Caroline Jones, "Bare Feet"
Who needs footwear? This summery blast of roots-pop finds Caroline Jones kicking off her shoes and digging her bare soles into the ground, all in an effort to "feel the world's heartbeat." It's a tribute to an all-natural lifestyle, backed by a glorious clamor of instruments – including baritone guitar, upright piano, dobro, synth, and banjo – played by Jones herself. Co-produced by the singer/songwriter, "Bare Feet" sounds like the countrified cousin to Vanessa Carlton's "A Thousand Miles," making it a candidate for someone's song of the summer. For Jones, that summer song is likely a Jimmy Buffett jam: she'll open a new round of six shows for the perennial beach bum beginning in May. R.C.