It's been a couple of years since Dallas' Grant Jones & the Pistol Grip Lassos released their last album, a self-titled disc of supremely straight-forward country. For the new album, however, Jones chose to follow an inspired vision he's harbored for the last few years.
Saints, Sinners & Liars will be a digital-only release for now, and paints Jones as a storyteller, but the sonic nature of the album is also unique. Recorded at Junius Studios in Dallas, there's not a single acoustic guitar to be heard, and the drums blast with a startling urgency that never allows the listener to be a bystander. As for a thematic concept, the collection of tunes is tied together by the stories of a small town and the down and out residents who have tales to tell.
If this album had been released a couple of weeks ago, it would've absolutely made its way onto our best local releases of 2012 1/2. For an early taste, hit Jones' ReverbNation page and check out "Holding On," a heartbreaking duet with Amber Farris of Somebody's Darling. In advance of tonight's album release show at LaGrange, Jones gave us a quick rundown of the stories that lie within Saints, Sinners & Liars.