Your Daily Lick: Hang Jones

The Ballad of Carlsbad County (self-released)



Hang Jones' album-length ballad about outlaw William Bishop, broken down into twelve chapters, is about as close as you'll get to a folk opera. Storytelling takes a front seat in this 45-minute ride from the "Mexico Line" to "Hangman's Noose" (though he ends up "Alive"), as mandolin, upright bass, and fiddle keep things moving along nicely.