Stephen Grillo of Hang Jones
Hang Jones are a San Francisco-based Americana quintet subscribing to the theory that the best country songs involve at least one character getting shot. They take that notion to heart on their album, The Ballad of Carlsbad County, and our Free MP3 of the Day, “Comin’ Round.”
Well, no one gets shot in “Comin’ Round,” but it’s entirely possible someone could should they make a wrong move. There’s plenty of dusty streets and gunfights sneaking around between the lines of this tune.
Singer, songwriter, guitarist and mandolin player Stephen Grillo is the driving force behind Hang Jones, a fivesome of country roots players that includes Scott Sneddon on mandolin and guitar, Mike Anderson on the big bass fiddle, Marisa Martinez on the regular sized fiddle and Diana Lerwick on accordion.
Along with playing straight-ahead country under the name Hang Jones, Grillo also scores for TV (including Friday Night Lights) and fronts SF favorites, Del Bombers.