Songmaker • Whimsicologist • Austinite
Southpaw Jones treads lightly on the thin ice of irreverent honesty. Being left-handed, he naturally turns his guitar upside-down to play more comfortably. Being a creative little brother, he naturally turns the world upside-down to make his audience squirm with delight.
Southpaw has resided in Houston, Nashville, and Los Angeles, and he now calls Austin home. He performs solo, if not with Matt the Electrician, reaching out to find those open-minded folks who thirst for singable melodies and one-of-a-kind lyrics. Southpaw sells CDs and MP3s at reasonable prices, and he updates southpawjones.com to the delight of dozens.
Critics say he has “that most amazing ability to be hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time,” and his songs are “at once political, personal, serious, hilarious, lucid, and muddled.” Author Spike Gillespie calls him “the left-handed Elvis Costello and the best songwriter in the land.” Southpaw calls himself “Slim” and sleeps in the fetal position.
Southpaw has had the honor of opening shows for Dan Bern, Terri Hendrix, James McMurtry, Slaid Cleaves, Fred Eaglesmith, and Lisa Loeb, performing in legendary listening rooms from coast to coast. He has performed with 5 instruments in 17 states during the past 10 years, but who’s counting?
Southpaw Jones’ songs are at once political, personal, serious, hilarious, lucid, and muddled…goes straight for the story, for the message, for the emotion.
Performing Songwriter magazine
In the grand tradition of Jonathan Richman and They Might Be Giants…he has that most amazing ability to be hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time…
The Nashville Scene
…keep an eye peeled for opener Southpaw Jones. The Austin resident’s cheeky skewers “Legitimate Film,” “The Last Remaining Beatle” and “Fatty Arbuckle” proved an inspired pairing [with Fred Eaglesmith].
Brian T. Atkinson
His similarity to They Might Be Giants is much more pronounced live than it is on his record, although as a solo artist, his sense of reality is much more fractured and intense.
…the future of folk music is in good hands.
Southpaw Jones’ songs are statements, short stories inside jokes with poignant punchlines
that appeal to your sense of humanity.
Jones’ songs are told from an often funny but no less insightful perspective…his songs are filled with the wisdom and biting humor of a man years older.
Los Angeles Times
Southpaw Jones really stood out in a crowd of one hundred songwriters at the Bluebird auditions. His song was the only one that I wanted to hear all of. He’s young, he’s funny, he’s very original.
owner, Bluebird Cafe
…the lefthanded Elvis Costello and the best songwriter in the land.
He’s original…Southpaw Jones sings Southpaw Jones songs and does them with heart and humor…
performing songwriter, Nashville, Tennessee
Sardonic songwriter in the tradition of Loudon Wainwright, but with the melodic smarminess of They Might Be Giants’ John Linnell and a slight Steve Forbert-esque raspiness.
It isn’t clear where sincerity leaves off and irony begins…
Southpaw Jones’ work is that of an alien who has taken human form and is studying us very carefully.
…brilliant lyrics and uncompromising timing.
performing songwriter, New Jersey
His songs get into your head. There are no escape hatches, no doors to get out…a wonderful performer whose music defies classification…
Bruce A. Teitell
North Hollywood, California
…a busker’s ragged spirit and an upstart wit that at best evokes Todd Snider or Loudon Wainwright III…you’ll likely laugh out loud.
The Nashville Scene
Southpaw jones will surprise you with how light-heartedly he takes controversial / serious subject matter and makes it fun for your consumption.
…if it’s kinda sad, it’s fantastically so. The lonely songs are really lonely, and the lost/unrequited love songs will tear your heart out.
columnist & radio host
Las Cruces, New Mexico
The lyrics are sometimes witty, sometimes touching, but always original and genuine…sophisticated melodies, rhythms and rhyme schemes that call to mind early Bob Dylan, Loudon Wainwright III, and Steve Forbert.
Richard Tuschman, Florida
…a better songwriter than most Nashville songwriters, and more honest than any of them.
Scott “Moses” Murray