The Juno Award nominee and Canadian blues guitarist & singer/songwriter J W JONES was the winner of the International Blues Challenge for “Best Self-Produced CD Award” for his ninth record “High Temperature” earlier this year. It’s released in the UK on Friday 20th October via Solid Blues Records / Proper Distribution.
Guitar World Magazine featured a CD called ‘Guitar Masters Vol. 2’ that placed Jones alongside guitar stars B.B. King, Jimmy Page, and Carlos Santana among others. This led to an endorsement with Gibson guitars. Hollywood actor Dan Aykroyd said, “this is an amazing blues band.”
“High Temperature” was produced by Grammy Award winner Colin Linden, who is the musical director of the Nashville television series.
The album coincides with an 18-date UK tour starting 23rd November at Worthing Pavilion [tour dates below]
The album features contributions from touring bassist Laura Greenberg, and also Dominic Davis (bass) Kevin McKendree (keys) Bran Owings (drums). Liam Russell sings harmonies on several tracks. The song “How Many Hearts” is a duet with country music singer-songwriter Jaida Dreyer.
The release also features songs by Ottawa based Dick Cooper (The Cooper Brothers) including the number “Who I Am.”
We had a listen:
The relaxing “Who I Am” is an unwrinkled trouble-free blues number, with organic keys and lots of rings and trembles.
The debonair guitar work is gallant and powerful without being hot-headed. This has plenty of “love in the heart” and says everything you need to know about the man.
“Same Mistakes” has a superior feel yet also incorporates that characteristic hayseed virtue you find in nearly all the songs. It suggests propriety and honest-to-goodness homespun magnanimity.
The guitar on this has the luster of verglas and the voice is as warm as a hot-toddy with rum-butter & nutmeg flavours.
“Where Do You Think I Was” has some baking hot guitar-work reminiscent of T-Bone Walker. This number has a country-swing, gleeful rhythms and conscience-pain within the folds. The honey-gold guitar is candied though not cloying.
This is an album of sophisticated white tie and tails blues numbers. Cool as alpine frost and smooth as raw silk.
Words: @neilmach 2017 ©