JEFF JONES

 
 

About Me

Jeff Jones - Musician, Singer, Songwriter | Acoustic Guitar and Slide Guitar



 

"...His sound, a fusion of rock, blues, and R&B, is a direct reflection of Jones himself. Warm, easygoing, and genuine, he embodies the feeling of the music he makes. With the meatiness of George Thorogood, the grittiness of Chris Robinson, and sultriness of Ben Harper, Jones' sound has real dimension. Live, Jones is a natural. His engaging stage presence alone is proof that he's at ease and confident with who he is as a musician.

- by Tanya Fuller - Performer Magazine

  • Hometowns:   Incline Village, NV -Lake Tahoe USA, Albuquerque, NM USA and Bologna, Italy
  • Genres:   Folk Rock, Blues Rock, Alternative Rock, Soul, Funk Rock, Gospel, Jam Rock, Neofolk
  • Influences:   Stevie Ray Vaughn, Johnny Winter, Chris Whitley, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Jimi Hendrix, Blind Willie Mctell, Lightning’ Hopkins, Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Robert Johnson,Richie Havens, Bob Marley, Son House, Taj Mahal, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, George Thorogood, ZZ Top
  • Instruments:   vocals, guitar, slide guitar, cigar box guitar
  • Associated acts: Jeff Jones, Jeff Jones Band, Jeff Jones and The Bank, The Still Bills, Fisheye Jones

 

Raised in a Baptist family of musicians, he grew up singing gospel and playing piano in his grandma's house. "On my dad's side are the Baptists, so singing and playing piano at home was huge - there was always a piano being played," he says. After trying out a number of instruments, Jones settled on the versatility of a guitar. Problem was, he only knew three chords and only had Clapton's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" in his repertoire. "I would play that song ad nauseum," he admits. "And my roommate at the time told me to learn something else or move out. So with those three chords I started to write my own songs, and the rest is history."

At 19 years old Jones enlisted in the Army, using it as an opportunity to save money and travel around Europe. After his service, Jones made the rounds on the street and pub circuit, eventually returning to Italy to record part of an album. "Literally for years my buddy and I played the streets of Europe," he says. "We called ourselves The Modern Day Hobos." Jones made brief stops in Arizona and in Colorado where he got serious about guitar, before finally settling down in Lake Tahoe. Having lived in Tahoe now for over a decade, Jones has had a bird's eye view of the trajectory of its music scene. Compared to when Jones first moved to the lake, the sense of community among musicians has grown tremendously.