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As Sir Mix-a-Lot’s electric set of some of his biggest hits came to a close Saturday at Neumos, the Seattle hip-hop legend reminded the crowd that the night did not belong to him.
Instead, the sold-out show was to celebrate Ayron Jones and the Way’s debut album, “Dream,” released on Oct. 29 and produced by Mix-a-Lot. Jones plays a fiery brand of Seattle rock that does its best to defy definition, even if it’s essentially the blues with some grunge window dressing.
Jones used his 80-minute set to prove that it doesn’t matter what you want to call his music. His raw, soulful voice and his explosive six-string acrobatics kept the crowd transfixed as he ripped through his best album cuts and covers (some obvious, like “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) and others like “Georgia On My Mind,” not so much).More
Sir Mix-a-Lot met Ayron Jones a year and a half ago and decided to produce Jones’ debut album, “Dream,” out today. Mix-a-Lot is also opening for Jones at his album release party this Saturday at Neumos. I had some time to talk with Seattle’s hip-hop godfather last week as he drove through a lonely stretch of Montana. Our conversation has been edited for clarity and brevity.
Tell me your first impression of Ayron. You saw him in the University District about a year and a half ago, right?
Sir Mix-a-Lot: I walked in and the first thing I remember them doing, without knowing I was there, it wasn’t a showboat move, he did a solo. The crowd wouldn’t gather around, so he walked through the crowd, up to the bar, ordered a drink and was still in the middle of a solo. And the whole crowd kind of went around like a magnet, and fell in love with the group right there.More
Ayron Jones and his mentor, Sir Mix-a-Lot, don’t like to define Jones’ music with labels like “blues” or “hybrid rock.” They don’t necessarily welcome comparisons to the giants that have influenced Jones, namely Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix.
But it’s hard to listen to Jones’ debut album, “Dream,” without hearing the ghosts of the past — and without viewing the album as the next evolution of the blues, a way for it to stay relevant to a new generation. “Dream,” self-released today and produced by Mix-a-Lot, is a fiery, raw blend of blues and rock that makes the familiar seem new.More
It figures that Anthony Ray, better known by his hip-hop handle Sir Mix-a-Lot, is constantly inundated with requests to check out new artists. When you’ve won a Grammy and have one of the most instantly recognizable rap songs ever recorded, it goes with the territory.More
Ayron Jones, who self-releases his debut album “Dream” today, had quite a few interesting insights that we couldn’t fit in our print preview of his Saturday release party at Neumos. See what Jones had to say about working with Sir Mix-a-Lot, how hip-hop influences his music and why he wants to be known as more than just someone who can play the guitar. Be sure to check Soundposts later in the day for a Q&A with Sir Mix-a-Lot and a review of “Dream.”
Answers to burning questions after the jump.More