Rising country star Caroline Jones took the stage last night at The Loft at City Winery to a packed house of excited fans. The singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist is no stranger to New York City, in fact, she was born here and went to school at New York University. The buzz in the venue was like a true homecoming as she opened the show with her upbeat song “Rise.” With the energy level up, Jones sang the title track off her latest album and fan favorite “Bare Feet.” The crowd sang along to the catchy beat and lighthearted lyrics. Following her hit she sang “Worth the Wait” and had everyone in awe of her purely delicate voice as she harmonized the opening lyrics.
Jones slowed it down with a more traditional ballad that depicted her life growing up in the Northeast, but still knowing and appreciating her southern roots with her song “Country Girl.” As Jones introduced her next song “Old Blue”, she shared intimate details as to how she got her start in country music. She told the crowd, “In my late teens I went to Nashville for the first time and I went to a show at the Bluebird Cafe and saw artists and songwriters capture the hearts and minds of people with just a guitar – something in me clicked.” Jones explained how she “delved into the history of country music and folk music and storytelling music and discovered Old Blue along the way.” Classic hit “Old Blue” showcased her extremely poised vocals and her admiration for the genre and storytelling.
Halfway through the set, Jones brought out Jesse Harris singer-songwriter and producer/guitarist to play a brand new song “Chasin’ Me” and the song “Don’t Know Why” made famous by Norah Jones. As she introduced her song “Chasin Me'” she provided a backstory as to why she wrote it. “This is a song about old fashioned romantic values that at least I still believe in and I think the man should chase the woman,” and the screams and applause of the crowd confirmed they agreed. Jones covered the upbeat Hall and Oats “You Make My Dreams” as the crowd sang along, and continued entertaining everyone with songs “All of the Boys” and “Fix You”.
Closing out the show Jones sang her hit single “Tough Guys” about being unapologetically yourself and she said,” If other people don’t like it, it’s too bad for them.” Jones told the crowd “Get your hands up” and kicked off the last song of her set with the audience clapping along. Accompanied by her unbelievable harmonica playing she fed off the crowd’s energy and you could tell she was having just as much fun up there as everyone watching.
Undeniably talented, an incredible musician and performer, Jones has everything going for her right now. Be sure to catch her on the road as she opens for Kenny Chesney and his “Song for the Saints Tour” which kicks off in April and give her album Bare Feet a listen below!
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