FERNANDO JONES

FERNANDO JONES

BandBluesSinger/Songwriter

Fernando Jones, born in Chicago (the Blues capital of the world) w/Mississippi roots, is one of the most prolific Bluesmen of his generation globally. He's the only Bluesman in Chicago who plays all original songs. Refreshing!

Biography

Fernando Jones, a self-taught musician, is one of the most complete Bluesmen of his generation in the world. From books to films, from sound recordings to theatre productions, his contributions to the Blues have been paramount. However, he began performing, playing the guitar, and writing songs when he was four years old. Jones has been called a Renaissance man.

Jones has been recognized and celebrated by his peers and the press as being on the "cutting edge" of the Blues. This young man added new blood and a new perspective to the legacy of the Blues and its culture. As a composer, he has taken great pride in performing his original works publicly to help insure the evolutionary development of this musical movement. He is always lobbying for the proper recognition of this indigenous African-American art form and its people.

While refuting the many negative stereotypes that haunt this music, Jones is on a mission to show people the joy and beauty through academic implementations, lectures, and concert performances throughout the world. As a result, Jones' hands were photographed by National Geographic Magazine.

His book, I Was There When The Blues Was Red Hot, has been used as a resource by the likes of Newsweek, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Tribune, and Living Blues Magazine. TV and radio stations suc0h as ABC, the BBC, CBS, CLTV, NBC, WTTW, and WGN have celebrated him for his playing style and unique perspective on the status of Black music in America also.

As a playwright and actor, Jones received critical acclaim from the Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times, UIC Alumni Magazine, and received Jefferson and Black Theatre Alliance Award nominations. Fernando has been asked by Columbia College to teach and pilot their Blues Ensemble course. Sessions will begin fall 2005.

Fernando Jones is a graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He's also a proud member of the National Alliance of Black School Educators and the Chicago Area affiliate - CAABSE; Real Men Cook; the American Federation of Musicians (Local 10-208); Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) as a songwriter & publisher; the Chicago Blues Festival Planning Committee, and founder of Blues Kids of America with endorsements from: Fender Musical Instruments; Dean Markley Strings & Electronics; Jim Dunlop Guitar Picks & Accessories; Guitar Center.

Lyrics

Blood • Warriors

Written By: Fernando Jones

BLOOD
Written, arranged and produced by Fernando Jones
Bluefunkjazroll Music, BMI Bluesnewz@aol.com

My big brother that was in Vietnam is having flashbacks so he's got to move back with dad and mom. Blood is thicker than mud . . . My 13 year old daughter brought a baby home the other day. The preacher asked, "What [are] the neighbors gonna say?" Blood is thicker than mud . . . My nephew got out of prison the other day [he] called me up said, "Uncle, I need a place to stay." Blood is thicker than mud . . .

WARRIORS
Written, arranged and produced by Fernando Jones
Bluefunkjazroll Music, BMI Bluesnewz@aol.com

When we made love for the first time it was beautiful. Yes, it was. Now we fight like warriors. Warriors. The last time [we] made love I had to go to court. Yes, I did. 'Cause my life and our love is in the hands of God and the lawyers. All we had was good. Hey. Now we don't know if we should. Hey, [the] first time we made love it was beautiful, yes it was. The last time we made love I had to go to court. Yes I did. Now we don't make love. We fight like warriors. Now even if we try to get back together we're talkin' through our lawyers.

Physical/Baby Please • Stars

Written By: Fernando Jones

PHYSICAL / BABY PLEASE
Written, arranged and produced by Fernando Jones
Bluefunkjazroll Music, BMI Bluesnewz@aol.com

If I can hold your hand maybe I can be your friend. Hey, babe, we don't have to be physical. Hey, babe, we could be spiritual. If I could know your name we don't have to play those games. Hey, babe, we don't have to be physical. Hey, babe, we could be spiritual.

STARS
Written, arranged and produced by Fernando Jones
Bluefunkjazroll Music, BMI Bluesnewz@aol.com

Once the music starts hearts come apart, or they rise like the stars. Like the stars. Hearts that no longer hear somehow sink to levels never before seen. Then they rise like the stars. Like the stars. Love that strange enchanting beast just when you think you got it down you know it least and they'll rise like the stars. Like the stars.

Santa Doesn't Live Here Anymore • Oil & Water

Written By: Fernando Jones

SANTA DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE
Written, arranged, produced, and performed by Fernando Jones
Bluefunkjazroll Music, BMI Bluesnewz@aol.com

December 24th, and snow is on the ground. Mama's picking chitterlings in the kitchen sink. Daddy's no where to be found. Presents are under the tree wrapped up and on the floor, but Santa doesn't live here any more. Daddy went to war. He was a fighting man. Wrong place, wrong time. I'm 9 years old and I'm fighting mad. Don't care who's right, don't care who's wrong. All I know is Santa doesn't live here any more. Now it's Christmas morning [and] I should be happy opening presents on the floor. How can I be happy when Santa doesn't live here any more?

OIL & WATER (Don't Mix)
Written, arranged, produced, and performed by Fernando Jones
Bluefunkjazroll Music, BMI Bluesnewz@aol.com

You remind me of a hurricane, but you treat me like a candle in the rain. I give you money, give you my time, but I know you'll never be mine. I've tried all of the tricks, Still oil and water don't mix. I just remembered I don't know your name. is it Billy the Kid or Jesse James? You're so fine But you treat me oh, so mean. I've tried all of the tricks, oil and water don't mix. If I was a bottle of glue still I couldn't stick to you. I might as well be a brick wall because you never call. I've tried all of the tricks, oil and water don't mix.

Mama's Prayer • Wireless

Written By: Fernando Jones

MAMA'S PRAYER
Written, arranged, produced, and performed by Fernando Jones
Bluefunkjazroll Music, BMI Bluesnewz@aol.com

My mother would weep and my mother would moan. She said, "Lawd, let me live to see my baby get grown." You can't sing the Blues until you lose the only thing you never thought you'd loose. My mother would weep and my mother would moan. She said, "Lawd, let me live to see my baby get grown."

WIRELESS
Written, arranged, produced, and performed by Fernando Jones
Bluefunkjazroll Music, BMI Bluesnewz@aol.com

Got me on a chain, baby, and I'm tired. You got me on a chain, baby, and I'm tired. I wanna be like a telephone. I wanna be wireless. Treat me like a dog bitin' at your apron string. Treat me like a dog bitin' at your apron strings. I wanna be like a laptop computer, baby. I wanna be wireless and thru with you. I wanna be wireless, baby. Sock it to me. Got me on a string and I'm tired. Got me on a string and I wanna be wireless. Wanna be, wanna be, wanna be, wanna be. I didn't believe you were from New Orleans 'till you put a root on me.

SANTA DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE
Written, arranged, produced, and performed by Fernando Jones
Bluefunkjazroll Music, BMI Bluesnewz@aol.com

December 24th, and snow is on the ground. Mama's picking chitterlings in the kitchen sink. Daddy's no where to be found. Presents are under the tree wrapped up and on the floor, but Santa doesn't live here any more. Daddy went to war. He was a fighting man. Wrong place, wrong time. I'm 9 years old and I'm fighting mad. Don't care who's right, don't care who's wrong. All I know is Santa doesn't live here any more. Now it's Christmas morning [and] I should be happy opening presents on the floor. How can I be happy when Santa doesn't live here any more?

Stranded; Track • The Blues Spares None

Written By: Fernando Jones

STRANDED (Acoustic)
Written, arranged, produced, and performed by Fernando Jones
Bluefunkjazroll Music, BMI Bluesnewz@aol.com

Welcome to Tancy's. I'm Tancy. Well, I'm stranded in another woman's heart. She treats me like a dog, but she holds my ace card. Hey, I'm stranded in another woman's heart. The only thang that pulled' me through was you, baby. Yeah. Now, I'm puttin' food On another man's plate. And I eat cold cuts when I get home 'cause I get home to you too late. Well. I'm stranded in another woman's heart. The only thang that pulled' me through was you, baby. Yeah. (Repeat)

THE BLUES SPARES NONE
Written, arranged, produced, and performed by Fernando Jones
Bluefunkjazroll Music, BMI Bluesnewz@aol.com

Well, I tumble like a tumble weed and I roll like a rollin' stone. You'll never see, see me crumble and you'll never know the Blues I've known. My mother's from Mississippi and my father's from there, too. Even though I'm from the city I'm from Mississippi, too. Well, I tumble like a tumble weed and I roll like a rollin' stone. You'll never see, see me crumble and you'll never know the Blues I've known. The young folks and the millionaires live their lives under the gun. They say the Blues takes no prisoners, and the Blues spares none.

Bad, Bad, Bad Man

Written By: Fernando Jones

BAD, BAD, BAD MAN
Written, arranged and produced by Fernando Jones
Bluefunkjazroll Music, BMI Bluesnewz@aol.com

Custom Telecasters and Coupe Devilles;
Handmade suits.
Paid for thrills.

Just one thang, I want you to understand.
I'm a bad, bad, bad man.
Baby, I'm a bad, bad, bad man.

Fought in allies
And bled on stage
I am the lion, un-caged

Just one thang, I want you to understand
Baby, I'm a bad, bad, bad man.
Baby, I'm a bad, bad, bad man.

I ain't never been a child
Fast women have ruined my life.
Wine and whisky is where I wash my clothes.
Old Cadillacs are all I own.

Just one thang, I want you to understand
Baby, I'm a bad, bad, bad man.
Baby, I'm a bad, bad, bad man.

Discography

Whodoyuvoodu (Mysoundworx)

Stranded (Mysoundworx / Dude Records)

I Was There When The Blues Was Red Hot (Mysoundworx)

The Slaves Eat First (Mysoundworx)

Set List

ALL SONGS ARE WRITTEN, ARRANGED AND PRODUCED BY FERNANDO JONES
BLUEFUNKJAZROLL MUSIC, BMI
C.2005 All Rights Reserved

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FERNANDO JONES & MY BAND! SHOW I

THE BLUES SPARES NONE
PLAY THE BLUES OR DIE
LOW DOWN NO GOOD PRETTY WOMAN
HOW MANY TIMES
DOWN TO THE BOTTOM
NATURAL BORN LOVER MAN
GIMME SOME (BOOGIE)
SCOTIAN POTION
AMINA
GOOD YEARS
JUST WHEN I
I WANT U FOR MYSELF
MR. JONES, MR. JONES

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FERNANDO JONES & MY BAND! SHOW II

ONLY THE HEAD
STRANDED
I CAN'T HEL MYSELF
ON TOP
COUNTRY GIRL
I WANT A PRETTY WOMAN
NO MORE TEARS
FOR ALL I KNOW
EASY TO HOLD
I DON'T WANT NO WOMAN (WHO AINT THE BOSS)
I GOT A WOMAN 6 FEET 14 INCHES TALL
YOU'RE SO FINE / GIMME A PIECE OF OUR LOVE
CHICAGO (HAS GOT EVERYTHING YOU NEED)
WALKED FROM THE WESTSIDE
IT'S RAININ' AGAIN
FOR ALL I KNOW
HOW CAN ONE WOMAN BE SO MEAN
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