something of a standard.Newbury -- who died Sept. 29, 2002, in Springfield, Oregon -- influenced other, more famous Nashville songwriters, Kris Kristofferson most of all. He has been name-checked in various songs, for example the dopey 1977 Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson hit "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)," whose chorus hails "Newbury's train songs" -- no doubt to the incomprehension of all but scattered listeners. Over the years, almost till the time of his death, Newbury was recording albums of his own for a small but nearly worshipfulband of admirers.
Nashville-based comedian Kacey Jones seems an unlikely individual to record an album's worth of Newbury's gloomy material. Newbury had one major theme: doomed romanticism, defined as much in the broadly philosophical sense as in the specifically erotic. In Newbury land, the skies are cloudy all day, and many are the discouraging words. Call him Leonard Cohen minus the drollness or mordant social commentary. Or you can think of Newbury as something of a20th-century Stephen Foster, at least Foster the "serious" (i.e., parlor) composer. As far as his contemporaries go, Newbury surely most closely resembles Jimmy Webb.
Like Webb's, his compositions feel as if they should be country or folk songs, but mostly they aren't exactly, any more than they are precisely pop tunes (they certainly owe nothing to rock, a genre in which Newbury the songwriter, except for the above-mentioned "Just Dropped in," had no discernible interest). It's hard to imagine a song titled "Ramblin' Blues" that doesn't owe a debt to Hank Williams or Woody Guthrie, but Newbury's -- which Jones renders movingly -- is very much on its own. Actually, one suspects that Frank Sinatra could have sung the hell out of it; yet it's not really a Sinatra-style tune, either.
Jones, who produced the recording with intelligence and grace, puts the songs into modestly orchestrated arrangements, with guitars, pianos, horns and strings employed to conjure up near-visual representations of the world in which these vividly told stories are played out. Jones's vocals deliver the material in restrained but commanding style, so effectively that unless you're in an irritable or impatient frame of mind, you won't complain that the songs are overwhelmingly slow to mid-tempo and, well, mostly depressing. Only the overwrought "San Francisco Mabel Joy" crosses over the top.
I don't know how you'd improve on a tribute album so sensitively conceived and executed as this one. Jones' riveting interpretations lift thesegorgeous,heartbreaking songs to a kind of tragic glory.
- Jerome Clark
Kacey Jones has until now been best known as a musician with a comical, observational bent, a perspective that’s often skewed towards the absurd. However, her latest effort finds her striking a more serious pose, an all out homage to a songwriter who was ranked by many as one of America’s finest. The late Mickey Newbury never achieved the popular acclaim accorded, say, Kris Kristofferson, but as Kristofferson himself points out in the liner notes, he had a profound effect on all those who knew him and his work. Jones does an admirable job of interpreting his tunes and this effort, produced in cooperation with Newbury’s widow Susan, brings out the heartfelt emotion and the pathos that were always so instilled in Newbury’s material. Indeed, there’s a lingering feeling of sadness ingrained in these melodies, as revealed by song titles such as “Song Of Sorrow,” “Some Memories Are Better Left Alone” and “What Will I Do.” Jones relays this downcast demeanor more than effectively, but it’s the country sway of “Lie To Me Darlin’” and the easy, breezy feel of “Blue Sky Shining” and “You’ve Always Got The Blues” that add the much needed lilt to these proceedings. Likewise, her take on Newbury’s best-known effort, “San Francisco Mabel Joy,” is a total revelation, a beautiful narrative that’s absolutely inspired. Newbury was Jones’ mentor in the last years of his life and no doubt she felt Newbury’s spirit while she was recording. It certainly sounds that way. One would be hard put to find a more touching tribute.
All Music Guide:
Singer and songwriter Kacey Jones has built a strong reputation as a musical comedian, first as a member of the group Ethel & the Shameless Hussies and more recently as a solo act, recording albums of ditties such as Never Wear Panties to a Party and Every Man I Love Is Either Married, Gay or Dead. However, Jones offers a look at the more serious side of her musical personality with Kacey Jones Sings Mickey Newbury, in which she covers 15 songs by the legendary Nashville songwriter.
Like his friend and colleague Kris Kristofferson, Mickey Newbury brought an intelligence, lyricism, and depth to Nashville songwriting that still held firm ties to the warmth and direct emotion of the best country music when he first appeared in the mid-'60s; Newbury also befriended Kacey Jones early in her career, and these performances reveal a deep love for Newbury's writing, and a keen appreciation of the emotional stakes of these songs. For someone best known for delivering musical punch-lines, Jones fares well on this set; her rich voice suggests an artist with a firm grasp of jazz vocal stylings as well as country-styled material, and she finds a degree of musical sophistication in the melodies that honors Newbury's material.
Kacey Jones Sings Mickey Newbury presents 15 great songs from a man who knew how to write them, sung by a woman with a clear appreciation of their musical importance and heart-tugging power -- which is to say this album accomplishes what it sets out to do.
~ Mark Deming
The name seeped into the country music mainstream courtesy of Waylon Jennings' "Luckenbach, Texas" - "Newbury's train songs." This was who Waylon was singing about - a songwriter so diverse he defies description. His songs rise above genre categorization; he's penned hits for blues, country, rock, and pop artists; in fact, he's had a different song in each category on the charts at the same time. Now Kacey Jones turns a voice to Newbury's songs. The result is striking.
"They call me a fool and a dreamer/ Tell me I'm wasting my time/ How I will search for the rest of my life/ For a rainbow I never will find." These are the words that open this disc, a masterful melody with exquisite lyrics sung by a voice that captured me almost instantly, a powerful, dusky, sultry voice (somewhat reminiscent of Judy Garland, actually and that was all I needed to get me completely hooked on this disc. Jones handles the subtleties, the complexities, of Newbury's melodies with magnificent style and grace, bringing the power of the tunes out with a raw strength that's a simple joy to hear. Jones, better known for funny work ("Every Man I Love Is Either Married, Gay, or Dead") and producing (Kinky Friedman's "Pearls in the Snow"), demonstrates here that she is also a deft hand at the serious (although no matter what people may think, it's always far easier for a comedian to be serious than for the dramatic to turn a hand at comedy). Woven together under Jones' own skillful production, with gentle rain effects between some tracks (as though we were sitting in a warm room on a rainy day listening to music), the entire album is a work of art.For the most part, she chooses Newbury's less-known songs (with the exception of "San Francisco Mabel Joy"), leaving more iconic tunes where they are, such as the many-times recorded "An American Trilogy," "Funny, Familiar Forgotten Feelings," and "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)." Instead, she opts for beauties like the bluesy "Apples Dipped In Candy," the sweetly beautiful "Song of Sorrow," surprisingly elegant love song "Lie to Me, Darlin'," and canny "You've Always Got the Blues." With the wealth of selections available to her, Jones has chosen songs eminently suited to her that work together beautifully as a whole, a real album of music in every sense of the word. The arrangements are spare and attractive, a dramatic setting for the rich elegance of Jones' voice. The beauty of Newbury's tunes don't really need a lot of words other than their own to recommend them. Kacey Jones does a grand job of demonstrating why.
- Kathy Coleman
Country Line Magazine
Kacey Jones is somewhat of an anomaly. On the one hand, there is the funny Kacey, releasing albums with songs like Never Wear Panties To A Party and I'm Down To My Christmas Underwear while entertaining the whole world on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion radio show several times in the last few years with her bawdy, man killing humor. Then, there is the serious, thoughtful and brilliant songwriting side of miss Jones that is sometimes overlooked and seldom discussed. The latter is what will be covered in this story.
To understand this album you first must understand who Mickey Newbury was. One of the most gifted and talented singer songwriters on the planet earth is what he was, completely innovative and creative in a way that was years ahead of his time. Penning songs like An American Trilogy, San Fancisco Mabel Joy, Why You Been Gone So Long and She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye, classics that will be around forever. Intricate melodies and deep beautiful lyrics became his trademark and he was admired and appreciated by
fellow songwriters Kris Kristofferson, Larry Gatlin and others. Blessed with a four-octave range that was captivating and filled with emotion, it was hard to listen to a Mickey Newbury song without being moved to the point of tears.
Kacey Jones first met Newbury 26 years ago when a friend asked if she would like to meet him after a recording session in Nashville. At the time, she was unfamiliar with him and his work so it was quite an awakening when she made her way into the Acuff/Rose Studios where Newbury was recording some solo tracks. "He would sail into those high notes so effortlessly, and his songs... I sat there and listened to him, mesmerized, for over an
hour". After the session, Newbury heard Jones talking about her shortcomings as a songwriter brought about by being blown away by what Newbury was doing. He took her aside and spent two more hours talking about songwriting with her. It was an incredible time and she still remembers every word he said to this day. After that, they didn't speak again until 1998 when Jones was producing "Pearls In The Snow" a tribute to Kinky Friedman featuring Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam and others. She invited Newbury,
who was living in Oregon at the time, to record on the album but his health had begun to deteriorate and he was unable to attend the session. "I could tell, even then, that he was hoarse and somewhat short of breath. I'll always regret that I didn't suggest that I fly out to Oregon and record him there." It was their last conversation. Newbury passed away in 2002 of pulmonary fibrosis.
Kacey Jones was driven to record a tribute album to Mickey Newbury by the man himself. She believes she has been guided along the way by unseen forces, voices in the wind, her own emotions, and a love for the art of songwriting and those who do it. The album itself is an amazing work of art, a masterpiece of production with ethereal effects like train whistles,
thunder and rain, a parade band marching by and little snippets of the man himself, discreetly put in for a haunting, gripping session. Laura Shayne Newbury, his 20 year old daughter, is featured on Song of Sorrow in which she whistles at the end of the song until her Father takes over and fades the song out with his own whistling.
Kacey Jones may very well be staring a Grammy nomination in the face at the end of the year, this album is that powerful and it would be a fitting tribute to both artists, the giant in the world of songwriters and the gifted, loving singer who cared enough to say thanks.
- Greg Roberts
Gone Country Magazine
Kacey Jones, who is more widely recognized for her comedic work released some of her deeper feelings in a more dramatic sense on her tribute to fallen friend and songwriter, Mickey Newbury. While her voice isn't really my thing (think raspy similar to Janis Joplin) you can hear a sadness and at the same time a certain amount of relief Jones feels by covering some of Newbury's catalog. This album has an overall sad and sorrow filled feeling resulting in slower paced songs, but as far as a tribute album goes you have to give credit where credit is due. Kacey Jones does an excellent job with Newbury's music and makes the songs her own with her voice while staying true to the originals. This type of album shows the depth of a performer like Kacey Jones, but if you are looking for what you know from her past then you may be taken by surprise.
- Jeffrey Kurtis
Music Row Magazine
Kacey’s upcoming CD is a tribute to the songwriting of the late Mickey Newbury. Its advance track is my favorite song by Mickey, a story song about an innocent Georgia farm boy who winds up in L.A. in the arms of a prostitute. He kills a Marine he finds with her, winds up in prison and dies on her doorstep from the bullet he takes escaping. She’s not there, he’s told. She’s gone looking for some Georgia farm boy. And all of this in the space of a country song.
The man was brilliant. "San Francisco Mabel Joy" has previously been recorded by Kenny Rogers, John Denver, Kris Kristofferson, Kenny Price, David Allan Coe, Joan Baez and Waylon Jennings, but has shockingly never been a hit single. Kacey’s performance will hopefully give this jewel of songwriting the attention it has long deserved.
- Robert K. Oermann
Nashville City Paper
Kacey Jones’ previous releases have spotlighted her quick, biting wit and satirical prowess, most notably Every Man I Love Is Either Married, Gay or Dead. But she not only plays it straight on this Mickey Newbury tribute project, she expertly and accurately communicates on each song his narrative skills and versatility in crafting and developing multiple moods and settings.
Jones explores the colorful (“Ramblin’ Blues,” “Apples Dipped in Candy”) and painful (“You’ve Always Got The Blues,” “Some Memories Are Better Left Alone”) with equal flair, never exaggerating or adding anything unnecessary in her treatments, yet always taking you completely inside Newbury’s arrangements and revealing the depth and quality of his writing.
Mickey Newbury isn’t nearly as famous as he should be, but Kacey Jones’ treatments of his songs will inspire those who hear them to delve deeper into his rich and overlooked catalog.
- Ron Wynn
Midwest Record Recap:
I love Kacey Jones even if she has forgotten to send me her last few solo albums. She’s one of roots music’s players most worthy of wider recognition. After tackling the works of one great American several years ago, producing a Kinky Friedman all-star tribute, she's moved on to the works of another great American, Mickey Newbury.
I’ve always felt that Newbury’s works were wise beyond their years and they were songs that had to be grown into which is why he was a cult act that knew how to pop out the hits for others. On this set, Jones has surely matured into giving Newbury the interpretation he deserves, avoiding some of the obvious choices to really put the spotlight on the songs. All roots fans need to check this out if they really are genre fans. Hot stuff.
- Chris Spector
Kacey Jones—Every Man I Love Is Either Married, Gay or Dead…LIVE (IGO Records)
By Billy Joe Gabriel
March, 2005: The unstoppable Kacey Jones, AKA the singing Sweet Potato Queen is at it again. She takes some of her greatest hits, mixes it up with some new songs, and a lot of her witty comedy and you have a live album. Her title song is self-explanatory, and she still shines with her insight into relationships, “Pizza Man,” “Down at the Piggly Wiggly,” and “Put the Seat Back Up.” She’s hilarious with “I’m Down to my Christmas Underwear,” and “1-900-Bubba.” She has a really serious hit with “We’re All in This Alone.” This CD is highly recommended to make you smile.
February 21, 2005
Kacey Jones - Every Man I Love Is Either Married, Gay or Dead . . . Live! ( IGO Records)
From the opening monologue, where Kacey says that she should now be known by her new Moslem name Seldom Bin Laid to the plea to toilet train men in Put The Seat Back Down, this is a bundle of laughs. Men do come in for a fair amount of criticism but it's all in good fun and shouldn't be taken too seriously. The best way that I can describe Kacey is that she's a Country Victoria Wood. Cutting humour and a genuine rapport with the audience makes Kacey Jones a force to be reckoned with. She fills the spaces between the songs with what she calls bits and sometimes these are funnier than the songs.
Her ex-husband Bubba comes in for some particular attention on the Bubba bit and 1-900-Bubba and she's not adverse to make fun of herself with stories such as the one where she says that her doctor told her that she had furniture disease – that's where your chest falls into your drawers. She can be a bit risqué but never steps over the line. Song titles such as Waitin' For The Guy To Die and I'm Down To My Christmas Underwear will give you an idea of her humour. The first is her Anna Nicole Smith song (married an old guy for money) and the other is about having no clean underwear and having to wear the novelty Christmas pants (complete with antlers!!).
This is Kacey's first live solo album and this is her medium. Bring on some more!
December 15th, 2004
Every Man I Love is Either Married, Gay, or Dead – Kacey Jones LIVE
There is no comparison for Kacey Jones. Funny, cutting, quick as a whip Kacey Jones clearly has a close rapport with her audience and even riffs with them a bit on this CD . Sound quality is a big deal with recordings and notoriously uneven for live events, such is not the case for this CD. The sound is as clear as if it was made in one flawless take recorded live at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.
Jones’s eclectic musical sense of humor is punctuated on this CD by her short stand-up bits which serve as introductions to the humorous songs. As with many musical humorists (Borge, Stafford, Miller) the musical element of the songs on this CD often takes a backseat to the humor or lyrical elements, but there are times when Kacey Jones reveals she really knows her way around a fingerboard.
The title of the CD is a tip off that men are a focal point of quite a bit of the humor on this CD. There is gentleness to the jabs that fall on the male ego but Jones’ edge cuts both ways. Her rapier finds its mark in the swath of female insecurities and foibles about men with the same precise and easy sense of fun she uses to skewer men. Tracks like Why Can’t They Send ‘Em All and Waitin’ For The Guy to Die are as good hearted as they are good natured fun.
One of the hallmarks of a good live album is that the artist makes the efforts to include nothing but crowd pleasing tracks. Kacey Jones has gone out of her way to make that effort here. Songs from “The Sweet Potato Queens' Big~Ass Box of Music”, “Men Are Some of My Favorite People” and of course “Every Man I Love is Either Married, Gay, or Dead” and a generous helping of good segue bits and great timing make this a strong CD from the first track to the twenty-third. Yes there are twenty five tracks – those last three are just repeats of early tracks, but studio cuts – one supposes for radio play. There is no weak link on this CD it would be a great addition to any comedy collection.
Every Man I Love Is Either Married, Gay or Dead -- LIVE
The first time I reviewed a Kacey Jones album was way back in 2000 and it just happened to be Every Man I Love Is Either Married, Gay, or Dead, the original version. That was my first encounter with the original twisted humor from this bizarre, talented, irreverent singer songwriter. It's obvious in listening to this offering that she has not sought out professional psychiatric help or changed her point of view on life, living or loving, thank goodness.
Recorded live in front of a sold-out crowd at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, it's crammed full of one-liners, hilarious standup and, of course, the rousing live versions of songs like "I'm Down to My Christmas Underwear," "Waitin' for the Guy to Die," "Put the Seat Back Down," "I Could Get Over Him" and "Dressin Up for the Pizza Man," one of my favorites. It's been a highly successful last couple of years for Jones who is the official songstress for The Sweet Potato Queens, a national organization with 5,000 chapters and over 50,000 members born out of three best-selling books by Jill Conner Browne who was also in the audience at the Bluebird.
Jones is literally everywhere, from Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion to guest spots on WSM radio in Nashville, you never know where or when she will pop up. One thing is for certain, though, you'll hear some of the most honest, down and dirty, highly humorous and just slightly bent material you've ever heard. It's like a sexy boxing match between men and women, and Jones wins by a knockout. She also happens to be one of the sweetest, down to earth and genuinely charming persons I have ever met, and she deserves every bit of the success that has come her way. It's live, it's funny, it's great, it's Kacey Jones at her finest.
March 26, 2004
"Show Up Naked, Bring Beer"
Writers: Kacey Jones/Jill Conner Browne/
"The Sweet Potato
Queen is back with a saucy wink, a honking sax and a driving
rhythm track. If this doesn't make you smile, you're brain dead."
-Robert K. Oerrmann
JANUARY 22 - 28, 2004 -- MUSIC--LOCAL
Sweet Cheek --Veteran Nashville singer-songwriter
Kacey Jones finds niche for her womanly humor
By Michael McCall
Sweet Potato Queens' Big-Ass Box of Music (IGO Records)
Talk about tit for tat: After two decades of musically
representing bold and bawdy women, Kacey Jones is finally becoming
a national phenomenon. The Nashville veteran's sudden popularity
comes after jumping on an appropriate party platform: She's now
a glorified member of the royal court of the Sweet Potato Queens,
the loose-knit organization of full-grown, wild women inspired
by the libidinous musings of author Jill Conner Browne in her
series of humorous books that began with the 1999 best seller,
The Sweet Potato Queens Book of Love.
As the Sweet Potato Queens grew into a social movement--complete
with an annual March convention and parade in Jackson, Miss.--the
membership recognized a bosom buddy in Jones. Recent albums like
Never Wear Panties to a Party and Every Man I Love
Is Either Married, Gay or Dead fit the SPQ aesthetic as snugly
as a size-too-small dress.
Not one to pass up a rowdy party or promotional gimmick, Jones
signed on as the club's official songstress and put together
her own Sweet Potato Queens' Big-Ass Box of Music. The
21-cut CD surveys several of the cheekiest songs from her repertoire,
such as "Gimme a Younger Man." Jones augments the best-of
list with several new tunes, including "Show Up Naked, Bring
Beer" and "I Could Get Over Him (If I Could Get Under
You)," which includes juicy couplets like "I'm tired
of being blue / Red hot's my kind of hue."
The tie-in has greatly boosted Jones' profile. On Jan. 10, she
performed several numbers on A Prairie Home Companion,
including a duet with host Garrison Keillor. She's also booking
club dates from California to Florida.
Musically, Jones is a robust vocalist who prefers comically exaggerated
arrangements set to swing, old-time rock, up-tempo blues and
country shtick. In "How Do You Like These Babies Now?,"
a woman celebrates her new breast implants (after being spurned
by a beau who leaves her for a younger, bustier rival) to a Benny
Goodman-style tune, complete with an Andrews Sisters chorus that
jazzily harmonizes the line, "bum-bum-tittie-bum-bum, tittie-tittie-bum-bum."
Jones has been hoeing this field since her days as the leader
of Ethel & The Shameless Hussies, a trio who put out an album
called Born to Burn for MCA Nashville in 1988; the disc
included the likes of "One Night Stan" and "Last
Night I Really Laid Down the Law," the latter about an intimate
negotiation with a police officer over a traffic ticket.
Jones has had brushes with bigger breakthroughs before, such
as when she contributed several numbers to the soundtrack to
the movie Sordid Lives, which won the Grand Jury Prize
at the New York Independent Film & Video Festival. And as
owner of Kinkajou Records, she releases albums by Kinky Friedman,
Alan Rhody and other singer-songwriters. This time, though, it
looks like she really is busting out all over.
Nashville Music Guide
Never Wear Panties to a Party/Artist: Kacey Jones -
Now for something completely different! Everyone laughs at Kacey
Jones, including the likes of USA Today, People Magazine, Billboard,
and the New York Times. Never-the-less, the girl has a lot of
soul and undisputed talent when it comes to putting a smile on
your face. Jones writes infectious melodies ranging from blues
to country and pop and wrote or co-wrote, not to mention produced,
all sixteen tracks on this CD including the bonus cut of "We
Need The Wood." One wonders if this lady can take anything
seriously, even sex. The answer lies in her music. This is a-gotta-have
album released on the independent IGO Records label. Find it
at your favorite record store or check the web at www.kaceyjones.com
Rating: Seven Stars
Words To Live By? Maybe...
By Amanda Collins
Worth a good listen? Definitely. Kacey
Jones says it all in her CD, Never Wear Panties To A Party.
Her lyrics, inspired by Jill Conner Browne's best-seller, Sweet
Potato Queens' Book of Love, will inspire the SPQ in all
of us, or at least provide a good laugh. You're probably asking,
"what's a Sweet Potato Queen?" Let me enlighten you.
The SPQs originated in Jackson, Mississippi. The ten "queens"
don red wigs, sparkling green dresses, crowns, and exaggerate
their female features for the annual St. Patrick's Day parade.
The SPQs have a following of "wannabes," and currently
boast over 7,000 members. Jones' official title, given by Browne
herself, is "Royal Minstrel to the Queens' Court."
Never Wear Panties to a Party is safely defined as "country music even a country-hating
punk rock chick can enjoy." It's got a playful tone with
a little bit of sexy thrown in. The title track "Never Wear
Panties to a Party" didn't have me emptying my underwear
drawer, but I did think twice. The album includes the "SPQ
Parade Anthem," and "I Wanna Be A Sweet Potato Queen."
Jones used to have a band on MCA Records,
Ethel and the Shameless Hussies, which she describes as "very
much on par with the Sweet Potato Queens." Jones is known
for "Kacey's Kitchen," a feature on Charlie & Darcy
Morning Show on ABC Radio.
Jones Has Song Worthy of Queens
by Sherry Lucas
The Sweet Potato Queens, who have long cornered the market on
green sequins and stuffing, are now enthroned with a new song,
thanks to Nashville singer/songwriter Kacey Jones.
She'll debut Be Particular, the officially sanctioned
SPQ theme song, at Friday night's Sweet Potato Queens Ball, and
sing it again at the street dance following Mal's St. Paddy's
"It's my maiden voyage" to the parade, Jones says.
"It'll be one of the highlights of my life, I'm sure."
Jones will also perform several songs from her new CD, Every
Man I Love Is Either Married, Gay, or Dead.
As it turns out, she's particularly suited to this theme
song task. For one thing, her CD's first single is a duet with
(SPQ fave) Delbert McClinton, You're the Reason Our Kids Are
Ugly (No. 1 in Europe seven weeks in a row).
Her producer, Zach Steed, turned her on to Jill Connor Browne's
books, The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love and God
Save the Sweet Potato Queens.
The tiara 'tude and sentiment struck home. Jones used to
have a band on MCA Records, Ethel and the Shameless Hussies,
"very much on par with the Sweet Potato Queens," Jones
says of the 1986-90 group. "We wore push-'em-up bras, beehive
hairdos, high heels and Spandex, animal print and fringe. Every
day was a costume party. And we weren't singing songs like You
Are My Sunshine." Theirs were a bit earthier, such as
I Thought He Was Mr. Right, But He Left, and that one
about getting out of a traffic ticket, Last Night I Really
Laid Down the Law.
After reading about the Sweet Potato Queens, "I thought,
you know, these girls need a theme song written by a professional
She describes Be Particular as "just a driving, swinging,
shuffle thing" and slips into singing it. She finished writing
it a week ago; it'll be recorded properly and made available
soon, she says. Jones will have her new CD for sale this weekend.
In addition to the duet with Delbert McClinton, it features Jones'
Till Dale Earnhardt Wins Cup #8 is(also available as a
commemorative single benefiting the Foundation for the Carolinas,
1-877-999-9975 or through her Web site, www.kaceyjones.com).
Every Man I Love Is Either Married, Gay or Dead
Kacey Jones (IGO)
Country singer Kacey Jones goes for laughs on her new album.
There's a long tradition of female country-music humorists --
from Minnie Pearl and Judy Canova to Catherine Bach and the Hee-Haw
girls -- and Kacey Jones fits right in.
Her title tune will resonate with those
women who agree that today's only desirable men "have a
ring on their hand/ are light on their feet/ or have a tombstone
over their head," as she puts it. "You're the Reason
Our Kids Are Ugly," a clever duet with rockabilly stalwart
Delbert McClinton, evokes an engaging spirit of connubial banter.
And "But I'm Not Bitter" nicely encapsulates the feelings
of a woman who can say, as she does with a more or less straight
face, "I hate your lousy, rotten, stinking guts, but I'm
While Jones is a competent, husky-voiced
singer, it's jarring to hear her singing a straight version of
"Over the Rainbow" amidst all this lampoonish humor.
But one ill-advised change of pace can't compromise an otherwise
thoroughly entertaining album. Jones had taken two years off
from performing to produce an album for Kinky Friedman, so this
represents a welcome return.
Bottom Line: Here's one Kacey who hasn't
-- RALPH NOVAK
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by Crispin Sartwell
C): People who could eventually be national treasures.
KaceyJones' album (IGO) Every Man I Love Is Either Married, Gay, or Dead (IGO) is quite the mixed bag. There are a lot of comedic cuts, that get your attention. Kacey has got something that will last if she uses it.
R & R
The Industry's Newspaper
October 6, 2000
Every Man I Love is Either...(IGO)
You have to appreciate anyone who would enlist Delbert McClinton
to join them on a reprise of and old Conway Twitty/Loretta Lynn
duet titled "You're the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly."
A former member of the late 80's MCA act Ethel & The Shameless
Hussies, Jones is an excellent singer. However, her penchant
for comic songs tends to make some people overlook this fact.
Referring to new album, Jones says, "I've always known my
strong suit is my live show, and that was my approach to this
particular collection of songs. I paced this album like an onstage
performance, taking the audience from the ridiculous to the sublime.
It's a little schizo, but it's never dull." Jones wrote
or co-wrote five of the songs, including "Till Dale Earnhardt
Wins Cup No. 8." As far as cover material, she includes
a Tom Waits tune and another written by her pal Kinky Friedman.
Country Line Magazine
Austin, Texas/September 2000
Every Man I Love is Either Married, Gay, or Dead
IGO Records/E Squared
Review by: Greg Roberts
If you are drowning in country-pop schmutz,
then you must grab on to the life preserver that is Kacey Jones.
This former lead singer for Ethel and The Shameless Hussies has
released this brand new CD with some real gutsy, edgy, hilarious,
meaningful and colorful recordings of some of the most original
and straightforward stuff you will ever have the pleasure of
hearing. No fluff and stuff here, this gal's probably the best
thing to happen to country music since Tammy Wynette first hit
the scene in the 60s. It's refreshing to me to hear "story"
songs again. Believe me, it's unusual to hear anything anymore
that's not the same old I love you, you love me kind of theme
that dominates todays radio waves. Starting with an eclectic
source of influences such as George Carlin, Willie Nelson, Mae
West, and Patsy Cline, you can imagine what might come out of
the mind of someone with those kind of thought patterns. She
has worked with such diverse artists as Delbert McClinton, Kinky
Friedman, Asleep at the Wheel, David Allen Coe and Lyle Lovett
to name a few. I gotta tell you, it's hard to make me laugh,
but one song on this CD was really twisted, one titled "But
I'm Not Bitter." A real male-basher it's true, but I still
had to laugh. Another favorite was "Christmas Card from
a Hooker in Minneapolis." A strange ending makes this one
hilarious. Kacey has three original songs in the soundtrack of
the forthcoming film, "Sordid Lives" starring Beau
Bridges, Olivia Newton-John, Delta Burke, Bonnie Bedalia and
Leslie Jordan. A diverse, interesting, sexy gal she is and definitely,
talent wise, a big bright beautiful rose in a field of daisies.
You will be doing yourself a favor by getting this one, take
it from me.
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Top Country Music & Life
September 13, 2000
Every Man I Love is Either Married, Gay, or Dead (IGO)
Most country music comedians are men. As a result we all
get a lot of the man's side of the story, and a one sided reflection
of the woman's view. Not anymore! Kacey Jones, one of the first
female country comedians, or should we say comediannes, is here
to rescue the downtrodden. Her newest cd is one that women certainly
will relate to and appreciate. Men should listen to it in order
to learn a lesson. Hilarious cuts from the cd are the title track
"Every Man I Loved is Either Married, Gay, or Dead,"
which reflects her experiences of dating, (or at least trying
to), and in a way many other women's experiences. In "Till
Dale Earnhardt Wins Cup #8," she uncannily hits the nail
on the head on many peoples chances in in love. Ironically, the
day the song was cut, Dale won! They considered chucking the
song, but edited it instead. One of her most hilarious is "I'm
Not Bitter..." A song that points to where we've all been.
A touching tribute on the cd is the infamous "Over The Rainbow"
in honor of her mother, whom she lost to leukemia a few years
ago. All things considered, Kacey Jones belongs in every woman's
(and man's) album collection!
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by Sandra Schulman
Kacey Jones calls herself a musical humorist but a serious vocalist.
She moved to Nashville in 1986 and has done it all - becoming
known as an entertainer, songwriter, publisher, producer and
Independent record label owner. But it hasn't all come easy and
at one point Jones lost her marriage, her house and her record
deal. She filed for bankruptcy and had literally hit bottom.
In 1987 she was signed to MCA Records with her group "Ethel
and The Shameless Hussies"; ten years later she was signed
to Curb Records as a solo artist and released an album of funny
songs called "Men Are Some Of My Favorite People".
But the ups and downs and pressure of being on a major label
soon pushed Kacey out on her own.
" After the Curb deal ended, I basically went out on my
own because I was tired of getting screwed - unless it was with
my permission, of course. I was tired of having my destiny dictated
to me by other people. I had an offer from a large publishing
house to be a writer, but I had a conversation with a friend
(and eventual financial backer) who suggested we start our own
label. So we did." She not only started two publishing houses
- Zamalama Music and Mamalama Music, but also started two labels
- one called Kinkajou Records with author/singer Texas Jewboy
Kinky Friedman, and another for her own work called IGO - Irritating
Gentile Optimist Records.
Kinkajou's first release was a tribute to Friedman himself, with
Kacey producing top notch singers Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett,
Dwight Yoakam, Asleep At The Wheel, Tom Waits and more, singing
Kinky's obscure songs. Within weeks of its release "Pearls
In The Snow: The Songs Of Kinky Friedman" was a number one
Gavin Americana hit.
September 2000 finds Jones releasing her first album on her own
label. Every Man I Love Is Either Married, Gay Or Dead is a more
rounded collection than her previous work. The title track is
a hoot, but the album also has songs like the bittersweet ballad
"Geography", and a song that Jones wrote for her rescued
dog Peanut called "Peanut Sonata". It showcases Jones
quirky sense of gentle man bashing humor, but also her dusky
vocals and more serious side.
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"You're The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly"
is the first single off musical humorist/serious vocalist Kacey
Jones' latest CD, Every Man I Love is Either Married, Gay,
or Dead. The song's a laugh-out-loud duet with Delbert McClinton,
and was a hit in 1978 for Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty.
"I've liked this song ever since I
heard Conway and Loretta's version years ago," declares
Kacey. "Delbert's 7-year-old Delaney also liked it ... and
refers to it as 'Daddy's funny song'."
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Every Man I Love is Either Married, Gay, or Dead
by Bruce L. Parrott
One of the highlights, and the first single, is a duet with Delbert
McClinton on the old Conway/Loretta classic You're the Reason
Our Kids Are Ugly. There are some comparisons to make between
Kacey and Loretta - An appreciation for humor in good traditional
country music and the ability to flat-out sing, just to let everyone
know they're serious. Jones had a hand in writing six out of
12 cuts here with some interesting covers thrown in; Tom Waits'
Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis, Kinky
Friedman's Geography and the classic Over The Rainbow.
One listen to But I'm Not Bitter and you'll agree that
if Engvall, Foxworthy, Wilson, Judd and Kacey had a Texas Cage
Match, it would be Ms. Jones that emerged victorious.
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Every Man I Love Is Either Married, Gay, or Dead
by Kevin Toelle
Kacey Jones is certainly one multi-talented
lady. Singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer (she was behind
the board for Kinky Friedman's critically acclaimed 1999 CD Pearls
In The Snow), Jones is best known for the humorous songs
she first performed in the '80s with her band Ethel And The Shameless
Hussies. But her humor often masks a deep sensitivity, as she
demonstrates on this new disc released on her own IGO (which
stands for Irritating Gentile Optimist) label.
Ballads like the original "Collector of People" and
a bittersweet reading of Friedman's "Geography" prove
that this gal can deliver more than laughs. She also delves into
straight country, minor-key blues with a rumba break ("I
Didn't Feel A Thing"), and even tackles a quirky Tom Waits
song with a jazzy feel ("Christmas Card From A Hooker in
Minneapolis"). But she hasn't abandoned her wicked sense
of humor entirely. The telling title song presents a daunting
dilemma in a most hilarious fashion while her duet with Delbert
McClinton on a song originally made famous by Conway Twitty and
Loretta Lynn, "You're The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly"
(which features Willie Nelson's fine harmonicist Micky Raphael),
is about as funny as country music can get.
We can only hope that someday this sincere
and talented woman will someday find a man who is single, straight,
and stands six feet over the grass rather than laying the same
Cleveland Country Magazine
"Every Man I Love is Either..."
by Lee Barrish
With Every Man I Love is Either Married,
Gay, or Dead, Kacey Jones proves there's a big difference in
being an act thatis novel and being a novelty act.
This gal is both songbird and humorist
that has a voice that had obviously been groomed for loftier
material than she writes and covers, but it works. The titletrack
is all the chuckle-fest that title implies. "Till Dale Earnhardt
Wins Cup #8" finds Jones "cutting off" her mate
till the aforementioned race driver wins again.
The covers include Conway Twitty and Loretta
Lynn's "You're The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly" , and
a brilliant rendering of Tom Waits' "Christmas Card From
A Hooker In Minneapolis".
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Midwest Country News
Vol 15 · No. 7
Des Moines, IA
"Every Man I Love Is Either Married, Gay, or Dead"
by Barbara Hays-Ackley
Kacey Jones, a musical humorist/serious
vocalist, is a favorite to a legion of fans including morning
and afternoon drivetime deejays at radio stations coast to coast.
Rhubarb Jones, WYAY, Atlanta, Georgia, says, "Kacey is a
unique blend of music and comedy. Our morning show audience loves
her here in Atlanta. To sum it up Kacey Jones is what you'd
get if June Carter Cash and Mary Chapin Carpenter had a baby."
The IGO Records, Inc. CD (out of Nashville)
is the ideal collection to add to your own personal collection!
Not only is it fun to listen to, the vocals are fantastic
as is the instrumentation!
Former lead singer of the infamous trio,
Ethel and The Shameless Hussies (MCA), Kacey Jones returns to
the stage after a three year detour as Producer of 1999's critically
acclaimed, "Pearls in the Snow, The Songs of Kinky Friedman".
Her previous album, "Men Are Some of My Favorite People"
(Curb 1997), established her as a favorite!
When you want a smile, a picker-upper,
or an album to share with a friend for the heck or it, Kacey's
Every Man I Love Is Either Married, Gay, or Dead, is perfect
for that something-different-to-listen-to time!! Be prepared
to hear a true country sound, be prepared to laugh, and be prepared
to take the time to listen again and again as you share it with
others it's good!!
Every Man I Love Is Either Married,
Gay, or Dead, was written by Rich
Fagan and Sharyn Lane. It's very well written by from the beginning
to the very fantastic end!
Delbert McClinton joined Kacey to singn
the duet You're The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly a song
written by L.E. White and Lola Jean Dillon, and a song that might
take you back a few years as you pick up on "that certain
sound" to remind you of other such crazy duets done by some
of our country classics!
Other songs include Till Dale Earnhardt
Wins Cup #8, written by Kacey Jones and Sharyn Lane; Christmas
Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis by Tom Waits; Chicken
or Dumplins (with Jonell Mosser), written by Beverly Threadgill
and Wayne Womack; Love Handle by Kacey Jones and
Jerry Vandiver; Geography by Kinky Friedman; Collector
of People by Kacey Jones; I Didn't Feel A Thing by
Kacey Jones and Sharyn Lane; But I'm Not Bitter by Kacey
Jones and Steve Bloch; Over The Rainbow (very well done!),
Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg; Peanut Sonata by Kacey
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San Antonio News Express
August 24, 2000
Best song title: A tie between two from Nashville singer/producer
Kacey Jones, who was pushing her new indie album between sessions.
It features a duet with Delbert McClinton called "You're
the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly" and the title track, "Every
Man I Love Is Either Married, Gay or Dead."
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Country Music Magazine - August/September 2000
by Ken Spooner
"No. 3 With a Bullet"
-A Nashville Songwriter lands in the winner's circle with a song
Nashville singer Kacey Jones didn't know
much about racing when she first performed at a NASCAR event.
But by the time she left, she knew seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt
was battling a dry spell.
One-time leader of the group Ethel and the Shameless Hussies,
Jones likes taking a humorous look at life. Some country fans
may recognize her songs "I Miss My Man (But My Aim's Getting
Better)" or "1-900-BUBBA."
After her NASCAR experience, Jones found
herself wishing that Earnhardt could win an unprecedented eighth
Winston Cup. With friend Sharyn Lane, she wrote a song about
a female Earnhardt fan who refuses to do anything until her beloved
racing hero gains his goal. The song, "Till Dale Earnhardt
Wins Cup #8", is a big hit with race fans, who line up to
buy it at NASCAR events.
Jones is donating a portion of her profits
to two charities: Speedway Children's Charities in Harrisburg,
North Carolina, and to the cancer support organization Gilda's
Club in Nashville. The single is available at www.kinkajourecords.com
or by calling 1-877-999-9975 during weekday business hours.
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April 2000 - www.Sonicnet.com - Feature article:
Kacey Jones Gets Serious
On New Album
Singer/songwriter's Every Man I Love Is Either Married, Gay,
or Dead isn't all humor.
Contributing Editor Lauren
NASHVILLE - Label owner,
producer and singer/songwriter Kacey Jones splices her comedic
bent with sensibility on her upcoming album, Every Man I Love
Is Either Married, Gay, or Dead.
"With this album I
was ready to express both sides of myself," Jones said.
"There is nothing more satisfying as a musical humorist
than to make an audience laugh. But in the same breath, it is
just as exciting to move people with a sad song. So there are
a couple of cuts on here that will surprise people."
Jones tempers her comedy
in this collection with the virtually unknown Kinky Friedman
ballad "Geography," as well as an emotional rendition
of her mother's favorite song, "Over the Rainbow."
Jones also collaborates
with Delbert McClinton for a remake of the Loretta Lynn/Conway
Twitty tune "You're the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly,"
and soulful singer Jonell Mosser lends her voice to "Chicken
Another standout on the
12-song release is the Tom Waits song "Christmas Card From
a Hooker in Minneapolis."
"Tom Waits is my songwriting
hero," Jones said. "I've been playing this song live
for 15 years, and I'm so glad I'm able to finally put it on an
Even Jones' dog shares the spotlight, adding background vocals
to "Peanut Sonata. "Peanut was one of the first dogs
rescued by country singer/mystery novelist Friedman's Utopia
Ranch organization, which will benefit from sales of this album.
"She looks like the lovechild of Benji and Toto - so even
if she sings terribly, you have to forgive her," Jones said.
Jones and Friedman teamed
up to form Kinkajou Records, and she produced his tribute album
- a tribute to himself - called Pearls in the Snow: The Songs
of Kinky Friedman, which reached #1 on the Gavin Americana
chart in 1999. The collection featured such notable guests as
Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, Lyle Lovett, McClinton, Lee Roy
Parnell and Asleep at the Wheel.
In Nashville in the late
1980s, Jones formed the trio Ethel and the Shameless Hussies,
who enjoyed a brief stint on the MCA Nashville roster and had
two singles on the Billboard charts, "One Nite Stan"
and "It's Just the Whiskey Talkin'." In 1998 she signed
with MCG/Curb for the album Men Are Some of My Favorite People.
Jones said that some major
labels are interested in the forthcoming effort, but the advance
single, "Till Dale Earnhardt Wins Cup #8," is on her
Irritating Gentile Optimist Records.
"You might ask, 'How
could someone go from Kinky Friedman to Dale Earnhardt? They
are like two different planets,' " Jones said.
The inspiration for the
song came from her involvement as an entertainer in "Ladies
Night in the Garage," a fund-raiser sponsored by Speedway
Children's Charities. "Someone suggested I write a song
about Dale Earnhardt's quest for the eighth championship cup
and, at the time, it was like this person was speaking Egyptian
to me," said Jones. "I had no idea what she was talking
about, but I didn't want to be a phony. So I got into it and,
in the process, really became a big NASCAR fan. It's not just
about a bunch of guys turning left."
The song describes a wife
going on strike from household duties until Earnhardt grabs the
brass ring. "I have a reputation for writing a kinder, gentler
form of male-bashing," Jones said.
Proceeds from the single
will benefit Speedway Children's Charities and the Nashville
chapter of Gilda's Club, a cancer-support center founded by Gene
Wilder in memory of his wife, Gilda Radner.
"Till Dale Earnhardt
Wins Cup #8" is available online on Jones' Kinkajou website
Jones is planning a tour
to support the forthcoming album.
[ Thurs., April 27, 2000
8:48 AM EDT ]
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Country Weekly - May 2000
by Larry Holden
Legendary race car driver
Dale Earnhardt is tied with Richard Petty for seven (count 'em
seven!) Winston Cup Championships. Dale's goal for the 2000 racing
season is to win an eighth cup, making him the all-time cup winner.
This is the subject of the new, rowdy, rip-roaring single, "Till
Dale Earnhardt Wins Cup No. 8" by musical humorist Kacey
"The song is a rally
cry for all of Dale's dedicated fans." acknowledges Kacey,
whose live comedy album on Curb Records is Men Are Some of
My Favorite People. "My hope is that it will bring Dale
some extra good luck
- and at the same time raise money for two great charities."
Part of the song's proceeds
goes to Speedway Children's Charities , which funds children's
groups, and Gilda's Club Nashville, a support organization for
people with cancer. The Earnhardt CD may be purchased online
at www.kinkajourecords.com or by calling toll free: (877) 999-9975.
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