Published Mar 18, 2016The renewed interest in American primitive guitar continues to grow, but for some, like Glenn Jones, the sound has long served as a calling. Jones first came onto the scene during the original revival of post-Fahey primitivists, around the time of the late Jack Rose and his collaborative project Pelt.
With a penchant for obscure tunings and handcrafted capos, Jones' music explores the more narrative side of the guitar and banjo with instrumental compositions that exhibit structure and motifs, evoking at times the sparseness of Bruce Langhorn's soundtrack to The Hired Hand ("Spokane River Falls"), the transcendent wanderings of Robbie Basho ("Gone Before) or Fahey's The Yellow Princess record ("In Durance Vile").
On Fleeting, Jones firmly establishes his sense of seniority on the fingerpicking scene with his most refined album yet. An ode to the fleeting moments that govern our lives, these ten compositions mark Jones' place as a modern virtuoso of finger-style guitar, a venerable storyteller and perhaps the brightest torchbearer on the American Primitive scene today. (Thrill Jockey)