Seattle rocker Ayron Jones announces the forthcoming release of his highly-anticipated second album today. The 10-track LP, Chronicles of the Kid, will come via Big Machine/John Varvatos Records on 23rd June and is currently available for pre-order. Audiences can get an advanced taste of the record with Jones' new single, ‘Blood in the Water’, out now on all platforms alongside the accompanying music video which will be premiering via YouTube at 6pm UK time tonight (17th March).
"As a child, I vividly remember sitting in church and hearing the preacher speak about generational curses," Jones explains. "For me, the concept of the weight of trauma traveling through time and space, affecting many generations until treated is an idea I take seriously. 'Blood in the Water' is my way of actively choosing to heal and transform this trauma by creating new stories and identities for not only myself, but also my family’s future generations. I understand that energy can never be destroyed nor created anew; it can only be shifted. Therefore, while I cannot choose the life I have been given, I can strive forward and choose to take control of the future– to break these curses now and forevermore."
In 2021, as the world looked like it was burning down due to the COVID-19 pandemic and global protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd, Seattle-born rockstar Ayron Jones was achieving his dream. That’s when his song ‘Mercy,’ from his debut major label record release, Child of the State, hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Rock Chart, making Jones one of the few solo Black artists to achieve the feat.
Now Jones is set to release the follow-up to that LP, Chronicles of the Kid. As such, he is the happiest he’s ever been, content in himself, confident in his stride. But what is the cost of this clarity? That question permeates this release. Indeed, what if the stories you wanted to tell hurt people around you? Would you still tell them? For Jones, the answer is yes. They’re his stories. And his honesty is the fuel that lights his powerful fire.
To be human is to get dirty— or, in Jones’ own words, ‘Filthy.’ It’s the struggle of being who you are that’s most important. And, as Jones sings on his new LP, he’s here for the crown. Hailed by American Songwriter as “one of the biggest names in the genre,” the artist, who has opened for The Rolling Stones and shared stages with groups like Guns N’ Roses and Public Enemy, is the man he’s always wanted to be. He’s given up any façade for the sake of embracing the very real fantasy of what it means to be himself. You can hear all about it on Chronicles of the Kid, out on June 23rd.
"It was the height of the pandemic and like everyone else, I was stuck inside watching the world pass by while having no idea what the future held," Jones remembers. "Then it happened, the phone rang and I got the call telling me my song went No. 1. Just like that, I'd become one of the biggest names in rock and roll, but I couldn't leave my couch. I had no idea how much my life had changed until August of '21, when I went on tour for the first time since signing my first major record deal. That's when it all hit me. Chronicles of The Kid is the story of the truth - my truth. With my voice as my pen and my guitar as the page, the album is an audio journal of self-discovery told through tales of, temptations, triumphs, failures, sacrifice and the price of fame."
Jones is currently on tour, with international dates supporting Daughtry kicking off in the UK tomorrow. For tickets and more information, visit ayronjonesmusic.com.
Ayron Jones 2023 UK Tour Dates
18th March - Norwich @ UEA LCR Norwich **
19th March - Bristol @ O2 Academy Bristol **
20th March - Nottingham @ Rock City **
23rd March - Glasgow @ O2 Academy Glasgow **
24th March - Newcastle Upon Tyne @ O2 City Hall Newcastle **
25th March - Manchester @ Manchester Academy **
27th March - London @ Royal Albert Hall **
** Supporting Daughtry
5th July – Cheltenham @ 2000 Trees Festival