Jeff Jones is my guest on today’s podcast. As an accomplished bassists and singer, Jeff is currently touring with Tom Cochrane and Burton Cummings. Playing music since the late 60’s, Jeff has experienced a lot and toured the world seeing it all.
We talk about life on the road with band mates of 20+ years and some of his hobbies while he is touring.
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Jeff’s listening choice while traveling for work is:
Taking a break from music, Jeff enjoys listening to talk radio when he has time.
Jones performed with Alex Lifeson and John Rutsey in the first incarnation of Rush, serving as the primary singer and bassist in the summer of 1968. He was replaced by Geddy Lee in September 1968 before their second performance, after wanting to go to a party. He first gained fame as a member of the gospel rock band Ocean, which had a million-selling 1971 single “Put Your Hand in the Hand”. The group disbanded in 1975. Jones later joined Red Rider (he performed bass on the song “Lunatic Fringe”) and still performs with leader Tom Cochrane. He also works on videos showing Eastwood basses.
In the late 1970s, Jones played bass and sang in Stingaree, a Toronto-based band featuring Brian MacLeod and Bernie LaBarge on guitars and vocals, Doug (Skip) Layton on drums, and Larry Hamel (replaced by Don Harriss) on vocals and piano. The band had a large following in Ontario. Brian MacLeod was spotted by promoter Martin Onrot while Stingaree was playing in Toronto and left the band to join Chilliwack. The remaining members of Stingaree played for another six months before disbanding in 1978. Jones also played bass on the 1981 hit “Dream Away” by LaBarge.
Jones is a regular member of the Toronto band, The Carpet Frogs, who also serve as The Burton Cummings band. He also continues to tour with Tom Cochrane.