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Hank Williams said that country music aint nothin’ but three chords and the truth, or was it Johnny Cash? It turns out that it was actually a songwriter named Harlan Howard. Then Muddy Waters said that the blues aint nothin’ but three chords and the truth. Bono sang that all he’s got is a red guitar, three chords and the truth. These people from different eras and backgrounds all understood that real music is about real life and real feelings. It is truth.
When we were trying to come up with a name for our band, we wanted a name that epitomized who we are. We play rock, blues, country, gospel, soul and R&B, but we wanted a name that didn’t typecast us as just a rock, country or blues band or gospel group. No matter what style we are playing we are bringing the truth. So that’s what we went with. “The Truth”
Now it turns out that there were a million other bands with that name. One time we played a place and they had ordered a bunch of our CDs to sell. The only problem was that it wasn’t our CD. It was another band called The Truth. Well that was the last straw, so we thought it was time for a change. We settled on “Truth Jones”. “Jones” means to crave or greatly desire something, so “Truth Jones” means to desire the truth. It retained everything we loved about “The Truth” plus it sounds like somebody’s name like Marshall Tucker, Lynyrd Skynyrd or Pink Floyd.
The Truth was formed in the year 2000 and features Jim Gustin on vocals and guitar, Jeri Goldenhar on vocals, Chris Baurer on guitar and vocals, Burke Greer on bass and vocals, and Jim Sipotz on drums. Jessica Baurer on vocals, yes, she’s married to Chris and is Jeri’s daughter. Stephen Semola on keys and vocals, and Chuck Goldenhar on harmonica, yes, he is Jeri’s Husband but not Jessica’s Father. Got it?
We have played at lots of parties and celebrations, dozens of clubs, sports bars, wine bars, beer bars, events at Magic Mountain, and we even played in the Staples center prior to an LA Kings hockey game (Go Kings!) We have played benefits to support The Hunger Defense Fund, Help the Children, Susan G, Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s toy drive and many other charity benefits. You can also find most of us playing in church on Sunday mornings.
We are currently working on our debut album, tentatively titled “Can’t Shed a Tear”. We hope to be finished in May. It is the culmination of years of playing all kinds of music and experiencing everything that real life brings, joy, hurt, doubt, pain, faith and hope. It is a very honest album and I think you’ll feel a true connection with us when you hear it.