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October 26, 2013

Hairstylist finds balance through playing cello

Catch 22 is a successful American ska/punk band that has released several albums and has a record deal with the Chicago-based label Victory Records. Although the band has its roots in New Jersey, founding member Ryan Eldred has friends with whom he produces recordings in Walton. During one of Eldred’s visits to Walton, he met Ann Jones, a home-schooled native of Walton, an enthusiastic cellist and successful professional hairstylist.

I spoke with Ann about her musical experiences with Eldred and several of his bands. She said she has been asked to play cello and compose music for a new band created by Eldred, Free The Press.

She explained that when Eldred learned she played the cello, he invited her to listen to some of his recordings and worked with her to create a line she might play on future recordings. Those recordings have yet to be released, but she’ll be given credit for any of her work that is used.

Other members of FTP include Eldred and Walton percussionist Benjamin Ray. FTP has made several recordings in a Walton studio with producer Brad Northrup, and since Northrup also produces rapper Johnny Spanish, Ann has been able to add her cello performance to the Johnny Spanish recording, “Bed of Roses.”

Free the Press has recorded its own album and expects to release it soon on djtunes, a multinational online music store. Ann’s favorite track from the new album is “Walking on Air.”

I asked Ann some of the questions I ask all young people who have never seen a record contract.

“Will you have a share of ownership of the song? What royalty splits have you been offered? Will you get credit as a co-writer?”

Ann smiled and said it was a bit early to be asking these questions.

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