Cotton Jones at the Jackpot on Saturday night
Cotton Jones Basket Ride (also known simply as Cotton Jones) was originally a side project of folk-pop luminary Page France, but founder Michael Nau disbanded that group in 2008 to pursue the more comfortable, well-worn warmth of Cotton Jones. Nau teamed up with vocalist Whitney McGraw to produce fuller arrangements of folksy, atmospheric jangle. In the short time since, Nau and McGraw have turned out three EPs and two full-lengths centered on homespun heartache and weathered storms. Even in Cotton Jones’ more weighty numbers, the band maintains the easygoing sway of a front-porch jam session.