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The Groove - Crossroads Blues

Dennis Jones Band—WE3 Live Blue Rock Records www.dennisjonescentral.com/ 14 Tracks Dennis Jones discovered guitar at his grandfather’s home in Maryland. After getting his own guitar at the age of 13, he made his way through high school bands, the military and family life to go on and release 6 CDs and a DVD. Jones also played with the Zack Harmon Band, and is currently based in California. This is blues rock in a modern vein. Jones plays guitar and sings in his power trio band. He is joined by Sam Correa (bass, background vocals) and Raymond Johnson (drums). This is a live release, recorded at Beaver Creek Brewery in Wilbaux, MT. There is only one cover on this 14 track release. “Blue Over You” is the opening cut. It is a pretty straight forward blues rock tune with a nice jam in the middle of the song and a strong guitar solo. On “When I Die” the bands kicks out a strong Texas styled blues tune. This tune is about living life now and sleeping when you die. This is a good tune. “Passion For The Blues” is a history of great bluesmen that have ignited Jones’ passion. It is not a fast tune, but it keeps a strong beat and tells a good story. The soulful “Stray Bullet” is a good change of pace here. This is a love turned bad tune. The band cranks into a rockabilly fueled tune called “Hot Sauce”. The dance floor will be crowded for this one. The band really rips it up at the end of the tune. The next tune is “Don't Worry About Me”. It has a ZZ Top fueled opening that slides into a Gary Moore type feel for a blues rock tune. The 7th tune is “Super Deluxe”. It is a love song that includes riding in his car. Though the stinging guitar of Jones is evident here, the funky back beat of Correa and Johnson pushes “Enjoy The Ride” along. It is about enjoying the ride of our lives. Things mellow a bit on “You Don't Know A Thing About Love”. There is certainly some Hendrix guitar being channeled through on this fine tune. I like the message of “Kill The Pain”. It is an anti drug tune set to power paced blues rock music. Up next is “Big Black Cat”. This is a blues rock tune, certainly from a modern urban feel. The band is in good form on this one. There is a soulful texture to the tune “Devil's Nightmare”. It has a funky beat, with a bit of Latin to the feel of the song. Jones and the guys return to Texas for “I'm Good”. It is a straight forward blues with big sound. Hendrix and Trower were influencing Jones on the classic “Born Under A Bad Sign”. This Booker T. Jones (Albert King signature) tune gets a real blues rock workout. It was a rocking night in Montana as this one was recorded. This is quality blues rock. If you are a blues rock and guitar fan, this is one for you. The originals here all seem to be from past releases. Dennis Jones and his sidekicks gave it all this night and the crowd got a treat. If you like this, then go see them when they pass through your town. Until then this release will heat up your night.

Blues Bytes

The Dennis Jones Band has grabbed me pretty much ever since I heard their album Pleasure and Pain back in 2009. To these ears Jones is the total package for any modern blues fan --- a killer guitarist that can play the blues and rock things out when the need arises, a strong vocalist and a talented songwriter. Based on what can be heard from Jones’ latest release, We3 Live(Blue Rock Records), he’s a dynamite live performer as well.

This ferocious live set, captured at the Beaver Creek Brewery in Wibaux, Montana, finds Jones fronting his explosive trio (Sam Correa – bass/background vocals, Raymond Johnson – drums) and ripping through 14 songs taken from all of the band’s previous five releases, plus an excellent cover of Albert King’s  “Born Under a Bad Sign” (via Booker T. Jones and William Bell) that closes the set.

“Blue Over You” opens the set. It’s a funky contemporary urban blues that includes a pair of lively solos from Jones. The driving Texas-styled shuffle “When I Die” is next, followed by “Passion For The Blues,” where Jones acknowledges a host of blues legends and influences, and “Stray Bullet,” a midtempo blues about a man down on his luck in love. The amusing “Hot Sauce” is a salacious country-flavored rocker (complete with “Third Stone From The Sun” reference, as heard previously on Pleasure and Pain), and “Don’t Worry About Me” is R&B with a rock edge.

“Super Deluxe” is a swinging shuffle where Jones compares the girl of his dreams to his dream car, and “Enjoy The Ride” is a good-natured warning to not let life pass one by. The Latin-styled “You Don’t Know A Thing About Love” is a smooth change of pace that mixes samba with soul, while “Kill The Pain,” is a nasty grinding shuffle about drug and alcohol abuse. “Big Black Cat” nimbly mixes jazz, funk, and Hendrix, while “Devil’s Nightmare” has a bit of a Caribbean flair and some great guitar work from Jones, and the roadhouse rocker “I’m Good” closes the regular set.

The cover of “Born Under a Bad Sign” was the band’s encore track and the trio really leaves everything on the playing field with this effort, particularly Jones with an incredible run of guitar solos.

We3 Live is a masterful set of blues rock from one of the premier bands of the genre. If you haven’t tuned in to the Dennis Jones Band previously, this is a great place to get started.

--- Graham Clarke

 

Blues News - Germany

Does it sound good if three good friends without egotrips make wonderfully harmonious music together? The Dennis Jones band gives the answer with their current live album "We 3". Guitar, bass, drums and two microphones, that's all the California guys need. Clever arrangements can not miss the pianist in any second. In the accompaniment, Jones proves to be a springy groove expert, as a soloist he unfolds with fuzz pedal in front of the amplifier a trained Hendrix tone, which occasionally falsettierender tilts into higher overtones, and sheer unimaginative melodic ideas, served with exuberant play joke. Bass bassist Sam Correa contributes rock-solid foundations, imaginative solos, and contagious funk grooves, while drummer Raymond Johnson simultaneously grounds the ensemble and drones with explosive objections. In addition, Jones sings unpretentious, but with great tone and a lot of feeling his imaginative, poetic lyrics. Mind you: he sings. Never yells or barks, he does not need that. After the last bars of Albert King's "Born Under A Bad Sign" faded away, one of the few songs that did not come from Jones' pen, you could hear the record of this wonderfully disheveled band playing a second May, because as Dennis puts it: ..Love everywhere is the devil's nightmare. " (Ap)

The Argonaut News

I recently received a nice review from a local LA paper. Go to http://argonautnews.com/a-jones-for-the-blues/

to check it out.

Downbeat Magazine Review

Dennis Jones: My Kinda Blues (Blue Rock Records 53:34)

Dennis Jones, fronting bands since the late 1990s, uses his Stratocaster like a stun gun built with high amps. His urgency is far more credible than that of the general lot of guitar pyromaniacs because there seems to be a lot of heart and soul behind his every phrase. His vocals are just as peppery and believable. Jones' compositions don't pull any punches about his distain for texting, for two timing women and for self righteous Blue Staters. Though certainly aware of how Jimi Hendrix burned the midnight lamp. Jones is his own man.

By Frank-John Hadley

PERFORMANCE CALENDAR

  • January 22, 2020
    Village, 82392 Habach
     
  • January 23, 2020
    Reigen-Live, Vienna, AUS
     
  • January 24, 2020
    Kulturhaus, Oblarn
     
  • January 25, 2020
    Muhle Hunziken
     
  • February 13, 2020
    Rhythm Room, Phoenix, AZ
     

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