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The Live Wire

Nov 29, 2011 10:38PM ● Published by Anonymous

Give a quick listen to his song, “Floor,” and it’s like you’ve stepped back into the glory days of Motown.

In it, Jones layers vocals upon vocals, and backs up his sliding guitar with a funky bass line. The buildup to the explosive chorus, followed soon by a bare breakdown, draws the listener into his subject matter. He doesn’t just sing about getting lost on the dance floor, he actually creates the sensation.

But, check out his teaser for “Kisses,” and you’ll find a different side to the Easton-based musician. “Kisses” is reflective, peaceful, and simple. All that’s on the track are his voice, guitar, and insight. So, where did it all come from?

“My lacrosse teammates urged me to join the choir because I sang constantly,” says Jones, adding, “And it was on from there.”

He started playing the guitar and singing during his senior year at Easton High. There, his choir director, Bill Thomas, took on what Jones describes as the tall task of wrangling his untrained voice. Afterwards, he headed to Washington College, started singing in the Vocal Consort, and formed his first band.

“Music,” he says, “quickly became a constant in my life.”

 

Now Jones lists his influences as Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, Jay-Z, Sam Cooke, and all of Motown. But, that’s just the short list—what really influences him is great art in general. And, it shows in his lyrics.

“The themes I touch on in my music are the basic big “L’s”: Life and Love. Every artist has the liberty to approach them from their own unique perspective.” And, once he starts creating, he just can’t stop. “I write and listen to music tirelessly. I can’t help it.”

At the time of this interview, Jones expected his self-titled album to come out in early winter. So, hunt around, and buy a copy. As he says, it’s been a long time coming.

To find out more about the album, or to look for upcoming performance dates, visit Jones’ Facebook page at Facebook.com/pages/Kentavius-Jones- Music/23568850632.

Playlist

A selection of notable artists
playing area venues.


12/2 Andrea Bocelli at Verizon Center, D.C.
World-renowned vocalist

12/3 All Mighty Senators at the 8x10 Club, Baltimore
Locals’ favorite funk rock outfit

12/4 Donna the Buffalo at Rams Head OnStage, Annapolis
Roots rock jamband

12/6 Robert Cray Band at Rams Head OnStage, Annapolis
Amazing blues guitarist

12/9 Ingrid Gerdes at the Avalon Theatre, Easton
Singer/songwriter offers eclectic mix of styles from southern soul to ballads

12/10 Graham Colton at the NightCat, Easton
Pop/rock singer/songwriter

12/11 1964 The Tribute at Rams Head OnStage, Annapolis
Remarkable Beatles tribute band

12/14 Rob Levit Holiday Showcase at Maryland Hall, Annapolis
Annual holiday concert featuring top local talent

12/15 Lyle Lovett at Rams Head Live, Baltimore
Country crooner plays acoustic this tour

12/16–18 Live Arts Maryland at Maryland Hall, Annapolis
Performing Handel’s “Messiah”

12/17 Jingle Bell Jam at The Whiskey,Annapolis
Featuring The Cherry People and The Nowheremen

12/28 Dark Star Orchestra at Rams Head Live, Baltimore
Revisit a Grateful Dead concert played to a “t”

12/29 O’Malley’s March at Rams Head OnStage, Annapolis
Governor Martin O’Malley takes the stage with his Irishrock band

12/31 New Year’s Eve with Deanna Bogart at Rams Head OnStage, Annapolis
Boogie woogie in the New Year in style

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