Don’t call it a comeback.
This is not so much a homecoming for Tameca Jones but a revisitation to some deep and complex roots of a powerhouse singer/songwriter. Now based in LA, Jones established herself as an outstanding voice in the ATX scene from the moment she first wowed the crowds at Antone’s, but the scene itself could not deliver – does not deliver – the vital support needed for an artist to develop their craft and continue making a living as a performer. Most, if not all, music artists juggle second and third jobs just to stay afloat, while most spare moments are used for songwriting, rehearsals, self-promotion…the list is endless. Now multiply that times ten for a Black female artist working in this town.
“There’s a very low ceiling here in Austin because there’s no industry,” Jones told Pause/Play. “It’s the Live Music Capital, but there is very little industry or sync or licensing or record deals or managers or booking agents.” Jones, an independent artist, took the biggest leap of her career after performing for more than 10 years in Austin, and relocated to Los Angeles. Then this summer, on a recent Facebook post, she announced that she was quitting live music.
“We only have one life,” Jones said in her heartfelt note. “It is imperative that we do the uncomfortable work to find our passions…I’m not trying to milk my exit or beat a dead horse. You and I both know nothing lasts forever. I look forward to seeing you all next week.”
The day is nearly here. What Tameca Jones fans are about to witness tomorrow, Friday June 17, at Antone’s is a fond, if bittersweet, farewell. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the line-up includes performances by Ivy Roots and Mama Duke.
AMM June 16 2022
Tameca Jones performs tomorrow night, Fri. June 17, at Antone’s, with Ivy Roots and Mama Duke.