- Love Times Ten (Belmont Boulevard)
- Magic West Side Boogie (Belmont Boulevard)
The road that led JW-Jones to Nashville to record with Grammy-winning producer Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, George Thorogood, Susan Tedeschi) for the legendary Blind Pig Records was challenging, and the result is Belmont Boulevard — his most intimate and explosive album yet. Each song plays like a round in a heavyweight title fight and Jones emerges a winner, playing with fire hotter than those that burned him. These songs contain powerful, personal stories (“Cocaine Boy,” “Thank You”) that capture the edge and energy of his live shows, filled with snarling, screaming guitars (“Magic West Side Boogie”) and grit and groove (“What’s Inside Of You”). Belmont Boulevard is the story of a battle-tested artist not only absorbing the punches but fighting back, towering above his troubles, ready to hit the road to take on whatever comes next. —Josh Hathaway, BlindedBySound.com
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“JW-Jones is a red hot young Canadian guitar slinger/singer”, says Grammy-winning producer Tom Hambridge. Canada’s national newspaper, the Globe and Mail, referred to this Maple Blues Award winner as “one of this country’s top blues guitar stars.” Billboard called JW part of “a new wave of young talent moving onto Canada’s blues stage.”
His first Blind Pig release, Belmont Boulevard, was produced in Nashville by Grammy-winning producer Tom Hambridge, who’s helmed projects for Buddy Guy, George Thorogood, and Susan Tedeschi. JW chose Hambridge to produce because “This CD is all about getting out of my comfort zone musically and lyrically, working with a big producer and creating a high-energy experience that matches our live show, and I knew Tom was the man to make that happen.”
For the songs on the album, Jones decided for the first time to delve deep into his personal life and tell some of his stories that he’d never revealed before. He co-wrote many of the songs with Hambridge, a noted songwriter whose tunes have been recorded by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rascal Flatts, and Delbert McClinton, and featured in movies, commercials, and television. “Digging deep into some very serious personal stories from my past and turning them into songs has been liberating and part of the healing process. I hope these songs resonate with listeners that have been through similar experiences,” said Jones.
The future does indeed look bright for this upcoming star. Known for his high-energy, crowd-pleasing shows, Jones recently opened tours for the late Johnny Winter and one of his strongest influences, Jimmie Vaughan (about whom JW penned a song on the new album). Now, with his latest recording, he’s excited about reaching an even wider audience.
Musicians that tour with Jones (and appear on the new CD); Jamie Holmes (drums) and the heavy grooves of Laura Greenberg (bass) always add a powerful energy to the stage.
Looking forward to his association with Blind Pig as he continues to perfect his craft, Jones said, “Signing with Blind Pig is truly an honour and major milestone in my career. I am ecstatic to be on a label that is a fixture in roots music. I’ve been listening to their records since I was a kid! With Stony Plain and Warner Music handling the Canadian release, this is winning team!”