She's been virtually the laughing stock of the music industry She's been virtually the laughing stock of the music industry for years. She's been laughed at outside the Nashville city limits by the likes of People Magazine, USA Today, Billboard, GAC Television, and on National Public Radio as Garrison Keillor's guest on "A Prairie Home Companion." With KACEY JONES there's a lot to laugh about.
Her latest project is the soundtrack to the hilarious new play, "NIPPLES TO THE WIND" by playwright, Paula Coco. As Music Supervisor for the original soundtrack, Kacey contributed fourteen of the eighteen tracks on the CD (to be released nationally in 2007). A follow-up to Kacey's last music-comedy project, "Every Man I Love is Either Married, Gay, or Dead..LIVE," her newest creation is not only stacked with comedy appeal, but in establishing the vocal talent and comedy genius caught in the grooves.
In the hard work-a-day world of carving a national name as one of the brightest new musical humorists to break through in recent years, Kacey Jones is used to breaking the mold. Singer, songwriter, musician, publisher and producer--all distinct descriptions that fit only one unique piece of this puzzle. When completely assembled, the one that emerges is one of a delightful, born and bred in the San Francisco Bay Area, madcap redhead who sees the world at large with laser perception and a funny tilt. She can also render a ballad that'll bring tears to your eyes. Witness "Kacey Jones Sings Mickey Newbury." Released in 2006, this critically acclaimed masterpiece is eligible in five categories for a Grammy nomination in 2007. There's nary a titter of laughter on this collection of beautiful and tragic Newbury songs but, it reaches into the places that run deep.
"I'm a singer-songwriter-musician first," says Jones. “I don't consider myself a stand-up comedienne but I enjoy making people laugh. I'm more in the tradition of musical humorists like Roger Miller, Mae West, and Tom Lehrer. But I also enjoy singing a good ballad. That's why I recorded the tribute to Newbury. I love to see people laugh so hard at my funny songs that tears run down their cheeks. I also love to see their eyes well up when I sing a ballad that reminds them of someone or something they've lost. Tears of laughter, tears of sorrow...they're all good. They let us know we're alive, and it let's me know I've connected. If that sounds a bit schizophrenic... welcome to my world."
If it all seems off the wall, it's totally sane in the world of Kacey Jones. Hers was, after all, the brilliant mind that conceived one of Nashville's most unique and revered cult groups, the all-girl group, "Ethel and The Shameless Hussies," who broke above the waves in the late 80's to mainstream nominations as "Comedy Act of the Year" on MCA Records. As lead singer and lead comedy writer, Kacey put the Shameless Hussies on America's national radar.
In 1997 Kacey signed with Curb Records and recorded one of the few original music/comedy albums ever released by a female artist in Nashville. "Men Are Some of My Favorite People," considered a classic by collectors, yielded two music videos, "1-900-Bubba" and "I Hate Your Lousy, Rotten, Stinkin' Guts But, I'm Not Bitter."
Further proving that her talents could produce more than just a few good laughs, Kacey entered the studio with legendary cult artist, Kinky Friedman, only to emerge as the producer of his critically acclaimed project, "Pearls in the Snow." Featuring Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, Tom Waits, Lyle Lovett, Delbert McClinton and others, the album reached the # 1 spot on the Americana radio chart in 1999. In 2000 Kacey and Delbert recorded a duet titled, "You're The Reason Our Kids are Ugly." The single stayed at the top of the European country chart for nine weeks.
Movies were next to fall under her spell. Kacey contributed three original songs to the soundtrack of the multi-award-winning cult film, "Sordid Lives" starring Beau Bridges, Olivia Newton-John, Delta Burke, and Leslie Jordan. Could Broadway be next? "I would love to see "Nipples To The Wind" make it to Broadway" states Kacey. "Put me in coach, I'm ready to play!"
"From Newbury to Nipples" says Kacey, "that'll be the title of my autobiography, 'course there's a lot of stuff betwixt and between, like my association with Sweet Potato Queens." FYI: Kacey is the Official Songstress for The Sweet Potato Queens, an organization with 75,000 faithful members, born out of five best-selling Sweet Potato Queen books. Kacey has written many songs for the SPQs, the most infamous being "Never Wear Panties to a Party." "Nipples To The Wind" may just be the puff of wind under the dress that lifts Kacey Jones' career to new comedy heights.