A Saskatoon Blues Society Presentation
JW 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.
Jones has released nine albums, and performed in twenty-three countries and four continents. In 2015/2016, JW played over 100 shows per year, including being invited five times to perform alongside Buddy Guy, and twice with Woodstock legends, Canned Heat.
Last year, George Thorogood & The Destroyers' management specifically requested Jones to open several of their tour dates including standing ovations at Massey Hall and Ottawa's National Arts Centre. JW's latest release 'High Temperature' was named the Hot Shot Debut on the Billboard Top 10. From the liner notes: "Acclaimed Nashville producer Colin Linden takes Jones into new territory with warm, analog-driven tones, and a wide-range of material. His evolution as a musician and vocalist shine through on this record like never before."
Real songs, real playing by real people, and JW is the real deal.
JW-Jones and his crack rhythm section delivered a top-shelf contemporary blues presentation and JW is a joy to do biz with.
He's a natural with excellent phrasing. It's great to see young people have the right idea about what blues music is.