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Andrew Jones

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Andrew Jones was born in Dallas, Texas, in 1948. The son of a big band singer, Jones acquired his moniker from his grandmother. Jones learned to play the guitar at a young age, and he joined Freddie King's backing band, the Thunderbirds, at the age of seventeen and toured with them for a couple of years. In 1967, Jones became part of Bobby Patterson's backing band, the Mustangs, playing on a number of Patterson's single releases. By the early 1970s, Jones had regular work in Dallas backing many musicians, plus he was tutored further in his guitar playing by Cornell Dupree.

In 1973, Jones re-joined King's backing ensemble, and played with him until King died in 1976. The latter part of the decade saw Jones create a soul group known as the Creators, who signed a recording contract with RCA Records. Penned by Jones, their 1979 single, "Blame It on Me", was more successful on the Northern soul circuit in the UK than in his home country. He worked locally in the early 1980s, primarily backing R.L. Griffin and Hal Harris, before finding regular work with Johnnie Taylor until 1985. In late 1987, he went to California joining Bobby Bland's drummer, Tony Coleman, and B.B. King's bassist, Russell Jackson, and played as the Silent Partners, who backed Katie Webster both in concert and on her Swamp Boogie Queen (1988) album. The trio became session musicians working with Charlie Musselwhite, with whom Jones remained until 1996. Jones toured the world in this period, and played on three Musselwhite albums; Ace of Harps (1990), Signature (1991), and In My Time (1993).

In 1997, Jones issued his debut solo album, I Need Time, via JSP Records. This was followed the year after by Watch What You Say (Rounder Records), although that label association soon finished. However, following Watch What You Say's release, Jones was nominated for a Blues Music Award for 'Best New Blues Artist'. A live album, Jr. Boy Live was released in 2006 and Gettin' Real, a more recent release appeared on the independent record label, Electro-Fi Records in 2009.

I Know What It’s Like (43rd Big Idea Records) Jones' sixth album was released in 2013 to excellent reviews. The CD has thirteen solid tracks blending Chicago-style grit, soulful R&B, swampy crawls, and jazzy instrumentals. Diversifying the sound very nicely but always maintaining a firmly rooted Blues foundation. This release also introduced guest artist Kerrie Lepai, a young woman with a powerful voice, who currently works with the band on a regular basis.

Kerrie Lepai‘Jr. Boy’ has been touring extensively with his blues band all over the country for the past few years, plus performing at several venues in and around the Dallas area. Andrew and his band have also performed at large festivals, such as the Texas Blues Radio Annual KNON Blues Festival, and international events like the Ottawa Blues Festival.

Sidebar: “He’s the real deal, y’all. Guitar player from Texas .. and a great singer. Great songwriter too .. “I Got You On My Speed Dial” is cool .. and the band is pumping .. the keyboard player does a monster ride on “G Thang”. Love the production .. great sound. Folks, this is a great blues album ..” - Kentucky Blues Society

 

 

 

 

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