Dennis Jones Band

Dennis Jones Band

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Dennis Jones Band is a solid power blues trio from Los Angeles that performs at clubs and festivals year round. Dennis Jones is in the process of recording a live CD. Catch the fire the Dennis Jones Band ignites that can only be experienced live!

Biography

Blues guitarist Dennis Jones grew up in Baltimore County, Maryland in an area which he describes as the “boonies”. As a young man, Dennis was exposed to many styles of music from Motown and Gospel to Rock & Roll and R&B. Dennis first desired to play drums, but his parents thought that they would be too loud. So when he was 13 he asked for a guitar, two years later he had a Marshall Stack in the living room at which point his parents thought maybe the drums weren’t so loud after all. Dennis has always enjoyed tweaking his guitars and amps in search of that magic tone. By the time Dennis was 15, he was playing in his first band with musicians 3 to 4 years older and with more experience, which made his playing mature even faster. His musical exposure was quite varied. He’d listen to artists from Al Green, James Brown to Santana and The Rolling Stones. As a teen his older brother introduced him to Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and the Who. His major influences were what he affectionately refers to as the three “J’s” (Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Jimmy Page) and the three “K’s” – (B.B. King, Freddie King and Albert King). To this day, Dennis continues to be inspired by these legends. Dennis played guitar in several cover and original bands throughout his youth. For several years while stationed in Europe, he played with notable Blues and R&B bands. This was a great time in life where he got to meet people, experience new cultures and hone his skills. Dennis came back to the states in the early 80s and continued playing in mostly cover bands. In 1985, Dennis moved to Los Angeles where he played in a rock and funk band that was wooed by a few major labels. In the late Eighties, the music scene changed and so did his direction.

Dennis decided to concentrate solely on the blues and began writing it and playing it and has continued ever since. Dennis started the Dennis Jones Band in the mid 90s while continuing with other musical opportunities on the side. During his journey he has played with the BusBoys and with Zac Harmon and the Mid South Blues Revue in which he was featured on Zac’s CD "Live At Babe & Ricky's" as well as co-writing a song on "The Blues According to Zacariah". Dennis had the distinct pleasure of performing with Zac Harmon when he won the 2004 International Blues Challenge Championship. Over the years, Dennis has sat in with such artists as Guitar Shorty, Kenny Neal, Deborah Coleman, Chris Duarte and many more.

In 2004, Dennis released his debut CD “Falling Up” (Blue Rock Records) produced by Brian O’Neal of the BusBoys. “Falling Up” consists of blues, blues rock and incorporates the essence of country, R & B and jazz. Ten out of the twelve tunes are penned by Dennis. All in all, “Falling Up” is a mixture of all the music that Dennis loves and admires. This CD was well received by music critics, radio and fans alike. Memphis’ WEVL FM 90 called “Falling Up”, “one of the best albums we’ve heard in years”.

Dennis released his second CD, “Passion For The Blues" (Blue Rock Records) in 2006. Eight out of the ten tunes are penned by Dennis Jones. This CD has received great reviews and has been embraced by radio and fans as well. “Passion For The Blues” according to Vintage Guitar October 2006 is “full of hard rock and blues that show his influences”. Blues Revue’s June/July 2006 says, “Vaughan and Hendrix fans will find much to enjoy on “Passion For The Blues” as well as “two potential songs-of-the-year reveal Jones as a formidable writer”.

Life for Dennis Jones, as well as the Dennis Jones Band is shining bright. “Deep Blues” from his first CD “Falling Up” is featured in Lions Gate 2006 movie release “Sea of Fear”, Dennis recently returned from a successful European Tour and there are more over seas tours in the mix. In addition, the Dennis Jones Band continues to perform year round at clubs and festivals spreading their love of blues.

Dennis wants each new CD he releases to represent the continuing maturity of his musical style. This will clearly be captured on his upcoming live CD which will allow others to hear the electrifying blues that emit from Dennis Jones’ soul during each performance. Once you’ve heard his smoky vocals and searing guitar, you’ll be hooked.

Check out Dennis Jones at
www.dennisjonescentral.com and www.myspace.com/dennisjonesband.

Lyrics

No Mo'

Written By: Dennis Jones

You called me weak and lazy
A good for nothin’ man
Played me for a fool
But ya still don’t understand
Why I made you leave
Why I changed the locks on my door

There’s nothin’ left of you and me
Don’t come around here no mo’

You put everybody down
To make yourself feel good
You say you’re going to leave this town
Oh girl I wish you would
We broke up two years ago
But you still keep hangin’ round

Just like I said before
Don’t you come around here no mo’

You’re always in my business
You need to get a life
Stop telling all my friends
That you used to be my wife
Now I know how a good man
Can do somethin’ real, real bad

Ya now I know

When you get up off the floor
Don’t you come around here no mo’

Just like I said before
Don’t you come around here no mo’

Big Black Cat

Written By: Dennis Jones

You can spend all my money
Make a fool out of me
Curse my name
I am as happy as can be
Shoot me in the leg
Run your car over me
Slap me in the face until I can’t see

Ain’t nothin you can do
Gonna hurt me no more
Cause I’m the big black cat on the thirteenth floor

You can smile in my face
Stick a knife in my back
Take my keys
Wreck my new Cadillac
Lie about me
Up and down the street
Steal my shoes right off of my feet

Ain’t nothin you can do
Gonna hurt me no more
Cause I’m the big black cat on the thirteenth floor

Big black cat on the thirteenth floor
Big black cat on the thirteenth floor
Big black cat on the thirteenth floor
Big black cat on the thirteenth floor

Ain’t nothin you can do
Gonna hurt me no more
Cause I’m the big black cat on the thirteenth floor

Break my heart
Break my back
Leave me for dead
You know I like it like that
Drag me through the mud
Bury me in the sand
Throw my food in a dirty garbage can

Ain’t nothin you can do
Gonna hurt me no more
Cause I’m the big black cat on the thirteenth floor

Big black cat on the thirteenth floor
Big black cat on the thirteenth floor
Big black cat on the thirteenth floor
Big black cat on the thirteenth floor

Ain’t nothin you can do
Gonna hurt me no more
Cause I’m the big black cat on the thirteenth floor

Ain’t nothin you can do
Gonna hurt me no more
Cause I’m the big black cat on the thirteenth floor

Ain’t nothin you can do
Gonna hurt me no more
Cause I’m the big black cat on the thirteenth floor

Discography

Dennis Jones Band CD Releases:
2006 "Passion For The Blues"
2004 "Falling Up"

Set List

We cover material off of our two CD's "Passion For The Blues" and "Falling Up" including material by artists such as Otis Rush, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Meters, B.B. King, Magic Sam, T-Bone Walker, Hollywood Fats, Albert King and more. During club dates we play 50% originals, 50% covers. During concerts or festivals we play 90% originals, 10% covers. Club dates typically consist of three one hour sets. For concerts or festivals we play the time allotted by the promoter.