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Friday, December 23, 2016

Solid Blues Records artist: JW - Jones - High Temperature - New release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, High Temperature, from JW - Jones and it may be his best yet. Opening with rocker, Price You Pay, JW-Jones seems to have taken a new direction with tighter riffs and more relaxed vocals. Joined by Colin Linden on guitar, Kevin McKendree on keys, Dominic John Davis on bass and Bryan Owings on drums this is a solid opener. On How Many Hearts, Jones is joined by Jaida Dreyer on second lead guitar and in addition to slick lead guitar riffs and a nice groove, I really like the over saturated tones on the rhythm guitar. Title track, High Temperature is a great blues shuffle and that over driven guitar tone is through the roof. Along with McKendree's key work, Jones lets the guitar off the leash with some real string lashing making this one of the best tracks on the release. Excellent! Who I Am is a really cool track with an almost Robert Cray feel. With it's heavy bass and tight drums, Jones is way out front on vocal and his guitar seems to be a mad dog held back by a string. Very nice. Loping, Away Too Long has a bit of that familiar country blues rumble and McKendree's organ work is real nice. Harmony vocals by Liam Russell give this track yet another dimension and pure radio appeal. Midnight Blues is a swinging rocker with a snappy rhythm. Jones does some of his best vocal work on this track with Russell and McKendree's keys are sweet. He steps up with really a nice guitar solo making this one of my favorites on the release. Leon Russell's Out In The Woods, is up next and with some of the coolest drum work you're likely to hear. Keeping that swampy feel that Leon conjured and with bluesy riffs, this track floats. The releases closes with Lonnie Mack's Wham. A terrific guitar twister, this track gives Jones the opportunity to really turn it loose and away he goes. This is an excellent closer for a really strong release.

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