January Jams: Tameca Jones
For Fans of: Gary Clark Jr., The Broadcast, The Suffers, Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics
When local Austin, TX native Tameca Jones opens her mouth and sings, jaws hit ground. Her honeyed
and powerful vocals have been captivating her hometown for a little over ten years.
Tameca spent years skillfully and tastefully breathing new life into the music of others. She made a
name for herself as the “Queen of Austin Soul,” blowing minds with her tasteful and vibrant
interpretations of a diverse list of artists that include Tina Turner, Nirvana, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, and
more. The Austin Chronicle called her interpretations “sonic pretzels” that “juxtapose(s) crunchy
jaggedness with her infectious, honeyed voice.” Her WTF ability to go from soulful wailing to silky coos
has won her devoted fans, accolades, and some high profile situations opening for Austin super stars
Gary Clark Jr., Max Frost, Bob Schneider and other big touring acts. She received major love from
Billboard Magazine for her white hot performance at the 2015 Austin Music Awards, where she paid
tribute to late beloved musician Ian McLagan alongside legends like Steven Van Zandt, Charlie Sexton,
Alejandro Escovedo, and Patty Griffin. Billboard said she “raised the roof,” while The Austin Chronicle
called her performance “showstopping.”
Guitar deity and fellow Austinite Gary Clark Jr., who faithfully attended Tameca’s shows whenever he
was in town, asked her to sing on the song “Wings” for his latest album, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim.
Rolling Stone called the song a “slinky duet,” while Andy Langer for Esquire Magazine called the song
one of the best songs in the month of September and noted that “the tweaky processing of Austin soul
starlet Tameca Jones’ voice adds an early-Parliament-like trippiness.”
Tameca made her festival debut at the 2015 Austin City Limits Festival. Austin360 wrote that her “big,
sweet, soulful voice” kicked off the festival in the most epic of ways. Her music filled the morning air and
the crowd around her grew bigger and bigger as her set went on. She ended the set with her debut
single, “Hot and Bothered,” a Motown inspired cut produced by Josh Moore (Max Frost). The track is on
both Spotify and iTunes. Independent music site, The Joy of Violent Movement, called “Hot and
Bothered” “a sexy and slinky and old-school soul-inspired” song that is “contemporary and upbeat.”
Tameca Jones is set to release her highly anticipated debut EP in February. There is little doubt that she
will soon be the next big name to break out of Texas.
Doors open at 7:15pm.