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JW- Jones



"JW-Jones is a red hot young Canadian guitar slinger/singer," says Grammy-winning producer Tom Hambridge. Canada’s national newspaper, the Globe and Mail, referred to this Maple Blues Award winner as "one of this country’s top blues guitar stars." Billboard called JW part of "a new wave of young talent moving onto Canada’s blues stage."

Jones has released seven albums, performed in nineteen countries and four continents, and averages over one hundred shows per year. Dan Aykroyd has called Jones’ group an "amazing blues band" and American magazine, Blues Revue, said "Jones’ style is a fluid amalgam of T-Bone Walker’s big, bright chords, Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson’s slashing leads, and Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown’s jazzy sting."

Jones was born in Ottawa, Ontario and started playing drums at 13, at that time into Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and classic rock. A few years later, after witnessing a B.B. King performance, he fell in love with the blues and decided to take up the guitar. Soon he was absorbing the influences of artists such as Albert King, Freddie King, T-Bone Walker, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Jimmie Vaughan, and later, West Coast guitarists Junior Watson and Little Charlie Baty.

In 1998 he won a "Battle of the Bands" contest. The following year he won a "Best Guitar Riff-Off" competition and used the studio time prize to record his debut album, Defibrillatin, released in 2000 by Toronto-based label Northern Blues Music, which also released his next five CDs.

Jones’ "epiphany moment" came shortly after signing with Northern Blues: "I was in college for a computer course, but my focus was on the music and not school. I remember walking away from the college one day, and just like the movies… I looked back at the school, and said to myself, ‘I am never coming back here.’ It was the best decision I’ve ever made. After that, it was complete concentration on building my career."

He started by garnering three consecutive Maple Blues Award nominations and being invited to perform onstage with The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, and Junior Watson.

Jones’ second release, Bogart’s Bounce, included performances by singer/harp player Kim Wilson and pianist Gene Taylor of The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Kim Wilson produced Jones’ next release, My Kind of Evil, which featured well-known Canadian singer/guitarist Colin James as guest. Then in 2006, Jones released Kissing in 29 Days, which included performances by Ray Charles’ saxophone player of 12 years, David "Fathead" Newman.

On Jones’ fifth release, Bluelisted (2008), he got the chance to work with two of his guitar heroes, Little Charlie Baty and Junior Watson, and rhythm section Richard Innes and Larry Taylor. The liner notes were provided by Dan Aykroyd. For his next project Jones headed to Memphis’ famed Sun Studios to record with Hubert Sumlin. The resulting album, Midnight Memphis Sun, was released in 2010 and also featured guest Charlie Musselwhite, who stated that "JW Jones is one of the best guitar players I’ve heard in a long time. He and his band do great tunes. They play with taste and fire at the same time." Jones’ 2012 release, Seventh Hour was the second release in a row to hit #1 on "B.B. King’s Bluesville" on XM Sirius Satellite radio, leading to the band opening for B.B. at the Ottawa Bluesfest, and an endorsement deal with Gibson guitars.

Jones’ new release, Belmont Boulevard, his first for US label Blind Pig, distributed by Stony Plain in Canada, was produced in Nashville by Grammy-winning producer Tom Hambridge, who’s helmed projects for Buddy Guy, George Thorogood, and Susan Tedeschi. Jones chose Hambridge to produce because "This CD is all about getting out of my comfort zone musically and lyrically, working with a big producer and creating a high-energy experience that matches our live show, and I knew Tom was the man to make that happen."

For the songs on the album, Jones decided to delve deep into his personal life and tell some of his stories that he’d never revealed before. He co-wrote many of the songs with Hambridge, whose tunes have been recorded by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rascal Flatts, and Delbert McClinton. "Digging deep into some very serious personal stories from my past and turning them into songs has been liberating and part of the healing process. I hope these songs resonate with listeners that have been through similar experiences," said Jones.

The future does indeed look bright for this upcoming star. Known for his high-energy, crowd-pleasing shows, Jones recently opened tours for the late Johnny Winter and one of his strongest influences, Jimmie Vaughan (about whom Jones penned a song on the new album). Now, with his latest recording, he’s excited about reaching an even wider audience.

Musicians that tour with Jones (and appear on the new CD): Jamie Holmes (drums) and the heavy grooves of Laura Greenberg (bass) always add a powerful energy to the stage.

Jones is looking forward to his association with Blind Pig/Stony Plain as he continues to perfect his craft, saying, "Signing with Blind Pig is truly an honour and major milestone in my career. I am ecstatic to be on a label that is a fixture in roots music. I’ve been listening to their records since I was a kid! With Stony Plain and Warner Music handling the Canadian release, this is a winning team!"

Belmont Boulevard

Belmont Boulevard
BPCD 5162
Genre: Blues
Released: 7 October 2014
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On Ottawa-based blues singer/guitarist's debut Stony Plain/Blind Pig release, JW-Jones is ready to break out. Produced by Grammy Award-winner Tom Hambridge, on Belmont Boulevard Jones takes us through some of his past personal stories, a journey he describes as "liberating and part of the healing process."

Described by the Globe and Mail as "one of this country's top blues guitar stars," and a 2014 Top 40 Under 40 recipient from the Ottawa Business Journal, now is the time to catch Maple Blues Award winner JW-Jones for yourself.

  1. Love Times Ten (4:06)
  2. Watch Your Step (3:49)
  3. Blue Jean Jacket (4:12)
  4. Coming After Me (3:59)
  5. Don’t Be Ashamed (2:59)
  6. Thank You (3:56)
  7. Magic West Side Boogie (3:42)
  8. What Would Jimmie Do (3:15)
  9. If It Feels This Good Tomorrow (3:46)
  10. What’s Inside Of You (4:48)
  11. Never Worth It (4:07)
  12. Cocaine Boy (7:08)
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