TOM JONES: He isn’t letting the green, green grass grow under his feet

Originally published 2016

Tom Jones, the hitmaker whose work dates back more than half a century, continues to draw fans and make interesting recordings. Since 2010, he has been working with rock producer Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon, Ray LaMontagne) on a trilogy of albums that both return Jones to his bluesy roots in Wales and use a mix of contemporary songwriters, including Tom Waits, Richard Thompson and Gillian Welch.

We reached the 76-year-old singer in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he was finishing a South American tour before travelling north for a concert swing.

Strict ground rules for interviewing Jones decreed that "there should be no questions concerning Tom's family, the recent death of his wife, Elvis or .....

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