Named the best female vocalist at the 2018 Austin Music Awards, the Texas-based blues and soul sensation Tameca Jones drops jaws and captivates audiences with sweet, powerful vocals that soar above heavy guitar, rhythmic keyboard and soothing backup vocals. Her honeyed lyrics tell tales of mystery, intrigue and the power of love. Jones got her start as a musician in 2005 when she became the lead singer and songwriter for the Austin-based band, 8 Million Stories. After disbanding two and a half years later, Jones struck out on her own, breathing new, soulful life into classic hits by Tina turner, Nirvana, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix and more. Since then, “The Queen of Austin Soul” has only continued to flourish. In 2016, she moved away from cover tunes and released her debut EP, Naked, filled with fiery Motown and reggae influenced grooves, as well as a cover of Elton John’s “Benny and the Jets,” nodding to her early work. Her dynamic solo performances and collaborations with fellow Austin musicians, like Max Frost are garnering praise for the “Queen of Soul” throughout Texas and beyond.
Jones’ memorable 2015 Austin Music Awards performance was described as “showstopping” by The Austin Chronicle and praised by Billboard Magazine. Jones has opened for Austin superstars such as Gary Clark Jr., Max Frost, Bob Schneider and other touring acts. “Wings,” her collaborative 2015 piece, was referred to as a “slinky duet” by Rolling Stone. She made her festival debut at Austin City Limits in 2015 and has since graced an array of high-profile stages—from the Austin Food and Wine Fest, to New York’s Apollo Theater, and SXSW.
A duo of multi-instrumentalists hailing from Fayetteville, Ark., Anna Moss and Joel Ludford of Handmade Moments combine their backgrounds in rock and jazz with riveting southern roots and folk to tell inspirational tales of triumphs and tribulations.