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Tano Jones joins this edition of Music Journeys to chat about his band's debut release Spinning North.

The Tano Jones Revelry may have formed in 2020 amid the dark times of the pandemic, but the band's debut release sparks a ray of optimism with a foundation of unity. Led by Tano Jones, the Revelry's Spinning North album came out on digital platforms earlier this year - with a vinyl version on the way soon. Here on Music Journeys, Tano shares how the songs evolved, what inspired him early on, and provides numerous examples on the uplifting power of music. Thanks for listening.

Tano Jones bio courtesy of Kevin Cassidy and Soup Can Music Co.

Tano Jones, Detroit-born and well-travelled singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer, and leader of the Tano Jones Revelry distills the ups and downs of each day into an intoxicating and inimitable brew of rhythm and melodies. The Revelry formed back in 2020 during covid times where much of their recent release was crafted within the Soup Can Music Co. studios in Harper Woods, MI. The Tano Jones Revelry consists of seven amazing musicians hailing from mostly Detroit and Nashville. Spinning North represents the debut album by The Tano Jones Revelry. Tano Jones scribed three additional albums, yet this is his first under The Tano Jones Revelry. Over his musical career, Tano Jones has collaborated with top producers, arrangers and musicians from Detroit, Nashville and Los Angeles. Tano along with other artists like Jason Mraz and Pete Yorn were chosen to judge the 2024 American Songwriter Contest which will award $10,000 to the best songwriter.

In February 2024, the Tano Jones Revelry digital released their full-length debut album, Spinning North (Vere Music / ADA / Warner Music Group). Brimming with vibrancy and overflowing with energy, the album, produced by Tano Jones and Andy Patalan (Sponge), is filled with aspirational-infused tracks echoing affable tales that inspire us to be true and authentic. In the coming months TJR will release the vinyl version of Spinning North which was manufactured at Jack White’s Third Man Records manufacturing facility in downtown Detroit.

As the warmer days of spring draw near, the band has a lot to celebrate and with that comes their uptempo seize the day single “Daisy,” a feel-good lively, infectious and captivating track. The track is quickly rising on the Triple A charts as well over twenty-five stations have come aboard from Los Angeles KSCN to Boston WXRV and as far south as Austin KGSR with the legendary Austin City Limits Radio and Birmingham WPYA. The group is currently embarking on their Soup and Seeds Tour which will take them into many markets around the country as TJR spreads their love throughout the United States. Tano Jones individually has donated to various charitable causes ranging from food insecurity to cancer among many other worthwhile initiatives. The Tano Jones Revelry recently has the pleasure of traveling to Madison, WI where they performed Live at the studios of WMMM in their iconic “Live from Studio M” Lounge. During their visit the group had time to make a substantial non-perishable food donation to Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin which is part of the groups Soup and Seeds work that they will try to leave places just a little better off than they found them.

The single “Daisy”, driven by the sonically compelling combination of Tano’s soulful vocals, endearing seize-the-day lyrics, swirling velvety background vocals and resonant guitar textures has recently risen to #53 on both the Billboard Adult Alternative and the Mediabase Triple A “All Stations” charts. With solid buzz since the release of their album “Spinning North” which to date has garnered over 17 million streams on Spotify alone of which “Daisy” makes up just under 3 million streams of that number.

Featured on guitar is producer Andy Patalan who tapped Sponge founder and fellow bandmate Vinnie Dombroski to kick it on the drums as well as accomplished bassist, Tim Patalan. Of special note on “Daisy” is the background vocal performance of Tosha Owens which adds an inspired authentic soulfulness to the song.

“It’s a song about love and no rules. For many generations, there were norms for what attraction and love look like.” Tano says. “You can look worldwide and see those conventions. I’m thinking of this one particular gal “Daisy” who’s gregarious. She’s a breath of fresh air, and she wants to get the most out of every day. The social construct of who will pursue whom doesn’t matter to her. She has a joy that epitomizes energized romance and will make the first move. It’s about seizing the day and being a force of nature.”

Back in 2023 and earlier in 2024, the group first experienced radio success with their debut single “What About Me” which saw “Spinning North” debut at #136 on the Americana Music Association Album Chart. The single rose to #177 on the CDX Triple A chart which introduced the group to stations and fans all over the United States.

In 2021, TJR released their own version of the holiday winter classic of “Little Drummer Boy”. The song with its unique sound has to date garnered over 2.6 million streams on Spotify alone. The group released a video that was filmed on the beautiful beaches of California. Currently the group has videos on YouTube that have been viewed over 1.5 million times of which “Little Drummer Boy” garnered just under 270k of those views.

TJR has performed at legendary bucket list venues such as Whiskey A Go Go and Pappy & Harriet’s. Tour plans are in the works for Fall 2024 and into all of 2025 with new single releases on the horizon as well. Come follow along as The Tano Jones Revelry builds it’s loyal following and tends to more gardens throughout the world.

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Mike Foley joined WCBE in February 2000, coming from WUFT in Gainesville, Florida. Foley has worked in various roles, from producing news and feature stories to engineering Live From Studio A sessions. A series of music features Foley started in 2018 called Music Journeys has grown into a podcast and radio show. He also assists in developing other programs in WCBE's Podcast Experience. Foley hosts The Morning Mix, a weekday music show featuring emerging and established musicians, our Columbus-area and Ohio-based talent, and additional artists that inspire him.