THE BRITISH BLUES GUITAR SENSATION
Laurence Jones, the multi-award-winning guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter born in Liverpool, releases his seventh studio album via Marshall Records on August 25.‘Bad Luck & The Blues’ is the first to feature Jones new’ ‘power-trio’ line-up
The British Blues guitar sensation has shared stages with Sir Van Morrison, Sir Ringo Starr, the late Jeff Beck and Johnny Winter, Joe Bonamassa, Status Quo, Glenn Hughes and Vintage Trouble among many others. In 2017, Buddy Guy, who once likened Laurence to “a young Eric Clapton”, invited the youngster to join him onstage at the Holland International Blues Festival before of an audience of 15,000. Jones has also appeared at some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including the Royal Albert Hall in London and New York’s Carnegie Hall.
INTRODUCED INTO THE “HALL OF FAME BRITISH BLUES AWARDS” FOR WINNING “YOUNG ARTIST OF THE YEAR” FOR 3 CONSECUTIVE YEARS IN A ROW -
BRITISH BLUES AWARDS
Blue Nation, is a 3-piece band from Birmingham, euphonic riff based rock to create a sound that doesn’t fit neatly into a genre and is all the more memorable for it. Their songs are delivered by three accomplished musicians, fronted with stunning vocals. All backed up with impressive gig experience, stage presence and great songs.
Neil is the main songwriter, guitarist and singer and has enigmatic stage presence with vocals to match! Neil specialises in the truth when it comes to song writing. With love, life, hurt and sorrow it’s all wound up and created in Blue Nations songs. During a festival sound check “Big Mick” sound engineer for Metallica said “where did that skinny kid (Neil) get that great voice from?” We still don’t know and neither does he…
Influenced by Hendrix, The Who, Small Faces, Cream and more recently Rival Sons and Black Keys. Says the best gig he has been to is the Foo Fighters with Joan Jet at Maddison SQ Garden
Chris creates the rhythmic drum patterns that underpin the guitar and vocal work in the band. He is a Black Country lad who in his early years lost himself in art. Attracted to music in the Brit pop era with bands like Oasis and especially Alan White on drums, he took things a stage further by studying music at Wolverhampton College. He has worked with song writing geniuses like Scott Mathews, Dan Whitehouse, X factor winners and even a boy band. Right now he describes himself as a guitarist and drummer, an advocate of eccentricity and a hater of liquorice.
Luke completes the rhythm section by adding his intricate yet extremely effective bass lines to the songs.
Started playing bass guitar from a very young age, so young the bass was actually bigger than he was. Developing his playing and bass techniques over the years by playing in various different bands, supporting many big names and paying close attention to the greats of the bass world, like Jack Bruce, Jon Entwhistle and John Paul Jones. This development has resulted in him getting an endorsement from Lakland Basses. Musical influences include Beatles, Zeppelin, Floyd and Zappa. As an avid Classic Car, Scooter fan and as he puts it a Mod For Life, the description is complete.
They play top venues in the major cities of the UK and further afield with tours of NYC’s Greenwich Village and Manhattan.
Their most prestigious performances have been on the Main Music Stage @ F1 British Grand Prix Silverstone, twice. The quirkiest was The Tramlines Festival Sheffield, acoustic on a moving Tram.
Their new album “Steady Your Soul” was recorded at Castle Rock & Revolution Studios in Greater Manchester, with the experienced and very talented Andy Macpherson. Andy, works extensively with The Who, Eric Clapton, The Buzzcocks and many other top artists. He has recorded, produced and mixed the album, that was mastered by Jon Astley - Peter Gabriel, Porcupine Tree, Tori Amos, The Rolling Stones, Judas Priest.
Classic Rock Magazine selected “Morning Light”, from the album, as a track of the week. In the July issue they wrote that Morning Light is one of the “Most watched videos on the CR website right now.”
CRM described Blue Nation as indie blues,
"Morning Light is a thumping example of exactly that, a song with riffs that have, in all likelihood, been hewn from driftwood found on the banks of the River Rea delta itself.”