JW-Jones, a red hot young Canadian guitar slinger/songwriter, is set to break out in the U.S. and worldwide music scenes with his new release on renowned American roots music label Blind Pig Records, entitled Belmont Boulevard.
Jones, who hails from Ottawa, is a popular and highly acclaimed artist in Canada. Widely considered one of that country’s premier touring blues acts, he’s set to embark on a extensive U.S. tour (see dates below) in support of the October 14th release. Known as a high-energy crowd-pleaser, he’s also a festival favorite throughout Canada. Dan Aykroyd, known for his Blues Brothers persona “Elwood Blues,” has called JW’s group an “amazing blues band.”
Canada’s national newspaper, the Globe and Mail, based in Toronto, referred to Jones 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.” Here in the U.S., Blues Revue stated that “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.”
The album was produced 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 for the first time to delve deep into his personal life and tell some of his stories that had never been told before. He co-wrote many of the songs with Hambridge, a noted songwriter whose tunes have been recorded by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rascal Flatts, and Delbert McClinton, among others, and featured in movies, commercials, and television.
Jones has worked with an impressive list of high-profile blues artists – Charlie Musselwhite, Hubert Sumlin, Kim Wilson, David “Fathead” Newman, and Jimmie Vaughan (about whom he penned a song on the album entitled “What Would Jimmie Do?”).
Jones, excited about the new release and the upward trajectory of his career, said, “Signing with Blind Pig is truly an honour and major milestone for me. 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!”
To watch an short introductory video on Belmont Boulevard, please see below…
Label: Blind Pig Records
Release: 14 October 2014
01. Live Times Ten
02. Watch Your Step
03. Blue Jean Jacket
04. Coming After me
05. Don’t be Ashamed
06. Thank You
07. Magic West Side Boogie
08. What Would Jimmy Do
09. If It Feels This Good Tomorrow
10. What’s Inside Of You
11. Never Worth It
12. Cocaine Boy
Website JW-Jones: http://www.jw-jones.com/