Posted by Dee-Ann On September - 5 - 20171,833 views

Jim Jones and The Righteous Mind is a Rock n Roll band from London  that was formed about two years ago ..

The first creative sessions and recordings began immediately after the last concert of The Jim Jones Revue (my previous band).
The Righteous Mind are interested in all things Rock n Roll, which for me means the true spirit of independence ..
I am not interested in Rock and ‘Role’ ..
Role play is not Rock n Roll ..

How did your love for this music start?

JIM JONES:When I was very young, maybe 6 years old; my parents bought themselves a new ‘modern’ record player, and me and my sister inherited their old Dansette machine, and with it, all the singles that had belonged to my Dad and his brother when they were younger (50s & 60s). In amongst these 45s and 78s were Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Larry Williams, Sandy Nelson, and of course: Elvis Presley .. Rock n Roll

Because we were so young and kind of proud to have this machine and the discs etc. we made a powerful attachment to the music .. of course it didn’t hurt that the music happened to be incredible, powerful, archetypal Rock n Roll .. it was very easy to love !

Where do you get your inspiration for your songs?

JIM JONES: The inspiration comes from many different places, but mostly from a feeling.
.. I get a feeling and I want to figure out how to express that using the ingredients of Rock’n’Roll .. We haven’t regularly played any cover songs with The Righteous Mind .. but we played a stripped down set at a party once.

And the tunes that came across the best were Johnny Burnette’s Lotta Lovin’ and The Velvet Underground’s Run Run Run .. In the past I’ve done a lot of Little Richard, and Elvis stuff which was always fun .. The Coasters too.

Jim Jones

What are your do’s and don’ts on stage?
JIM JONES: I make a point of choosing players that know their way around in the first place so I don’t need to give them too much direction in how to dress or whatever.

But I would never have anyone get on my stage that didn’t have some kind of look .. I wouldn’t have anyone on my stage that was dressed in ‘active wear’ for example, you know; trainers and sweatpants etc. My ethos for performance is: take your work seriously, but not yourself .. If you can’t ‘bring it’ get off the stage .. kick out the jams !

Do you like other styles than rockandroll?

JIM JONES: Rock n Roll is everything … everything that’s good .. and that’s a lot !

For me; that encompasses all the good stuff that comes out of all roots music.

I’m quite picky though .. there’s a lot of shit out there.

Is there an artist you would like to work with in future?

JIM JONES: I’m open to any suggestions .. there’s not that much that I’m impressed with these daze.

I have a soft spot for CW Stoneking, and JD McPherson, I keep in touch with Paul Pigat, who is a phenomenal guitar player .. we’ve spoken about doing something together, just haven’t decided what yet ..

I recently recorded a live LP for Boogie Piano monster Henri Herbert.

That should available quite soon.

Where would you like to play?

JIM JONES: It’s been a while since I had a chance to play in Germany .. I’d love to get on at Hurricane / Southside Festival.

Tell us a fun story about your band or gig.

JIM JONES: Matt Millership, who plays piano for us now, is the 3rd piano player.

The first was Henri Herbert who was committed to continuing with me and Gavin after the JJR split, but he got a lot of good offers to play straight boogie woogie shows after a YouTube clip of him playing in a train station went viral.

I managed to replace him with a great player Joe Glossop .. but right when it was time to start playing some live shows he got a phone call to go and play with Tom Jones .. he couldn’t refuse .. so there I was again with no piano player and, I tell you; they’re not like guitar players, ie. there aren’t that many around. So I was super lucky to persuade Matt Millership to join the band !

Q9: Do you regret anything? Missed chance, big mistake, …

Q9 JIM JONES: I met Bono once and told him his band had done a shit version of Helter Skelter, which probably wasn’t the smartest career move ever ..

Q10: What are your future plans?

Q 10 JIM JONES: More Bigger Better

Q11: Finish this sentence: we will never ever….

Q11 JIM JONES: .. forever, amen


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