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Sam C. Jones Channels 60s Country Vocals in ‘Minnesota’

By Margaret Adams

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Americana artist Sam C. Jones recently released his new album Overdue Confessions II, which features the fun new single “Minnesota.” The Virginia native began his singing career as Elvis Presley in the hit play Million Dollar Quartet, and has not stopped singing since. 

Overdue Confessions II is Jones’ first full-length album, including ten songs and a bonus track featuring Sidney Raey-Gonzales. Throughout his career, Jones has supported national touring acts, including Ryan Cabrera, Lincoln Durham, and Creed Bratton of The Office.

“Minnesota” is reminiscent of a Brandi Carlile tune, melodic with a bit of twangy guitar and groovy piano. This provides a great background for his 60s-sounding vocals, transporting the listener right into the nostalgic setting outside of a barn with two childhood friends, now adults. 

“I wrote this song about a dear childhood friend who moved away when we were in middle school, and now I only see her at family gatherings at the holidays,” Jones said. “We are part of a group of kids whose parents were all friends when we were born – we refer to each other as our ‘chosen family.’ She lives in Minnesota now, and I was inspired to write this song after seeing her for the first time in two years at my sister’s wedding.”

Fans of Jason Isbell, Cat Stevens, and Woody Guthrie will enjoy Jones’ new single, “Minnesota.” 

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Margaret Adams, Contributing Writer at Alchemical Records

Margaret Adams

Margaret Adams is a Psychology major and Rhetoric and Writing minor at The Catholic University of America from New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition to her work with Alchemical, she writes for CUA’s student newspaper, The Tower, and has recently been named Quill Editor. She enjoys reading, writing, and looking at pictures of her dog, Bella.

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