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JW-JONES – MIDNIGHT MEMPHIS SUN
“JW’s got it down! So much soul, and nice material. You can’t beat it. I am telling the truth.” – Hubert Sumlin
“JW-Jones is back with another blistering CD.” On his 6th release, Jones teams up with two legendary bluesmen, Hubert Sumlin (worked with Howlin’ Wolf for over 20 years, and was named in the 100 Greatest Guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine) and Charlie Musselwhite (known as one of the top harmonica players in blues history, he has won 18 W.C. Handy/Blues Music Awards, 6 Grammy nominations, and was the harp player on INXS’ “Suicide Blonde”). He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2010 a day after an impromptu performance at Red’s Juke Joint in Clarksdale, MS with Jones.
Midnight Memphis Sun contains 8 originals (6 co-written by Governor Generals Award winning writer Tim Wynne-Jones) and 4 covers.
The majority of the disc was recorded at the birth place of Rock and Roll, Sun Studios in Memphis, and features modern song writing about current issues including the global recession (check out the R&B flavored “Off the Market”) and the Bernard Madoff scandal (on the hard-hitting “Born Operator”).
This release features JW’s touring band at the time, Jesse Whiteley, Jeff Asselin, Martin Regimbald, as well as veteran rhythm section Richard Innes (drums), and Larry Taylor (bass) from Sun sessions.
LINER NOTES WRITTEN BY BOB MARGOLIN:
JW-Jones brings everything you need to satisfy your love of soulful blues music. He recorded at the historic Sun Studios in Memphis. The walls talk and echo inspiration, and the Sun Records ghosts smile on JW and his band. So do blues legends: Hubert Sumlin delivers his trademark guitar genius, as he did with Howlin’ Wolf. Charlie Musselwhite wails and nails his acclaimed harmonica magic. The band lays down Memphis Soul and Chicago Blues grooves with both power and taste.
They take us club hopping on Beale street and draw from the romantic battlefield and our challenging modern world. He rocks us and soothes us. The life of the party is his masterful guitar playing, he is fluent in the language of deep blues guitar and delivers it with a sound both tough and sweet. His solos sing with vintage tone and a snappy, rhythmic attack. JW sings with passion and the warmth of a friendly man. You will see why he has built a solid reputation with other players and fans, first as a promising new blues prodigy and now taking his place with the best.
Bob Margolin, 2010
(Bob Margolin is a solo artist, contributing writer to Blues Revue and Blues Wax, and played with Muddy Waters for several years.)