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Three Simple Rules / Blog

Look What We Got...

Woke up on the morning of 11/10/15 and this was in our in-box.

Radio KSCR

about 8 hours ago

Thank you for submitting your song "Joe" for the Screw the Holidays vol. 2. I would love to feature the song on the compilation. The compilation will be released on the Friday before Thanksgiving through all of the major online retail outlets as well as copies will be sold on the Screw Pop Culture website and the label website that it is being released under. Also 10% of all of the sales is going to Girls Camp Rock Orange County. Please let me know if you are still interested in having your song featured so that I can get the paperwork to you. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you. Jowanna Lewis Radio KSCR jlewis@radiokscr.com


So, how do you spell relief? I spell it "Surgery scheduled and looking forward to it." We will be at Alfonso's this Friday night 11/6/15, but we will not be there next Friday night 11/13/15. My surgery is scheduled for 6 AM the morning of the 13th. That's right! Ole Pops is having surgery on Friday the 13th. We will be back at Alfonso's on Sunday morning 11/8/15 & again Sunday 11/15/15. Don't forget Mayday Brewery on Friday night 11/20/15. Come see us when you can. Hey, Preesh!

What a weekend!!

This weekend we were scheduled to play both Mayday Brewery on Friday night 10/23/15 and Alfonso's Mexican Restaurant on Sunday 10/25/15. We failed to make either of those shows. At 4:00 AM Friday morning Jill rushed me to the hospital as we were thinking I was having an appendicitis. Turns out it was kidney stones. They were too large to pass and too high to blast with radiation. They ended up inserting a stint and giving me something to increase the chances of it moving. The pain is under control, but the problem is still there. I will be having more surgery to resolve the problem soon (within the next 2 weeks) but I will do my best to schedule it so that it doesn't interfere with anything we have scheduled. Our, and especially my apologies to Mayday Brewery and to Alfonso's. It is not in our genes to cancel a show, especially one that we were looking so forward to. It just flat felt out of place. I hope we were able to contact you soon enough to get a replacement. The next we are scheduled will be at Alfonso's this Friday night 10/30/15 and at Mayday Brewery on Friday night 11/20/15 and we look forward to preforming a bang-up show both times. Thank you all for your understanding and your patience during this period. We will get through it together, thank God!


3*SR played at Lulu's on 8/22/2015. Although this was the same night as the infamous Wilson County Fair we had a nice, small, and very attentive crowd. Thanks for everyone for making it a good night even though Jill was absent. I know she is aggravated that she is unable to perform, as are we, but she is getting better and we hope to have her back in the lineup very soon. Until then you guys keep on coming and Jes and I will keep on playing. Thanks so much and we sure do love you guys.



This weekend was a wonderful weekend. We started it out with a show at Lulu's in Watertown. I don't know what it is about Lulu's but we absolutely LOVE playing there. I am pretty sure if it ain't the people it's the food. I could be either, but I'm mostly sure it's the people. We have a awesome friend who had a troubled night. I hope things turned out OK, but for me I just had a blast that night. Jill sang with us again for the first time in a couple of shows, but she had to sit on a stool the entire night. Thank goodness for low stools with padded seats. The next afternoon we had a show at Alfonzo's. It was pretty busy for the most part, what with it being Mother's Day and all. Once again Jill sang with us, but not for the entire show. She's working on it, y'all. I think the best part was when we got home our nasty kitchen was "SPIT SHINED!" Thanks to our youngest daughter, Gracy. Mom was completely jazzed! Good day.

Moving On!!

On Wednesday March 25, Jill went in for another back surgery. She had an electrical spinal stimulator implanted in her back. Hopefully this will help things a bit. She seems to be feeling better as far as pain goes but it isn't doing anything for her stability, yet. I know these doctors can only do so much, but this time I think we have found a doctor who seems to want to help. My fear is that if it doesn't do anything for her stability she may have to step down again. JES and I have held it together as a duo before and we can (and will) again as long as JES is interested in doing it, or until she takes a real interest in writing. When that happens I think I may step down too and nurse Jilly around. I want to make sure JES has a steady stream of original music that suits her. I think I am going to teach her more about getting involved in that aspect of what we do. Not because I have any great desire to quit, but because she needs that expansion, and it just may become necessary. Would appreciate everyone's prayers for Jill's relief and that she can continue doing what we love to do so much. You guys make it all worth it.

The "C" word!

The day after a show at the Moose Lodge. We were invited by brother Mickey Gannon to assist with the music for a cancer benefit for such a beautiful lady. We were introduced to her but all I can think of right now is Audrey. We were proud to be there simply for her, but playing music was a gas too. We shared the stage with lots of great performers. Dave Bauder of The Boomers was there playing harmonica, Mickey played drums all night, Gary & Ricky of the Leonard Brothers. Band were there and performed, Shelby Lee Lowe got up and sang a few songs for us and then Three Simple Rules sneaked in there in the middle. We had a real blast. Although Audrey could not make the entire night, there was a lot of money raised for her cause. While the "C" word generally stands for CANCER, when musicians get involved it could just as easily be "CONCERT, CONTRIBUTIONS, CARING..." or any number of good things that generous people can provide. Thanks to all who participated. Thanks to Mickey for inviting us. Thanks to the Moose Lodge for hosting this great event. Perhaps we can get a benefit scheduled for another great cause soon. We already have one in mind. Now, Mrs. Jill is still with us and things are working out great. She has a surgery scheduled for Monday morning to implant a spinal stimulator for pain control. She may be out for a show or two but she will be right back. Don't start missing her, she won't be gone that long.

New Changes, New Things!!

On December 28th we played at Alfonso's and Jill sat in with us and did several songs. The next Sunday she sat in the entire show with us and has been back with us since. We are proud to have her back even with the minor compensations involved. Just wanted to take the time this morning to announce it officially. By the way, ya'll check out Jes' Facebook page to get a sneak peek at her new solo career.

New Direction

06/06/2014 Last night at Reveille Joe Coffee Co. Three Simple Rules went through some changes. They were not the kind of changes that we wanted to undergo, but it was awesome to see the support from folks who came out to share it with us. First, the city kicked off it's Music on the Square concert season so the square was packed with folks. It was so nice to see the ones who were there when we started playing either stuck around to see our show or kept returning to hear more throughout the night. It was so nice to see fellow musicians who had no interest in the activities on the square come out to support us. Our hearts are full of love and respect for those of you who came through the door, got their orders and found a place to settle and listen. JES celebrated her birthday last night with at least 2 cakes that everyone who came in was welcome to share, and did so. BTW, JES I need my PYREX cutting board back as soon as the cake is gone. Second, my beautiful wife Jill, who has always been my #1 fan, who has supported me for 28 years through my musical endeavors, Who has performed with me on stage off and on for much of that 28 years stepped down to become our #1 fan again. Her heart couldn't be more into what we do but her health refuses to agree. Last night was her last show with us. There was plenty of room to sit, then there was SRO and it kept going back and forth. As soon as one group would leave another came in to take their place. We must have done something right because the tip jar certainly reflected it. The coo-degrade, however was the end of the show. JES and I did the final set as a duo to warrant the moment and performed several new covers we have been working on. The very last song of the night was a cover of a song written in 1926 by David Lee and Billy Rose called "Tonight You Belong To Me". We got it from the movie "The Jerk" where it was performed by Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters. The response was one of those that artists dream of. We received love and applause all night but, maybe it was the song, maybe it was the performance and maybe it was the fact that it was the last number of the night, but the house erupted. Those are the moments we, as entertainers live for. I know I heard individual screams, whistles, applause, yells and right in the middle of it all the sound swirled into this one sound that said to me "we're not done yet." Oh, we were done for the night, but as Three Simple Rules we got a lot more to do before we're done. Thanks from the bottom of my heart to everyone who showed up to make last night so special. Thanks to those members of Three Simple Rules who sit in the crowd at every show and continue to come back and especially to those who were in the room at the moment of that last applause. That is what we dream of. That is what keeps us doing what we do. We love to see your faces.

Sincerely "Pops" Jones


While we have the services of Wilt Video Production available to us guess what we are going to be doing today? No, go ahead. Guess. You can do it, guess. Guess! GUESS! We are shooting our 1st video that isn't a performance video. We are shooting "Bindlestiff's Lament" because it is the title cut of our first CD. Won't tell you much about the video, only that along with the song it tells a great story. I am very proud of the ideas we have all brainstormed and I think we have the story line down. Can't wait to get started today. You guys pray for us and think about us while we are doing this today. It is a very important step for us because it will provide us with a very necessary tool for the future.

Thanks a heap ~Pops~