Cotton Jones

Michael Nau announces Some Twist 6/16/17

by Woody on April 11, 2017

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Michael Nau has a nice career with bands Page France and Cotton Jones, a band that Oz (remember that guy?) really enjoyed. He’s set to release his second solo album, Some Twist via the fine folks at Suicide Squeeze Records.

The new remind of the mellower aspects of Kevin Morby and it also kicks off a bit of a Matthew E. White vibe as well. I’m really digging these tracks and this album is a nice push forward from 2016’s Mowing.

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Cotton Jones is the new project from Michael Nau and Whitney McGraw of Page France and their debut album Paranoid Cocoon sounds almost nothing like their former band. The sound of Cotton Jones abandons any pop sentiment and takes a pensive approach that is apropos for the gloomy happenings out in the real world.

Paranoid Cocoon sounds like a folk album The Doors may have made. It’s pouring down rain in the Bay area and their low-fi sound in the perfect accompaniment. Nau’s baritone voice and McGraw’s sweet sound create splendid harmonies and the lo-fi recording gives the album an otherworldy feel.‚  Standout tracks include “Up a Tree (Went This Heart I Have),” “Gotta Cheer Up,” “Cotton and Velvet” and “Blood Red Sentimental Blues.” Lo-fi has its place and it works on this album, but after hearing Cotton Jones perform “Cotton and Velvet” on Daytrotter, I’d like to hear crisper recordings to bring out the vocals. I guess that just gives me more reason to track them down at SXSW 2009.

If you are looking for a pick me up, this ain’t the album. But if you’d like to escape into the foggy, damp backwoods and simply get lost for awhile, Cotton Jones is the lantern that lights your path. The debut full-length,‚  Paranoid Cocoon, is out now on Suicide Squeeze Records.

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Cotton Jones – Gotta Cheer Up

Cotton Jones – Blood Red Sentimental Blues

Tour dates:

2/24 — Grand Rapids, MI — Johnny’s Cave Cafƒ©*
3/11 — Cleveland, OH — Beachland Tavern*
3/12 — Chicago, IL — Schubas
3/13 — De Kalb, IL — The House Cafƒ©*
3/14 — Chicago, IL — Empty Bottle
3/15 — Kansas City, MO — The Record Bar
3/18 — Austin, TX — Red Eyed Fly (SXSW)***
3/17 — Fort Worth, TX — Lola Stockyards*
3/21 — Birmingham, AL — Bottletree
3/22 — Chapel Hill, NC — Local 506
3/23 — Washington, DC — Black Cat Backstage
3/24 — Philadelphia, PA — First Unitarian Church
3/25 — New York, NY — Le Poisson Rouge
3/26 — Brooklyn, NY — Union Hall*
3/27 — Providence, RI — AS220*
3/29 — Hamden, CT — The Space*
3/30 — Baltimore, MD — The Ottobar*
3/31 — Scranton, PA — The Bog*
4/1 — Pittsburgh, PA — Thunderbird Cafƒ©*
4/2 — Bowling Green, OH — Howard’s Club H
*Cotton Jones only
**Suicide Squeeze Showcase

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Cotton Jones – Gotta Cheer Up [new mp3]

by oz on November 24, 2008

Cotton Jones is the new project from Michael Nau and Whitney McGraw of Page France. The forthcoming debut full length,‚  Paranoid Cocoon, is due out January 27, 2009 on Suicide Squeeze Records. I’m going to classify the sound as backwoods psychedelic. Enjoy the first track released, “Gotta Cheer Up.”

Cotton Jones – Gotta Cheer Up

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