JW Jones is another one of a growing crop of Canadian bluesmen – including the likes of David Gogo – who is earning his reputation with his guitar. This guy can flat out play, as you will learn as he hits the juicy guitar solos on Looking The World Straight In the Eye.
This CD really lives and dies on how Jones works the guitar strings and he does it with a forcefulness which demands attention.
Bluelisted is one to find for another reason too, since it brings together two influential blues guitarists from the west coast; Little Charlie Baty, and Junior Watson, playing together on the same tracks for the first time in a combined 70 year career. They team on Double Eyed Whammy, Heavy Dosage and Tickets On Yourself, adding even more guitar power to this one.
Lyrically, Jones might not be at the top of the game just yet, although there are some solid enough efforts here. However, you aren't buying a Jones CD for the lyrics. In fact, there are times he might have just forgot to write lyrics and left the music to his guitar, since that is clearly the strength here. He powers up and just carries the listener away.
It helps too that Jones has a few other guests pop in to help on this one, including a sweet tenor sax solo by Martijn 'Lewis' Van Toor on Mad About You.
Jones has become a rather prolific bluesman in the studio, dating back to a demo recording in 1998, and most recently with the full length efforts My Kind Of Evil released in 2004, and Kissing in 29 Days in 2006.
If you like blues guitar, this one is highly recommended.
You can keep up with this bluesman at www.jw-jones.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Aug. 13, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada