Glenn Jones

The Giant Who Ate Himself and Other New Works For 6 & 12 String Guitar

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Glenn Jones is an instrumentalist of unparalleled skill and creativity. As a masterful raconteur Jones’ guitar work is both complex and sublime, intricate and emotional. His deep knowledge of the world of American Primitive music and his abilities on the fretboard have made Jones a pillar in his community. With each album Jones chronicles his experience, looking to the past or capturing the present with limber melodies that potently communicate the underlying emotions of the songs. Jones’ flair for storytelling shines in a live setting where origin stories are quite often the song’s introduction. It not only makes for an exceptional evening of listening, but one that draws on the deep traditions of country blues. The Giant Who Ate Himself and Other New Works for 6 & 12 String Guitar is Glenn Jones at his most vivid, exploring memories old and new through beautifully woven threads of melody.

Like his 2013 album My Garden State, The Giant who Ate Himself was recorded in New Jersey by Laura Baird, Jones’ home state through his formative years before moving permanently to Boston. The people whom Jones surrounded himself with too share a presence in the pieces throughout the album. “A Different Kind of Christmas Carol” took on an entirely new life for Jones after his curmudgeonly, Scrooge-like introduction to the song at a show in Pennsylvania was met with beaming enthusiasm from a child. The arching journey of “From Frederick To Fredericksburg” recounts a day Jones spent with old friend and collaborator the late Jack Rose while visiting renowned 78 collector Joe Bussard and their journey home late into the night. The album’s title is itself is an homage for Jones’ mentor John Fahey, whose friendship with Jones spanned 25 year s. By giving glimpses of the colorful personalities who have affected him, Jones’ The Giant Who Ate Himself in turn shows us who he is: a master of his craft, continuing to reach for more.

Glenn Jones: The Giant Who Ate Himself and Other New Works For 6 & 12 String Guitar

The Giant Who Ate Himself Glenn Jones 4' 42''
Everything Ends Glenn Jones 3' 21''
The Last Passenger Pigeon Glenn Jones 7' 17''
The Was And The Is Glenn Jones 2' 08''
A Different Kind Of Christmas Carol Glenn Jones 2' 56''
River In The Sky Glenn Jones 1' 59''
From Frederick To Fredericksburg Glenn Jones 4' 26''
Even The Snout And The Tail Glenn Jones 5' 26''
Elliot Audrey Born Today Glenn Jones 3' 46''
The Sunken Amusement Park Glenn Jones 2' 05''

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