By Annie Reuter
As half of Steel Magnolia (with Meghan Linsey), Jones is is best known for the duo’s singles “Keep On Lovin’ You,” “Just By Being You (Halo and Wings)” and “Last Night Again.” For his video debut as a solo artist, though, he took a cue from Beyoncé‘s “Single Ladies.” His “Honky (If You’re Tonky)” video is a mostly black-and-white clip is built around two women dancing Texas two-step in the shadows (watch it below).
“I wanted to make a dance video, but a honky tonk style video, so we shot half of it in black and white, and the other half in color,” Jones told Billboard. “It was me, and two dancers. One was my girlfriend. They choreographed it. They brought the vision to life. It’s edgy, cool, and upbeat. I think it’s something people won’t want to take their eyes off of.”
Jones has been working on his own solo material since he and Linsey parted ways last year as a band and as a couple (they had been together five years and engaged). Now he’s gearing up to release his debut solo album, The Healing, later this year.
“This has been a long time coming for me,” he said. “I feel like it’s really a chance for my voice to be heard. It’s really a personal record that reflects on my head space over the past few years and what I’ve been through. I’m excited about it because I think it will translate well to all the fans we had as a duo in Steel Magnolia. I tried to take them with me for the ride, and gain a few more. It means a lot to me.”