Within a short time following the debut of her own band and solo recording, Sally Jones garnered nominations for IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year 2002, SPBGMA Female Vocalist of the Year 2002 and 2003, and Bluegrass Album of the Year 2002. After a year’s hiatus spent starting her family with husband and erstwhile musical partner Chris Jones, she’s back with a new recording, her own fresh writing, and a band of Nashville’s finest, adding her unique voice to the growing choir of the women of bluegrass and acoustic music.
Not that Sally is new to the business; with over a decade of experience as a guitarist and harmony singer with the likes of Tom T. Hall, Marie Osmond, Harley Allen and Andrea Roberts, writing songs all the while, it was absolutely natural that she should strike out on her own with the formation of Sally Jones & the Sidewinders, touring the music of her critically acclaimed Pinecastle recording, Love Hurts. Appearances nationally and internationally have included the Ryman, MerleFest, Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival, and the European World of Bluegrass, to name a few.
Sally conveys a depth and sincerity that comes from the strong emotional connection with her songs that she shares in turn with her audience. Add to this that she is a truly gifted singer, a tasteful guitarist, a first-rate songwriter, and is backed by some of bluegrass music’s finest players, and the combination is irresistible. Her debut CD on Pinecastle Records, “Love Hurts” enjoyed critical acclaim and spent 10 months on Bluegrass Unlimited’s National Bluegrass Survey. Her band, “Sally & The Sidewinders” toured nationally and internationally, gaining recognition as one of the hottest young bands on the bluegrass scene.
Sally’s vocal ability has earned her work in Nashville’s highly competitive studio scene, and as a songwriter, she has co-written with some of the business’s most respected writers, including Harley Allen and John Pennell. She has extensive experience as a singer and guitarist in both bluegrass and country music, and has performed and recorded with her husband Chris Jones, and brother-in-law Ron Block. To top off this varied musical resume, Sally added some formal education, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Music, and a Master’s Degree in Writing. Sally has the kind of voice and stage presence that quickly draws in an audience, and the broad spectrum of her musical experience enables her to appeal easily to both traditional and more contemporary listeners.