Following on from his sold-out show at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club in the summer of 2016 Canadian blues maestro JW Jones makes a welcome return to Tyneside.
Tonight both ice and snow line the streets of the Ouseburn Valley surrounding one of the city’s most beloved watering holes The Cluny, and the host of this evening’s show.
Since his last appearance in the North East of England, the Billboard Top 10 blues artist has released the follow-up to 2014’s Belmont Boulevard in the shape of his new studio album High Temperature. On a wintery day in Newcastle, that’s just what the North East blues fans very much desire.
As JW Jones takes to the stage he sets the tone for the night ahead with a trio of songs from his latest offering. These include instrumental set opener “Wham”, the driving blues-rock number “Price You Pay”, and the blistering title track itself. During the course of the show, Jones includes the lion’s share of his new album with seven of the eleven tracks on the record featuring in the show.
JW Jones distinctive old school blues sound conjures up images of the blues greats of yore. Tonight JW pays homage to some of his biggest influences including both BB King and Jimmy Rogers. However, it is Jones stunning tribute to Chicago blues legend Magic Sam “Magic West Side Boogie” which truly stands out in the set. During the latter of which Jones also manages to segue a few bars of the classic “Voodoo Chile”.
In the closing stages of the show, each member of this impressive trio takes their moment in the spotlight during a number they refer to as“French Toast”. Throughout this musical extravaganza each of the group swap instruments; bass, guitar and drums respectively as they walk through a medley of numbers which traverses everything from the Pink Panther theme tune through to Jim Hendrix. This impressive display of talent culminates with both bass player Laura Greenberg and JW playing their instruments behind their heads.
Tonight JW 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.
Event Date: 10-Dec-2017