Young English bluesman is destined for big things. Blues fans, come and see a fine young English talent near the beginning of a blossoming career.
British blues artist Laurence Jones is often labelled “the future of the blues,” but this has to be factually incorrect, doesn’t it?
He’s HERE and NOW – socking it to audiences around the world. Blowin’ the roof off every time.
Several major awards. Selling serious numbers of his three solo albums. A fourth on its way – produced by legendary producer Mike Vernon.
Does that sound like someone working at being “something” and “somebody” in the future? He’s not practicing. It’s not a rehearsal. He’s DEADLY serious and damn good at what he does.
Hailed as “one to watch” as a teenager by the blues media, concert/festival bookers, blues fans and various guitar stars alike, young Laurence really has come of age. The blues cub has become a man with a plan. Turning heads and making jaws drop with his take-no-prisoners, incendiary live set and his stunning records.
Laurence and his crack band – Laurence Jones on vocals and guitars, Bennett Holland on keyboards, Greg Smith on bass and Phil Wilson on drums – put the power into their modern day blues rock with an edge. He sings, he plays and he writes – a triple threat – and he does so like a veteran of three times his age. But absolutely no ego. His feet firmly on the ground.
You can tell that by the Cheshire cat grin glued to his face during every gig. He LIVES to play that guitar. He LOVES to play that guitar. He just HAS to play that guitar………
You’d never know that Laurence copes with a debilitating health issue, Crohn’s Disease, a serious inflammatory bowel disease, which means he has to spend a whole day in hospital every eight weeks. He also needs to watch his diet carefully, pretty hard when your life is spent on the road on tour.
Laurence has raised money for “Crohns and Colitis UK” and is very grateful for the care and help he has received from the medical team at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.
So just who is blues guitar wonder-kid Laurence Jones?
- Born in St Helens, Merseyside, and moved to the Stratford-upon-Avon area when he was eight, where he lives with his parents.
- Picked up his first guitar (his Dad’s acoustic) aged seven.
- Was given his own guitar and classical guitar lessons at eight.
- At 14 he had passed all his guitar exams and progressed to electric guitar lessons.
- He had his own Les Paul, but swapped to a Fender Stratocaster after seeing footage of Jimi Hendrix at the I-O-W Festival.
- His initial influences were Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and The Groundhogs.
- From 12 to 18, he played solo classical acoustic gigs in churches, private events and weddings.
- He formed his own covers band at 16, playing in pubs.
- At 16 he enrolled at the Birmingham Music Academy for a Diploma and Foundation Degree in music and left there with a teaching degree.
- Laurence took singing lessons and formed the first version of the Laurence Jones Band when he was 17, singing and playing guitar.
- Signed to a major management contract with GFI Promotions in 2011 and recently renewed.
- “Thunder In The Sky,” was his first solo album. Released in June 2012 on Promise Records via Proper Distribution.
- “Temptation,” his second solo album which was produced by Mike Zito, was released in March 2014 on the Ruf Records label.
- “Temptation,” featured guests Walter Trout, Aynsley Lister, Yonrico Scott, Charlie Wooton and Mike Zito.
- Ruf Records’ Blues Caravan 2014 (live album and DVD) featured Laurence, Christina Skjolberg and Albert Castiglia – released in January 2015.
- “What’s It Gonna Be,” the third solo album, co-produced by Laurence & Roger Inniss, released in April 2015 on Ruf Records.
- All but two of the songs on “What’s It Gonna Be,” penned by Laurence. There are two covers: The Bad Company rocker “Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love,” which US blues singer Dana Fuchs duets on, and the Lead Belly classic “Good Morning Blues.”
- Scottish songbird Sandi Thom duets on the single “Don’t Look Back.” (The first and only single Ruf Records has ever released by any of its artists.)
- He won the coveted “Young Blues Artist Of The Year” Award at the 2014 and 2015 British Blues Awards.
- Laurence beat off fierce national competition to represent the UK in the 2015 European Blues Challenge in Brussels, up against bands from 28 different countries.
- He spent most of 2014 touring the UK, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg and Ireland – in his own right and as part of the Ruf Records Blues Caravan tour.
- In 2015 he toured the UK, Ireland, The Netherlands, Finland, Croatia, France, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and more.
- He has been played on BBC Radio 2’s blues show by Paul Jones, and on mainstream national radio.
- On June 15th 2015, Laurence and his band “stole the show” (so said Blues & Soul magazine) on the main stage of the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London, alongside Van Morrison, Eric Burdon, Ruby Turner, Eric Bibb, Billy Bragg, Jools Holland and a host of other star names, as part of Lead Belly Fest, a tribute to the late US blues legend.
- Laurence also jammed with Walter Trout at Lead Belly Fest, who flew in from the USA for his first public performance since his life-saving liver transplant.
- Laurence and his band blew the roof of the famed Carnegie Hall in New York, when they appeared at the Lead Belly Fest in February 2016. Part of a star-studded bill headlined by Buddy Guy, featuring Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Burdon, Walter Trout and many more major artists.
- Laurence and his band will appear at the legendary Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on 16th June, as part of another Lead Belly Fest event.
- Several top drawer booking agents are now securing Laurence and his band US dates, after seeing him at the Carnegie Hall. Three summer festivals in the US are booked and a headline is planned.
- In March he tours with King King for a second time, on seven dates.
- In April, he has his own 20-date UK headline tour.
- Summer 2016 festival appearances in Spain, Portugal, Holland, The Caribbean, Italy, Switzerland, Finland and USA
- 15-date Poland tour in September.
- 15 date Germany tour in October.
- 9 date Denmark tour in Nov.
- UK headline tour Nov/Dec.
- His mentor US blues star Walter Trout says: “Laurence is a cross between Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy.” BBC Radio 2 listeners heard him labelled: “…like a young Robin Trower – exciting and full of energy.”
- Kenny Wayne Shepherd invited Laurence to jam with him during their UK tour together, and said: “Laurence Jones sure has the blues in his soul.”
- He has toured with Johnny Winter, Walter Trout, King King and Kenny WS.
- “Britain’s finest young blues guitarist….. It can only be a matter of time before America takes notice…..” Sunday Express newspaper.
- Drummer Phil Wilson and bassist Roger Inniss are the fuel in his musical fire. Roger was voted #1 in his field in the 2015 Blues Matters magazine Writers Poll. Roger also nominated in the 2015 British Blues Awards, coming third in the Bassist of the year category.
- Laurence did not let an operation connected to his Crohn’s Disease condition, stop him embarking on his first major headline UK tour in September 2015 – a dozen shows, many selling out.
- Laurence was hailed a triumph at the London Blues Fest at the 02 on 7th November, when he appeared with guitar legend Bernie Marsden.
- Laurence toured Europe and a few UK shows in October/November 2015, with US blues star Samantha Fish, labelled the “Double Trouble,” tour.