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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: JW-Jones

By Chris Cline on July 8, 2013

JW-Jones is a crowd pleaser – with his groovy, rock ‘n’ roll stylings, you’ll be hard-pressed not to get up and dance. After touring all around the world and back again, JW-Jones has clearly figured out what the people want. His music gets at the more traditional music associated with Bluesfest – the blues themselves. And while he’s no stranger to the Bluesfest stage, this will be the closest JW gets to making one of his dreams come true – read on for our interview with the man himself!

How would you describe your sound?

50s/60s blues and rock ‘n’ roll grooves and a high-energy live show!

How long have you been playing music, and how has your sound evolved during that time?

I’ve been playing for about 17 years.  The band’s music has always been a snapshot of what I am feeling at the time, musically and lyrically.  We’re a lot less traditional (blues) now, with more modern song-writing ideas and grooves.  We document everything on our Facebook page  – hopefully your readers will join us on there!

What are you hoping to get out of your Bluesfest performance? Fans, adoration, festival experience etc?

All of the above!  My dream is to play with B.B. King, and this will be the closest I’ve been to making it a reality, but it’s a long shot. A boy can dream!

Are there any other bands on the bill you are excited to see?

Ronnie Earl is amazing, he is the most soulful blues guitarist in the world in my opinion. I had the chance to play with him a couple of years ago in New York, and he’s unbelievable.  Black Keys and Zac Brown will be fun to see as well.

Beer, wine, or the hard stuff?

Mill Street Stout is my current fave, low in alcohol, and smooth!!