Blue Monday concert set Jan. 16 in Paragould

Monday, January 16, 2012

David Lynn Jones and Friends will perform in KASU's Blue Monday concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Red Goose Restaurant, 100 South Pruett Street, in Paragould. There is no charge for admission, but KASU will pass the hat for the band. KASU 91.9 FM is the public radio service of Arkansas State University, Jonesboro.

Born in Bexar, Ark., (Fulton County) in 1950, Jones began performing locally while in his teens. After unsuccessful tries at selling his songs in Nashville during the 1970s, he was working as a session player in Houston when he sold the song "Heart Don't Fail Me Now" to Randy Cornor, who made it a country hit in 1976.

Merle Haggard, Pirates of the Mississippi, Joe Cocker and Randy Travis are some of the artists who have recorded songs by David Lynn Jones. His song "Living in the Promiseland" became a number one country hit for Willie Nelson in 1986.

Between 1987 and 1994, Jones released four Nashville studio albums of his own songs. "Bonnie Jean" and "High Ridin' Heroes" (with Waylon Jennings) were produced as music videos that became popular on cable network TNN.

Several years ago, Jones moved back to Fulton County, where he produces recordings for other musical artists in his home studio. Jones performs many of his songs and other pop and country favorites throughout the eastern Ozarks with a band that includes: Dennis Horton, lead guitar; Jerry Bone, bass guitar; Chuck Young, rhythm guitar, and Ila Jones, conga. Blue Monday on Jan. 16 will mark the band's first appearance in the Paragould-Jonesboro area.

KASU station manager Mike Doyle said, "Once again, as in December when we hosted Gary Gazaway and his band, Blue Monday will feature an original talent from the Ozark foothills of Arkansas, one who is widely known and respected in music circles. This will be a night for listening to mesmerizing songs from masterful songwriter David Lynn Jones and his friends, who will captivate the Blue Monday audience."

KASU Radio, MOR Media and Bibb Chiropractic present the Blue Monday concerts free of charge every third Monday night at the Red Goose Restaurant, beginning at 7 p.m.

Those who want more information on KASU's Blue Monday concert series or any other concert series sponsored by KASU 91.9 FM may contact Mike Doyle (mdoyle@astate.edu), KASU station manager, at (870) 972-3486.

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