Following the release of two well-received singles, Roxercat debuts their six-song EP “Pearls.” Roxercat is a progressive rock band based in Nashville, Tennessee, led by singer and songwriter Price Jones, guitarist Stan Lassiter, and bassist Bill Francis.
Various guest musicians also appear on the recordings. Roxercat’s sound features the imaginative storytelling and stellar musicianship expected from such a seasoned group of Nashville creatives. Recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studios with overdubs at Cat Tracks Studio, the EP was co-produced by Price Jones and Grammy® award-winning engineer and producer Clarke Schleicher.
Price’s gift for storytelling and composition and the band’s polished musicianship come together to provide a very satisfying listening experience. The songs touch on many themes, including life’s challenges in a digital age, love, relationships, the paradigm shifts of life, and living through uncertain times.
The title song, Pearls, embodies Price Jones’ worldview as a simple message: no matter the current status of relationships with the people who come and go throughout your life, you can still wish them happiness. “Life is about surrounding yourself with people that believe in you – and you in them – and always holding on to your dreams,” says Price.
With each lyric, Price takes us on an emotional journey through life, constantly reminding us to stay in our power. Walk away from relationships that don’t serve you, stand firm in your beliefs and resist outside influence, be aware of inevitable changes coming throughout your life and meet them with positivity in the knowledge that our hearts can and will heal. “That’s just life.”
Price Jones began making music as a young girl growing up in Kentucky. She spent summers performing musical theatre professionally across the metro Louisville area. By her late teens, she would discover the classical guitar and move to Nashville, TN, to deepen her studies at Belmont University.
Her relocation to Nashville in 1982 marked the beginning of decades-long songwriting, recording, producing, and composing careers. When Jones was not on the road, she owned and managed Cat Tracks studio in Nashville, where she spent ten years producing and engineering. It was there, in 1997, that Jones composed the rock opera, The Fortunate Few.
Stan Lassiter is a native of Nashville and a classically-trained guitarist. Considered by many to be the city’s premier jazz guitarist, he is committed to the expression and expansion of music. He has performed with some of the best musicians of our time, including the legendary saxophonist Sonny Stitt. He has opened for Spyro Gyra, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Eric Johnson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and numerous others.
Bill Francis, a Pennsylvania native, first picked up the bass at 12 years old and two years later was playing out professionally with local rock bands. After graduating high school, he toured throughout the United States and Central America with the internationally known company “Up With People.”
Bill earned a degree in Jazz Performance at North Texas State University and, since then, has played and toured in a multitude of bands. He has also participated at the Bass Collective in New York City and studied privately with John Patitucci. Bill’s true music passion is jazz, but he enjoys playing almost all genres.
Stan, Bill, and Price have been playing together since 2017. After finishing up a rock opera project they were all involved in (The Fortunate Few: the rock opera written and produced by Price), they decided to pool their talents once again to form an original rock band, Roxercat.
Roxercat also filmed two music videos for their first single releases. View them on their YouTube channel:
Pearls Track Listing:
3. Baby I Tried
4. I Will Not Lie
5. I Changed Today
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