Tutu Jones was born in Dallas Texas and started his music career with family members in the early 1970s. Along the way, Tutu met and played with such legendary artists as Z.Z. Hill, Little Milton, Johnnie Taylor, Little Joe Blue and Al “TNT” Braggs.
Since becoming a solo act, Tutu has shared the stage with artists such as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Millie Jackson, Robert Cray, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Denise LaSalle, Al Green, Little Richard, and others.
Tutu is more than the sum of his influences (though distinguished influences they are!) He is first and foremost an individualist, who puts a very personal stamp on every note that he plays and every syllable that he sings. You could call him the living personification of the sound of South Dallas, where Blues and Soul meet and are stronger for it.
Tutu’s new and past recordings include:
Inside Out (New CD) Soultone Records
Staying Power Rounder Records
Blue Texas Soul Rounder Records
Tutu Jones Live Doc Blues Records
I’m For Real JSP Records (England)
Tutu’s song “Stubborn Woman” from his first CD “I’m For Real” is featured on the Smithsonian Collection of Recording titled “Mean Old World – The Blues from 1940-1994” which was NOMINATED FOR A GRAMMY.
In 1997, Tutu was nominated for the W.C. Handy Award, now known as The Blues Award. The nomination category was Soul Blues Album of the Year. In 2005, another Tutu Jones composition “Can’t Leave Your Love Alone!” was licensed from the “Staying Power” CD for the HBO series entitled “The Mind of a Married Man.”
Tutu has been featured prominently in many music magazines and history books around the world. For example: Roadhouse Blues (Stevie Ray Vaughn and Texas R&B) By: Hugh Gregory, London 2003.
These days, Tutu still tours internationally with big acts and has a new CD release of original songs coming out soon.