-Jones reminds me a little of friend of the site Kyle Cox. There’s a nice twang to the guitars, which works really nice with the endearing lyrics. It has that tongue-in-cheek humor so often the case in classic country music like Johnny Cash or Hank Sr. It’s a fun semi-romantic song that’ll get you moving…”Ear To The Ground Music””


In the vein of the Old 97s and The Jayhawks, Jones has crafted music that’s stuck solidly between country and rock. You can hear the first track on the album, “Black To Blue,” above. It’s twangy, catchy, and lyrically wry.”

Jerad Walker, OPBMusic

James Eliot Jones

2021: On September 6 2021 James Eliot Jones released “ Carnival of Fools” the 1 st of 5 singles from the EP “ Lost Sons of the Mojave “. To be released one a month through January 2022.  This is the second release for the longtime Battleme Guitarist with his band the Needs. Which also includes Battleme guitarist and Drummer Randal Blaschke and Scott Noben, and Portland luthier Ryan Lynn on slide guitars and keys

2018: At the end of last summer James Eliot Jones and his girlfriend  gave up they’re  house in portland Or and moved into an airstream in the Mojave Desert outside of Twentynine Palms, Ca.  In the last 2 years between european tours as guitar player in Battleme. writing and recording a record with both Battleme and his Portland based band The Needs. Producing the Savage Family Band debut and countless shows up and down the west coast. They’d managed to shed most of their possessions and get all the way unplugged-off grid. out in the sand. James brought along a bare bones recording rig and capture the gritty vibe of the desert. tracking 4 new songs live in an 8x8 shed, you can hear the wind blowing through the rafters if you listen closely… 

The Shed Sessions Vol. 1.  out June 7.