Blues, Ballads & Chansons de Geste
Spartacus Jones is a singer/songwriter originally from Chicago's infamous south side, now living in his adopted hometown of Ithaca, New York. A musician since his early teens, his first influences included Elvis, Neil Diamond, Lou Rawls, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ella Fitzgerald, and Frank Sinatra. He seamlessly combining elements of blues, jazz, country, rock, folk and flamenco. "I'm sort of genre-fluid," he says.
"A song is like a three-minute movie. Every good song tells a story. Every story has a story-teller. And every story-teller has a voice. That voice could be jazz or blues or country or who-knows-what. I just try to find the right voice to tell the right story."
"Chanson de geste is a kind of obscure term. Maybe I better explain that. It means "songs of heroic deeds," and goes back to the 11th Century. Forerunner of the chivalric romance. I borrowed the term for songs about courage. Defiance. Going against the odds."
"I also like songs about love. And freedom. And horses. I like songs that say something important about the human condition.A good song can make you forget. Or it can make you remember. I only write about things I feel strongly about, and I want you to feel that, too. I want you to laugh with me, cry with me, get angry as hell and we're not going to take it anymore."
"I've been making up music since I was a little kid. Wrote my first real song -- it was awful, too -- at twelve. Maybe thirteen. I can't NOT do it. It's like a mild form of Turrets Syndrome. Check out some of my tunes. Let me know what you think. Maybe you'll dig it, maybe you won't. Either way, thanks for listening."