13 “Favorites” with Rock Chart Topper Ayron Jones

In 2021, Pacific Northwest rocker Ayron Jones earned his first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Airplay charts with his song “Mercy” from his acclaimed LP, Child of the State. Well, to prove Jones is no one-hit wonder, the stellar six-string player earned the accolade again, topping the outlet’s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart with his new single, “Blood in the Water.”

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As such, we here at American Songwriter felt now was the perfect time to catch up with Jones and play a little game we like to call 13 Favorites, wherein we ask some accomplished musicians what their favorite songs, lyrics, and collaborations are.

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Let’s dive in.

American Songwriter: What is your favorite song you’ve written?   

Ayron Jones: I think my favorite song is probably “Otherside.” To me, it’s this really cool mix of modern and classic without taking away from either side.

AS: What is your favorite song by someone else?  

AJ: Right now, it’s gotta be “Planet Zero” by Shinedown.

AS: What is your favorite holiday song

AJ: “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey.

AS: Who is your favorite artist

AJ: Michael Jackson has to be my all-time favorite.

AS: What is your favorite album

AJ: Audioslave by Audioslave.

AS: What is your favorite venue you’ve played?  

AJ: I once opened for Deep Purple at a Roman coliseum-turned-amphitheater in Nimes, France. That’s got to be my favorite.

AS: What is your favorite collaboration you’ve been part of?  

AJ: I worked on a project with Duff McKagen, Barrett Martin, Kim Thayil and Mike McCready called Levee Walkers. It’s some of my earliest recorded work but an incredible experience. 

AS: What is your favorite nursery rhyme?    

AJ: ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.”

AS: What is your favorite food on the road?   

AJ: I love to get Vietnamese pho when I’m on the road.

AS: What is your favorite thing on your rider?   

AJ: This is funny. My bottle of Jameson!

AS: What is your favorite musical decade?  

AJ: The ’90s and Early 2000s for me. Incredible era of music. 

AS: What is your favorite song lyric?   

AJ: …If I don’t see you no more in this world, I’ll see you in the next one. Don’t be late. That’s Jimi Hendrix.

AS: What is your favorite thing about music

AJ: Music is this unseen fiber of our world. Its vibrations aren’t just heard, they are felt and experienced. Music is the way we put meaning to our universe. 

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