The coal miner's son Stone Jack Jones premieres the video for "Jackson" from Zack Spiger, off the album Ancestor from Western Vinyl. With a production hand from Roger Moutenot, it's an album that harkens back to the ancestral trails of Jones' family history, which go back four decades in the mining business of Buffalo Creek, West Virginia.
Like in the Johnny Cash/June Carter classic, the carefree pastures, fields, and farms of "Jackson" are bathed in sepia tones to bring the rustic American gothic into a modern frame. Bridges, fields, reflections, intimate moments, and floodgates of memories are dealt like hands of cards, brokered by someone in a bunny suit. "I know you're not hiding you just slipped away, down some rabbit hole, someplace to stay when I'm in Jackson, the stars don't fall from up above on Jackson." The bronzed gold lens look-back on love shared and time passed gets melded with the present, where the conventions of time are brokered by a wayward rabbit. The soft strings carry you into the spell of wishing wells, while the sensation of sipping whiskey on the porch and measures counted on clocks become immaterial—all glancing back like gazing ahead at 20,000 miles of road. Drawing from his own Nashville by West Virginia background, Jack describes "Jackson" in the following statement:
"So this is what it’s like falling down the rabbit hole. one rabbit, one Alice, a Jack, an imaginary friend (we all need one), a bit of Bulleit, the heavenly delta and the mysterious crossroads where Robert Johnson did some negotiating. We found several of those. Several of his tombstones too. And even the street where he staggered away to death with his poisoned whiskey. The final rabbit hole. May he rest in peace."
Stone Jack Jones' Ancestor is available now from Western Vinyl, and will be playing the following dates:
25 Nashville, TN – East Room #
26 Hattiesburg, MS – Thirsty Hippo
27 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald's +
28 Austin, TX – Stubbs Jr. +
16 Nashville, TN – Stone Fox *
# w/ Marissa Nadler
+ w/ Robert Francis
# w/ Luray and Honey Locust