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9Aug/10

JP, CHRISSIE & THE FAIRGROUND BOYS

Chrissie Hynde and JP Jones are taking the Fairground Boys from the studio to the stage, including shows August 9 at Rockwood Music Hall and August 10 at the Apple Store in SoHo

Monday, August 9, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen St., $20, 8:30
Tuesday, August 10, Live at the Apple Store, 103 Prince St., free, 7:00
www.myspace.com/chrissiehyndejpjones

“His time is tomorrow / mine was yesterday,” Chrissie Hynde sings on “Perfect Lover,” the opening track of FIDELITY! (Rocket Science, August 24, 2010), the debut album of JP, Chrissie & the Fairground Boys. Two years ago at a London party, Hynde met JP Jones, a Welsh singer-songwriter who has played in such bands as Grace and Big Linda, and soon the pair were in Havana, writing songs together. They came back with (at least) eleven songs and formed the new group, which is on the road in support of the record, which comes out August 24. Reportedly, the fifty-nine-year-old Hynde and the thirty-one-year-old Jones are not a couple; as she sings, “I found my perfect lover / but he’s only half my age / He was learning how to stand / when I was wearing my first wedding band/ I found my perfect lover / but I’ll have to turn the page / I want him in my kitchen / and standing on my stage.” Among the other tunes on the album, which is filled with stories of unrequited love and love gone wrong, are “If You Let Me,” “Courage,” and “Leave Me If You Must.” Hynde and the gravelly voiced Jones are joined by Sam Swallow on keyboards, Patrick Murdoch on guitar, Vezio Bacci on bass, and Geoff Holroyde on drums, the latter three the aforementioned Big Linda. JP, Chrissie & the Fairground Boys will be making a free appearance at the Apple Store in SoHo on Tuesday, August 10, at 7:00, but they’ll be playing Monday night at the Rockwood Music Hall (stage 2) on Allen St. — and as of this posting, tickets are still available, believe it or not, and they are a mere twenty bucks.

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