Dennis Jones Bio
Sizzling hot guitar solos. Smooth and soulful vocals. High-energy stage performance. Backed by a rhythm section that is second to none, this IS Dennis Jones. Check out a live show, and you’ll instantly agree, this band ROCKS the blues like NO other! 2013 festival-goers describe Dennis Jones Band’s live performance as a positive “spiritual experience!”
With original songs, some of which are sure to become classics, Dennis’s feet are firmly rooted in the past, yet his heart and soul are connected to the present. He writes songs that seamlessly blend the best of both worlds, presenting a unique and contemporary style of American rock and blues. And unlike others, he isn’t afraid to tackle the controversial issues of today. Dennis Jones also writes songs for other notable artists; he wrote Temporary Man for Guitar Shorty’s 2010 Alligator release, Bare Knuckle.
Since 2003, Dennis Jones has released four successful albums, and a self-produced DVD, on his own label, Blue Rock Records. Each and every one of these CDs has met with rave reviews. My Kinda Blues, his newest release, features guest artists, Kenny Neal, and Guitar Shorty, and earned a positive nod in Vintage Guitar. This CD spent months ranked in the top 10 on several blues and roots charts, including a long stint in the top 2 on smokestacklightin, adjacent to ZZ Top and other major artists.
Babe’s & Ricky’s Inn is an award-nominated film documentary about a legendary Los Angeles blues club. Dennis Jones is one of the many talented musicians featured in the 2013 film alongside Keb’ Mo, Deacon Jones, and Barbara Morrison, to name a few. Additionally, Jon Lindstrom’s 2013 film, How We Got Away With It, features a Dennis Jones original tune, Passion for the Blues. Prior to these recent releases, a movie entitled, Sea of Fear, featured Jones’ original song, Deep Blues, from his first album, Falling Up.
Blues Music Industry Taking Note
In January, 2014, Dennis Jones was honored to accept an invitation from the Blues Foundation to serve as a Judge at the International Blues Competition in Memphis, TN, as well as to host its annual All Star Jam on Beale St. Previously, in May, 2012, Dennis served as an onstage Awards Presenter at the Blues Music Awards. Back in 2004, Dennis Jones played in the Zac Harmon Band when they won the IBC!
Dennis Jones Band is thrilled to perform for you on the upcoming 2014 Pacific Coast Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival, San Marcos Rock, Blues & BBQ, Folsom Rhythm & Brews Festival, and Mammoth Bluesapalooza, with more to come!
“It’s risky to make predictions, but if anyone has a legitimate shot at filling the blues guitar hero void it is Dennis Jones. He has the head, heart and hands to do it.” – Dave Rubin, “Keeping the Blues Alive” award winning journalism
Quick Facts about Dennis Jones…
Born and raised in Baltimore County, Maryland
Began playing guitar at age 13
Influences include Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, BB King, Albert King
Lived + played in Europe in his late teens, where his musical tastes further developed
Front man of Dennis Jones Band since 1996
Stint with Brian O’Neal and the BusBoys, 2001-2003
Won the International Blues Competition, Memphis, 2004, as part of Zac Harmon’s band
Special guest on Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, Pacific, October 2010
Produced 2011 DVD release, Live at the Temecula Theater
Award Presenter at the renowned Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TN, in 2012
Produced Four Shades of Blue at the New Daisy Theater on Beale St., Memphis, TN, in May 2012, featuring the Dennis Jones Band, Zac Harmon, Eddie Turner, and special guest, Lazy Lester
Opened for such greats as Johnny Winter, Dick Dale, and the Experience Hendrix Tour
Plays popular and respected blues festivals around the USA including Doheny, Long Beach, Irvine Lake, Paramount, Northern California, etc.
Tours of Europe, including Italy, France, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland
© 2014 Dennis Jones