The best americana songs all have one thing in common: someone has to get shot. Singer/songwriter Stephen Grillos (vocals, guitar, mandolin) took this to heart when writing the songs for Hang Jones’ debut album The Ballad of Carlsbad County. What began as a collection of bluegrass inspired country-rock songs evolved into a Western Outlaw-themed story album complete with hangings, gunfights, love, sex, and revenge.
Singer/songwriter based in San Francisco Stephen Grillos is no newcomer to cinematic songwriting. His songs have been featured in the film “American Venus” (2007), as well as NBC prime time television shows “Friday Night Lights,” “The Black Donnellys,” and “Quarterlife.” Grillos is also a skilled front man; honing his live performances in his Americana rock band Del Bombers, opening for such legendary acts as Social Distortion, The Blasters, and The Cadillac Tramps as well as several headlining North American tours.
Other members of the band are Matt Cunitz (upright bass, pump organ, vocals) and Mayumi Urgino (fiddle, vocals)
To find out more about Hang Jones and read the first installment of the Ballad of Carlsbad County, visit www.hangjones.com