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Johnny Jones

Guitarist and singer/songwriter Johnny Jones writes and sings about thoroughly modern themes in a tradition-based blues style. The Nashville-based Jones is one of a handful of veteran, virtuoso bluesmen who are local heroes on the Nashville blues scene, which is surprisingly healthy given Nashville's legacy as a home for country music.

Jones was born in 1936 and moved to Memphis at age 13. He moved with his mother to Chicago in the early '50s, in time to learn from and share stages with the likes of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. For a time, Jones shared an apartment with harmonica player Walter McCollum, and together, the pair formed a small group that worked regularly with harmonica player Junior Wells and guitarist Freddie King.

After tiring of long Chicago winters, Jones moved south again, this time to Nashville, to pursue a career as a studio guitarist. He formed a band in the early '60s, the Imperial Seven. That band worked regularly at the famous New Era Club in Nashville. While working in studios with the Imperial Seven, blues-rock master Jimi Hendrix would come sit in from time to time. Also in the 1960s, Jones played rhythm guitar along with Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown in the house band for a Dallas TV show, The Beat. In 1968 he formed a new band, the King Casuals, which cut several singles for Peachtree. By the end of the 1970s, frustrated by the feast or famine nature of a bluesman's income and irregular pay schedules, Jones retired, aside from an occasional stint playing guitar for Bobby "Blue" Bland when his tour bus would be making its way through Tennessee. Around Nashville in the late '90s, Jones accompanied the likes of Earl Gaines, Roscoe Shelton, Charles Walker, and others at local clubs. He finally released his debut album under his own name, I Was Raised on the Blues, in 1999. Two years later, he released Blues Is in the House for the Toronto-based Northern Blues Music label; the album was very well received by college and public radio DJs. He has long remained one of the stars of Nashville's often overlooked blues club scene. ~ Richard Skelly, Rovi
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good blues
Full F*rt Framåt
GOOD BLUES
Go Johnny Go, enjoyed it
oh yeah
This is what you put in to make BLUZZZ JJ. 3M 14Y
Pandora changed my life typed in roy Buchanan radio and the blues that comes off this station is unreal
awesome blues his is how the blues should be played
This is classic blues for the blues is always between a man and a woman.
LOL......... M Y MY DIRTY DIRTY SONG......LO V E D IT
Bio is wrong. this is johnny Jones the guitarist.
I was born with an old blues soul. Im not sure if it was a blessing or a curse ???
sascrimenti
Consistently good tunes from Mr. Jones.
us2bst2
Just listened to Girlfriend Blues. I just found out my girlfriend's got a girlfriend. What a funny song. Great sound.
scottcampbel l 1 9 5 8
This bio is wrong.
marcwhite0
I wish I could find his albums. Maybe I'll send an email to Northern Blues. I wish I had heard his music while he was still alive.
Fine music
jdools
where do you find 'em
Try and get the facts straight Pandora. One Bio says he died at 40 another says he was still playing in the 1990's. Check your info first. According to his obituary he died at 73 in 2009. One is talking about Little Johnny Jones the pianist and the other is Johnny Jones the guitarist who mentored Jimi Hendrix. Which one was being played???
"frustrated by the feast or famine nature of a bluesman's income, Jones retired..." What a tragedy... The world missed out on another great blues man.
I can't even imagine 'hearing' this in my head in order to translate it to my fingers and then those strings - wow - must be interesting inside HIS head! Good stuff
Not once have I heard a boring tune by this artist.Keep on belting out this Johnny Jones cat.
He sounds super good. I love his voice. He should be known the world over. He sounds better than a whole lot of "popular" people today!

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