New Music Monday: Tameca Jones"Hot and Bothered"

There is no build-up in “Hot and Bothered,” the latest single from Austin soul-pop singer Tameca Jones. This song is three and a a half minutes of pure exaltation — perfect for its subject matter, the heady first days of romantic infatuation. Jones’s voice is bold and full of energy, and her backing band backs her up with bounce and swing. She’s well-established in the Austin music scene as a cover artist and collaborator, best known for her work with 8 Million Stories and Gary Clark Jr., but “Hot and Bothered” introduces Jones to a wider audience and debuts her songwriting as a solo artist. 

Unsurprisingly, Jones says she wrote “Hot and Bothered” about a crush. Her lyrics are simple and fun, letting her voice do the heavier lifitng (or as a heavy as can be expected in a song about crushes). She says this “is the second song I wrote that was sonically edible… It took me a long time to write a song that was worth a damn. The lyrics are clever compliments one would say to a guy.” It’s refreshing to hear a songwriter admit to struggling at their craft, and makes the payoff for a song as catchy as “Hot and Bothered” even sweeter. Think Adele’s “Send My Love,” plus Motown and unadulterated joy. 

Jones’ debut EP, Naked, is out now. 

by Katie Presley
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Katie Presley is a writer and editor currently based on the East Coast (help, how did this happen??). She's been with Bitch in one form or another since 2010, when she started as a New Media Intern, and most recently served as Bitch's first and only Music Editor, from 2016-2017. Past resume lines include Assistant Producer for All Songs Considered at NPR Music, panelist on Pop Culture Happy Hour, and bylines at NPR and Ms. Katie is also a doula and herbalist, and writes a blog on herbal medicine, "The Herbal Apprentice." She also co-founded the first full-spectrum doula organization in Texas, The Bridge Collective. She is also a late-comer to being a Dog Person, but currently lives with four cats. 

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