Scarecrow Jones debut at Irish Tavern during St. Patrick’s Day celebrationsWritten by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Scarecrow Jones’ first time playing in Toledo will be a St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
“I’ll have to keep myself in check; make sure I don’t have too much fun before the show,” Haas said.
The band was formed in Michigan and is fronted by Royce Haas, featuring Jeff Sugamoso on guitar, Mike Nagy on bass and Shawn Neal on drums.
“That Detroit sound — that Bob Seger, Kid Rock, blue-collar sound — that’s definitely a part of our sound,” Haas said.
He said Detroit influences evenly mesh with a Nashville sound in their music.
“There’s definitely a southern quality, almost a country dusting,” Haas said.
This weekend, the band will take the stage at Claddagh’s Irish Pub on Monroe Street for two shows, Saturday and Sunday. The band is celebrating the release of their new single “Roadside Bar.”
“There’s a reason we’re focusing on Toledo,” Haas said. “People are very active in Toledo, going to shows. The thing about Detroit that’s tough is it’s hard to get people into the city. The thing about Toledo that’s easy is they’re already there.”
Haas wrote “Roadside Bar” three years ago while living in Nashville.
“It’s kind of a ‘let’s get rowdy, let’s get loud’ song,” Haas said. “It embodies the burning-the-midnight-oil-type feel.”
Over the last three years, Haas said he has been developing the song while working with vocal coaches. They finally recorded the song a year ago.
The band has plans to release two more songs this summer instead of doing a full album.
“We’re very, very select on what we record and what we release,” Haas said.
Haas is formerly known for his one-man band Big Brother from Times Square before becoming Scarecrow Jones a year and a half ago. He said his work with Big Brother had a “gimmicky novelty to it,” which came with an expiration date.
“I don’t think there was much longevity in that project mostly because instrumentally [I was] backed into a corner,” Haas said. “You only have so much of a sound you can create with just playing the drums with my feet, playing the guitar and singing. It’s such a simple, stripped down sound that it doesn’t take much exploration to find you’ve come to the end with it quickly.”
Haas said he enjoyed being a part of Big Brother, but was looking forward to working with a full band. But even with Scarecrow Jones, Haas said this weekend’s shows will include a half-hour solo acoustic set in the middle.