The Lew Jones Act is Lew Jones in the zone. Donovan told him he really warmed up his crowd and to keep On "On" and that is what this CD is about, ie. 'Being On'. New York inspired this project especially staying in Leonard Cohen's room at the Chelsea Hotel courtesy of Stanley Bard the owner and manager. Room 205 is the room where Dylan Thomas died and why there is a song on the CD about it. This is the best album Lew Jones has put out. It was produced by Jon Lindahl to capture the fresh acoustic sound Lew has always tried to capture in the studio. True creativity needs that 'A' sound so that a veteran singer/songwriter like Lew Jones can be marketed for the content of the CD rather than the hype. Lew recently performed for McCormick and Schmicks nine times with a CD release and private party in early May 2007. Several of Lew's songs are on You Tubes showing the diverse range of his career. The H-Bomb Blues Video is doing very well on You Tubes.It shows that blues can be expressed in a totally different way than the average person would expect blues to be. Music Millenium in Portland Oregon has the Chelsea Soliloquy in it's listening area for the month of June.
What the critics say: Detroit's John Rozz owner of the Rozz Gallery in White Salmon Washington says: 'The Chelsea Solioquy reminds me of Sting meets Jim Morrison meets Page and Plant ..incredible, really good..the blues instrumental is amazing." Dean Sciarra of It's about Music.com writes "I found your music to be quite cool, we would love to have you on our roster. In the May issue of the Saint John's Sentinal James Yeary writes of Lew Jones: "Proper Beats (compilation CD)..assembled by Dexter Gauntlett is music from the fifth quandrant..the opening track "Saint John's Street" begins the line "things have never been the same since JFK got blown away" and continues as a juxposition of world events and daily life of everyday folks...the track by Lew Jones is one of the highlights of the CD with great production and a full band, reminiscent somehow positively of John Cougar Mellencamp. Annie Bloom's Bookstore in Multnomah Village (Portland Oregon) say's of Lew Jones's instrumental tunes: "lovely, graceful and intricate."
Northwest music paper ' P.E. Dining' September 2007 has a review by Lisa Taylor who writes: "Lew Jones is an artist in all realms of life with the depth of music theory.....Jones's strong educational background supports his soothing, complex music, which as an instructor he passes on to others..the world traveling jones's newest CD release A Chelsea Soliloquy exhibits much of his tasteful endevours...Jones's traveling background from the shores of San Diego to Greece has assisted his development of Spanish guitar techniques..this includes the inspiring history of New York's Chelsea Hotel, all of which is contained within his latest CD.
Charles Hodgkins of Rhapsody Music 2008 writes-"Portland Oregon based singer songwriter Lew Jones provides Flamenco-influenced guitar leads and a dusty American voice that occasionally breaks into spanish. Together they paint a picture of shady border sheriffs and poets on the run."
May 8, 2008 Hcrink of Waxidermy.com writes:" Lew is definetly one of the better random SSW dudes I've cluelessly picked up in the last years. Good voice, good songs, good outfit on the cover (Rain on the Marshlands) and some more melancholy moments here almost remind me of a sort of budget Nick Drake. In fact if the entire LP sounded more like a handful of stripped down acoustic tracks I think this could be gripped on big time with the proper endorsement. It's already been track-listed so at least someone is hep."