I'M IN CHARGE! When Art and Commerce Collide! ANI DIFRANCO - COURTNEY LOVE - KACEY JONES

Dishmag Team | Aug 17, 2020

             

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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