Instructing at the Hornby Island Blues Workshop for the second time, JUNO Award Nominee and Billboard Top 10 Blues artist JW-Jones tours constantly, and is known for his high-energy live shows. Jones has released nine albums, and performed in twenty-three countries and four continents. In 2015/2016, JW played over 100 shows per year, including being invited five times to perform alongside Buddy Guy, and twice with Woodstock legends, Canned Heat. Last year, George Thorogood & The Destroyers’ management specifically requested Jones to open several of their tour dates including standing ovations at Massey Hall and Ottawa’s National Arts Centre.
JW’s latest release ‘High Temperature’ was named the Hot Shot Debut on the Billboard Top 10. From the liner notes: “Acclaimed Nashville producer Colin Linden takes Jones into new territory with warm, analog-driven tones, and a wide-range of material. His evolution as a musician and vocalist shine through on this record like never before. Real songs, real playing by real people, and JW is the real deal.” – Chuck Leavell (The Rolling Stones)
Skilled as both an improviser and well-practised player as he tells it “Playing from the heart and playing with soul doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re completely improvising every riff. A lot of what I do just comes out of me, and even if it’s a B.B. King riff I have played 100 times, I can still deliver it from the heart.” With an incredible work ethic and constant touring schedule, guitarist, singer, and songwriter JW-Jones has a well-deserved reputation in Canada as being one of the hardest-working blues touring acts anywhere. American magazine 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.” Now that’s an earful!
We are excited to hear what JW has to offer Workshop students and to hear him play as he dovetails into the week’s gigs. Given the raves and kudos for his recorded work, and the accolades of his concert reviews, it promises to be memorable.