Billboard Top 10 Blues Artist, 2020 IBC Winner, and JUNO Nominee, Canadian singer/guitarist JW-Jones is known for his high-energy shows!
Fresh off the heels of winning “Best Guitarist” at the 2020 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Jones was stoked for a huge year before COVID-19 hit and halted his tour schedule.
“I knew I had to do something productive to stay positive. I turned isolation into inspiration!” said the JUNO-nominated Jones, whose searing axemanship has been praised in recent years by legendary blues artists Buddy Guy and Chuck Leavell (The Rolling Stones).
From original music to previously unreleased songs, “this album sounds bigger and wider-than-ever” says Jones. It features a 17-piece band with a 13-piece horn section, plus additional tracking of vocals, guitars, and studio effects that led to a most appropriate title, Sonic Departures.
After releasing ‘Live” less than two years ago, the frequent resident of Billboard’s Top 10 Blues charts and roots radio favourite continues to accelerate his career momentum to new heights, whether it’s as a personally requested sit-in with the likes of 8-time Grammy winner Buddy Guy, opening for blues-rock icon George Thorogood, or entertaining thrilled audiences in 23 countries and four continents.
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WILL LAURIN (DRUMS/VOCALS), JACOB CLARKE (ELECTRIC AND UPRIGHT BASS/VOCALS)
“This is an amazing blues band” – Dan Aykroyd [Elwood Blues]
“Highly regarded in blues circles” – Blues Revue Magazine [USA]
“JW-Jones is one of the best we’ve seen in 14 years! The fans loved it!” – Jacques Dubé, Festival Jazz & Blues de Saguenay [Chicoutimi, QC]
“Jones proves that he is not just a gifted guitarist, singer/songwriter but he continues to represent and channel the old school blues sound which has been handed down by the greats, whilst at the same time adding a contemporary twist which blues music fans can relate to in the present day” – National Rock Review [England]