The Jones Family Will Make a Way

March 31, 2015

The Jones Family Singers – "Down On Me" from Arts+Labor on Vimeo.

I didn;’t make it to SXSW this year, but The Jones Family Will Make a Way is a documentary I’m looking forward to seeing. It’s about a hard-scrabble Texas gospel group championed by Michael Corcoran, an atheist rock critic who ultimately ushers them into a recording studio owned by Jim Eno of the band Spoon.

The Joneses are a Pentecostal bishop, his wife, seven kids and now, a host of grandchildren. The family performs in churches and occasionally in bars, refusing to back away from the “message” of their music, even for the sake of commercial appeal.


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