High Temperature Conversation With JW Jones

High Temperature Conversation With JW Jones

High Temperature Conversation With JW Jones

BD: I was delighted when I was sent your latest album High Temperature out Friday 20th October 2017 the follow-up to Belmont Boulevard to review.  But first – let’s go back to the early days

 

BD: What were your first musical influences growing up in Ottawa, Ontario?
JWJ:
JWJ: I started out playing drums at 13 years old.  I was into classic rock: Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix etc. As I explored their influences, I discovered blues greats like BB King, Howlin’ Wolf, and Muddy Waters. Then, when I was 15 I saw BB King live in Ottawa. I went to the show as a drummer and left wanting to pick up a guitar.

Growing up in Ottawa, there were a couple of great blues clubs. The Rainbow Bistro is still open, and when I’m in town I play there. Another club, Tucson’s, is closed. I saw tons of great blues bands there when I was younger and became friends with so many of my musical heroes. Most touring blues bands don’t come through Ottawa anymore, other than to perform at the Blues Festival.
When the festival started, it was truly a blues festival. Now it’s more of a general music festival with everyone from Kiss to Lady Gaga. But they still bring in great blues artists like Buddy Guy, Dr John, Luther Allison, The Fabulous Thunderbirds etc.

BD: High Temperature is certainly getting noticed for all the right reasons.  Awards seem to follow your releases including for High Temperature produced by Nashville-based Colin Linden, which recently won “Best Self-Released CD” at the 2017 ‘International Blues Challenge’ (via Blues Foundation in Memphis).

JWJ: It was a huge surprise to be nominated since I had not heard of the category. I thought the International Blues Challenge(IBC) was about performances. I have been a judge at the IBC, which was a great experience. The Ottawa Blues Society approached me saying they wanted to submit High Temperature. Out of 93 entries, I heard I was in the top 5 or 6, which was exciting enough. When they announced that it had won, it was a nice surprise.

BD: Tell us about the making of the album number NINE. BD: The album is full of blues, with the genre being mixed in with other influences including Country, was this due to Nashville-based Colin Linden’s influence?

JWJ: Colin Linden is well-versed in roots music. He was mentored by Howlin’ Wolf, so he has a long history with the blues. He also works on the TV show “Nashville” as the musical director, so he brought a combination of influences to the album.

One song that comes to mind is “Where Do You Think I Was”, which I wrote in drop “D” tuning on guitar at home. I had no idea which way it would go in the studio. When I went in there, the studio musicians played their parts, then vocal harmonies were added. All of a sudden, it sounded like it had a bit of a country tinge to it.
My last two albums were recorded in Nashville with producers. This one with Colin Linden, and my previous album, Belmont Boulevard, with Tom Hambridge. Both producers assumed that the albums would be made using studio musicians. I had to fight to get my own band on a few songs. I believe it is important to have my own touring band on the album because they bring a different approach to the songs. They know blues music well since it is what we play every day on the road.

BD: Does the Title of the album High Temperature have any particular significance?

JWJ: “High Temperature” is a song by Little Walter, which we recorded for the album. I thought it would be a good title for the record because it ties into our live show, which is high energy.

BD: The album is inspirational with the track Who I Am being deeply personal as you share life experiences. Do you find it easy to open up using the power of your lyrics, vocals and guitar?

JWJ: That changed on the last record. Before that, I had not written anything really personal. For Belmont Boulevard, I mentioned to Tom Hambridge that I wanted to write a song about my childhood. He said to do it. Once I did this and got a positive reaction, I felt liberated. So on High Temperature I dug deeper with the song “Who I Am”. It is so moving to get emails from people saying they went through similar experiences. It is a beautiful thing to have your songs appreciated and understood.

BD: I have always been interested in the lyrics of a song. How do you set about writing your music is it words first or sometimes a guitar lick or riff that inspires you?

JWJ: Songs are all individual. Some come all together at once, but that is rare. My brain works in two ways. One side gives me the chord changes, riffs that develop the melody and the other side the words that become the lyric. I then play match-up with the tune to the lyrics to the melodies. It takes a lot of trial and error just have to keep going until it clicks.

 BD: Where do you get your inspiration for your songwriting?

JWJ: Every song is different. Some come together all at once, but that is rare. In my brain, there are two sides to writing a song. One side is the chord changes and riffs. The other side is the words and lyrics. I then have to match the chords with the lyrics and melody. Sometimes I try a few different ideas with the same lyrics. It takes a lot of trial and error, so I just keep at it until it clicks.

BD: Having toured the U.K. for the first time in 2016, long overdue having heard you and the band play in Swansea. You are back in the U.K. in November. With 17 dates will you be touring with the same band?

JWJ: The band is Laura Greenberg on bass, who was on the first U.K. tour and has been in the band for over five years, and we’ve got a great new drummer, Will Laurin. The UK tour last year was my favourite tour to date. I was nervous about stepping into the unknown, but the response was incredible with people travelling miles to see us on multiple shows. We really started to develop a fan base.

Now we are coming back to new towns and venues. We are taking a risk by renting venues, when we normally get paid to play, so we have to sell tickets in advance. On the positive side, there is a huge potential for growth. I would love to make this a regular tour, so we need to get everybody talking about us on social media and building a buzz for the tour. I loved the British experience and I am looking forward to going back.

BD: With new album and touring do you have any exciting plans for 2018 and beyond?

JWJ: My goal is to keep playing festivals, clubs, and theatres. I am also planning a live record for 2018. The last nine albums have been studio recordings, so it will be a first. People have been asking about a live record for years, so I think it’s about time.

BD: If you were putting together the perfect band with members from across the years (dead or alive) who would you have playing
JWJ:

Drums: Richard Innes
Bass: Larry Taylor / James Jamerson
Guitar: Jimmie Vaughan
Harmonica: Little Walter
Organ: Jimmy Smith
Piano: Chuck Leavell
Vocals: Aretha Franklin / BB King

 

Find out more about JW Jones at – www.jw-jones.com

Read Bluesdoodles Reviews for JW Jones:-

High Temperature –  Review HERE

Beaumont Boulevard –  Review HERE

JW Jones Live in the U.K. HERE

JW Jones 2017 UK Tour Information HERE

 

High Temperature Conversation With JW Jones

 

 

JW Jones Raising Blues to a High Temperature

JW Jones Raising Blues to a High Temperature

JW Jones Raising Blues to a High Temperature

 

JW Jones Raising Blues to a High Temperature that is a certainty on his latest album; the follow-up to his critically acclaimed and Juno nominated Belmont Boulevard.   JW has raised the temperature steaming the notes and forming a new a new sound full of warm tones with his vocals adding to the tonal colour of blues infused music full of soulfulness.

Thirteen original numbers, twelve of them co-written by Dick Cooper, of the Cooper Brothers. The song making up the baker’s dozen, How Many Hearts is co-written by Jaida Dreyer and Colin Linden.  The songs are a mix of the personal, playful and painful, life is being tempered by the high temperature of the guitar playing and strong songwriting.

Opening with Price You Pay, the guitar is sharp as a gun slinger looking for a challenge, it is a statement this is my stage I am in control of the sparkling blues. The lyrics unfold a story unfurled and we know what the price it is we have to pay.  Introducing us once more to his touring bassist Laura Greenberg, whose tones reflect back the sound of Jones’ six-strings. The drummer on the album is Bryan Owings as High Temperature was recorded before Will Laurin joined the band as the drummer.

Focusing on the power of JW Jones, there is not an array of guests the sound is what you expect to hear when JW tours with his band, and the exception to the rule, there has to be one, is Jaida Dreyer joining him on her own composition How Many Hearts. The two vocals harmonise and curl around the lyrics, beat and keys courtesy of Kevin McKendree. Quickly followed by the title track full of swing and mellow blues a big band sound that lays down the influences that dominate the album High Temperature. This is Blues for a good time full of delicious tonal licks, shuffles and the cutest hooks for JW to hang his vocals from. The sound is luscious full-on with the layering of the instruments so that the sound has a richness and depth that is worth every minute that your ears explore the cadences. This is big time Blues, full of confidence and pizzazz.

The first three numbers lay down the quality of JW Jones Raising Blues to a High Temperature; under the skills of the producer Colin Linden’s hand. The studio sound is crisp and warm; with the free from the fluidity of Jones’ live performances. The reach of the vocals is far connecting to the listener with a genuine heartfelt affection of tone. Opening up even further than he did on Cocaine Boy on Belmont Boulevard, you get to know about the real JW Jones on Who I Am. On this emotionally charged blues number, the guitar squeals as the vocals connecting blues in the blood with the life ethics his Grandfather instilled in him making sure he has love in his heart. The cascading keys is a statement of the roads travelled to have the confidence to state this is Who I Am. The album is outward looking, never self-absorbing, the beat picks up with driving rhythms encouraging foot-tapping not tears.

The blues are never far from any JW Jones number blue sparkles and shimmer deep as a sapphire under the brightest moonlight on Midnight Blues. Full of static electricity and the power of the big band sound of urban blues at the top of their game.

Closing out the album we have a turn in the bending road of blues infused music with a country feel. This is fast high-tailing music where the guitar takes centre stage on this instrumental allowing the instruments to take us on a journey painting a picture leaving us with the Wham factor.

High Temperature, from JW Jones is a must for lovers of electric blues, the album goes beyond the genres delighting guitar driven music lovers everywhere when combined with the infectious nature of a soulful voice.

JW Jones Raising Blues to a High Temperature

TENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Price You Pay
  2. How Many Hearts
  3. High Temperature
  4. Murder In My Heart For The Judge
  5. Who I Am
  6. Away Too Long
  7. Same Mistakes
  8. Leave Me Out
  9. Midnight Blues
  10. Out Of The Woods
  11. Already Know
  12. Where Do You Think I Was
  13. Wham

 

JW Jones Raising Blues to a High Temperature

 

High Temperature Tour and Album with JW Jones

High Temperature Tour and Album with JW Jones

 

High Temperature Tour and Album with JW Jones

 

High Temperature Tour and Album with JW Jones bringing double joy from the blues power that is JW Jones: New Album High Temperature released Friday 20th October 2017 plus touring the UK throughout November and December 2017.

“His evolution as a musician and vocalist shine through on this record like never before. Real songs, real playing by real people. JW is the real deal.” 
–  Chuck Leavell (The Rolling Stones)

JW Jones, the award-winning Canadian blues rock guitarist and singer-songwriter, will release his new album “High Temperature” on Solid Blues Records via Proper Distribution in the UK and Europe

“High Temperature”, produced by Nashville-based Colin Linden, recently won “Best Self-Released CD” at the 2017 ‘International Blues Challenge’ (via Blues Foundation in Memphis), and was also named the ‘Hot Shot Debut’ on the Billboard Top 10.

“High Temperature” is the follow-up to JW’s JUNO Award nominated 2014 album Belmont Boulevard”, which was nominated for a Maple Blues Award, and held the #1 position on Canadian roots radio stations for 13 weeks.

Bluesdoodles saw JW Jones live last year. Wow what  a show, thoroughly recommended  Do Not Miss Him This Time.  “Swansea heard and felt the sinews of blues emotional magic weave around the venue tonight. Come back soon JW Jones”Read what we said HERE.

Belmont Boulevard Review from Bluesdoodles HERE

High Temperature Tour and Album with JW Jones

JW JONES
“HIGH TEMPERATURE”
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 UK TOUR

BOOK TICKETS FROM  JW Jones Website 

Worthing Pavilion
Thursday 23rd November 2017
Book Tickets: SeeTickets.com
Book Tickets: 
www.worthingpier.co.uk
Venue Tel: 01903 366 017

Cellar Bar, Bear Hotel, Devizes

Friday 24th November 2017
Book Tickets: www.disorderlysounds.co.uk
Venue: 01380 722 444
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The Thunderbolt, Bristol
Saturday 25th November 
2017
Book Tickets: www.bristolticketshop.co.uk
Venue Tel: 0117 373 8947

Mr Kyps, Poole
Sunday 26th November 
2017
Book Tickets: www.mrkyps.net
Venue Box Office: 01202 748 945

Marr’s Bar, Worcester
Monday 27th November 
2017
Book Tickets: www.marrsbar.co.uk
Venue Tel: 01905 613 336

Robin 2, Bilston

Tuesday 28th November 2017
Book Tickets: www.therobin.co.uk
Venue Box Office: 01902 401 211

Wednesday 29th November 
2017
Book Tickets: www.hullboxoffice.com
Venue Tel: 01482 317 941
Venue Email: 
Mal@kardomah94.com

The Musician, Leicester
Thursday 30th November 
2017
Book Tickets: www.wegottickets.com
Venue Tel: 0116 251 0080

Pizza Express, Maidstone
Friday 1st December 
2017
Book Tickets: www.pizzaexpresslive.com
Venue Tel: 
01622 683 548

Borderline, London
Saturday 2nd December 
2017
Book Tickets: www.seetickets.com
Book Tickets: www.ticketweb.co.uk
Ticket Hotline: 0844 847 1678

 Edinburgh Voodoo Rooms   – “Edinburgh Blues Club”
Sunday 3rd December 
2017
Book Tickets: www.ticketweb.co.uk
Book Tickets: 
https://tickets-scotland.com
Email contact: info@edinburgh-blues.co.uk 

Waterfront, Norwich
Tuesday 5th December 
2017
Book Tickets: http://thewaterfrontstudio.ticketabc.com
Venue Tel: 01603 508 050

Brighton Komedia

Wednesday 6th December 2017
Book Tickets: www.komedia.co.uk/brighton
Venue Box Office: 01273 647 100

Southampton Talking Heads

Thursday 7th December 2017
Book Tickets: www.thetalkingheads.co.uk
Venue Tel: 02380 361 970

Keighley Blues Live

Friday 8th December 2017
Book Tickets: www.list.co.uk
Venue Tel: 01274 562 252

Glasgow Sleazy’s
Saturday 9th December 
2017
Book Tickets: www.pmmusic.co.uk

Newcastle Cluny 2
Sunday 10th December 
2017
Book Tickets: www.seetickets.com
Venue Tel: 0191 221 2659

High Temperature Tour and Album with JW Jones

High Temperature Tour and Album with JW Jones

JW Jones Bringing Blues Joy to The Garage

JW Jones Bringing Blues Joy to The Garage

JW Jones Bringing Blues Joy to The Garage

 

 

JW Jones Bringing Blues Joy to The Garage

Saturday night The Garage, Swansea filled as we waited for Canadian Blues. Opening the proceedings tonight singer/songwriter Sam York. He shared a selection of his own work including Safety In Numbers and Crazy World. He entertained sharing that this is not his first time in Wales as he has previously played guitar with another – Jones, Tom! With a short break the second Canadian Act of Bluesdoodles in a few days stepped on the stage.

 

JW Jones Bringing Blues Joy to The GarageJW Jones is known for a high-energy show his Gibson Les Paul is magical putty with the deft Jones fingering. This award-winning act is in Swansea tonight showcasing his latest album Belmont Boulevard. This is a trio that has been exciting venues wherever he has played on the first U.K. tour for this pure blues trio. Accompanying JW on the stage were bassist Laura Greenberg and Mat Lapensee on drums. Opening with a great R&B instrumental to warm the venue, the perfect introduction for the Swansea crowd. The music flowed as the blues shaped some rock n’ roll and the rhythms were sharp and energetic then laid back and moody as the blues colours shifted tempo. The licks, riffs and hooks were silky smooth as the show unfurled with cadences of excitement. The stage was neat and tidy, no clutter from pedals and leads. Like JW the stage was as clean as the guitar sound. The Rhythm section was tight with flourishes that augmented the deep shifting urban blues Chicago in Swansea tonight. The medley showcased the slick guitar sound with Howlin’ Wolf and Willie Dixon linked by snippets of Smokestack Lightnin’; the lead breaks were lengthy but always swirling with innovation and the guitar at times physically wept. The drumming was deep and the bass a dark counterbalance to JW’s zinging energy from his six-strings. An instrumental medley of styles bought whoops of recognition as we heard Hendrix Bo Didley and so many more. This was blues entertainment not a churning out of one delightful tune after another. JW connected teasing the audience we were an integral part of the show.

JW Jones WM-8380Another track from Belmont Boulevard, Watch Your Step is energetic R’n’B at its best with solid rhythms giving JW the space to exploit his immense talents to the full. Buddy Guy and Jimmy Rogers visited The Garage tonight courtesy of the band. Then we had a change of tact, French Toast and it was “let’s swap instruments”. JW now the drummer, Laura lead guitar and Mat on Bass. This was fun and we loved the energy of the show and at the same time the authenticity of the blues that ran through your spine connecting your ears with your tapping feet. Following this as the show drew to a close a medley that was truly Name that Tune! This was mixed up guitar magic as we moved from Pop to sapphire sparkling blues and then a TV Theme tune and a hint of Rock, this was no mish-mash as the constant was JW Jones consummate guitar magic. There was one more piece of stage trickery as all three played the guitar at the same time, the behind the back playing for Laura and JW. These tricks showed the skills and the love of the blues. For Maria it will be always be a night to remember as JW danced with a pretty lady and played guitar without missing a note.

JW Jones Bringing Blues Joy to The GarageHigh quality entertainment with drumstick used as slide and superlative authentic blues guitar Canadian JW Jones makes his guitar talk and walk the blues.
JW was delighted to make Wales the 22nd country he has performed and wowed the crowds in. Back in the land of his fore-fathers his guitar playing was mesmerising and his vocals warm as they enhanced the whole experience. Swansea heard and felt the sinews of blues emotional magic weave around the venue tonight. Come back soon JW Jones.

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Canadian JW Jones Brings Blues to Belmont Boulevard

Canadian JW Jones Brings Blues to Belmont Boulevard

Canadian JW Jones
Brings Blues to Belmont Boulevard

 

Not heard of JW Jones well you should have. Out on tour in the UK and having been recording since early 2000 he is producing blues that is appealing a winning combo with blues guitar licking the lyrics into shape. Belmont Boulevard is 12 tracks that explores emotions through the spectrum of the blues. The music has an upbeat feel the tempo changes the textures deepen as he delivers tracks that are of a consistently high standard. He has he made his blues stand out from the crowd by allowing the blues to expand to include some rocking good beats and other tracks incorporate boogie and swing as we are having fun with every twist and turns of the blues JW Jones takes us.
Canadian JW Jones Brings Blues to Belmont Boulevard is his ninth album and the production is crisp, Tom Hambridge’s production lets Jones’ guitar do the talking this is a player who can make the six-strings walk the talk. With a mix of originals and covers, six JW Jones songs (four with Tom), Tom and his regular writing companions contribute four songs and two covers
The album opens with blues that takes you down a country lane with Love Times Ten and closes with Cocaine Boy a dark deep track opening with the swell of keys from Reese Wynans (Plays with Joe Bonamassa’s band)who will always be impressive and JW’s guitar. Blues to hit home sharp, raw, intense, personal with The Hoax rock vibe. In between we have Blue Jean Jacket telling to story of an item of clothing (we all had one) that made us feel cool and invincible in our youth. The covers have a twist of original re-arranging are Bobby Parker’s Watch Your Step, second track in foot-stomping blues that slips and slides across the airwaves. Then later in the album Buddy Guy’s, What’s Inside Of You with guitar that is hot and cascades through the number matching chord by chord with Reese’s’ organ playing to create spellbinding blues. With a boogie in mind we have Magic West Side Boogie, picking up the pace JW Jones gets the atmosphere fever pitch with energy and verve that zings from the guitar strings this is up tempo blues sharp as a clear blue sky. The album has harder edge blues and then turns as we sit back and let gentle blues flow over us with Coming After Me the vocals and guitar work in perfect harmony as the tale of the lyrics unfurl. Then off to Texas and What Would Jimmie Do? Sings JW; as he address one of his guitar influences Jimmie Vaughan.
Canadian JW Jones Brings Blues to Belmont Boulevard and it is an album that certainly

Bluesdoodles gives this CD EIGHT pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

 

JW Jones – Belmont Boulevard – Blind Pig Records

Track Listing

1. Love Ten times
2. Watch Your Step
3. Blue Jean Jacket
4. Coming After me
5. Don’t Be ashamed
6. Thank You
7. Magic West Side Boogie
8. What Would Jimmie Do?
9. If It feels Good Tomorrow
10. What’s Inside Of You
11. Never Worth It
12. Cocaine Boy

JW Jones Tour