JL Stiles

JL Stiles

 San Francisco, California, USA

Out of the foundations of classic blues, ragtime and folk, Stiles delivers a totally unique and raw sound tending toward the sweet. Inquiries: Jonathan Young, Management 847.532.5479


JL Stiles’ mind works much in the same way as JS Bach yet Bach never encountered the blues or ragtime. In a remarkable search for the all-encompassing and profound, Stiles was once en route to becoming a PhD in Mathematics when it became clear he belonged on the stage, where his uncanny brain for finger style guitar works perfectly well with his imaginative songs and voice. Stiles cites the inimitable and oft-forgotten, virtuosic genius of Blind Blake as his primary influence on guitar. Where as playing Blind Blake would occupy more than a lifetime of most, Stiles’ own music goes far astray from his forbears, returning to the source primarily in his side project, Hobo Paradise.

In July 2010 Stiles opened a show solo acoustic for Keb’ Mo’at the fabulous Napa Uptown Theater and disarmed the crowd, taking them on the Stiles rollercoaster ride of emotions. The venue wasted little time having him back to open for BB King on Halloween. But do not be fooled: Pigeonholing Stiles as a bluesman is a huge mistake similar to doing so with Bob Dylan just because he plays the blues righteously.

JL regularly headlines in his hometown of San Francisco and also topped the bill at the noted Freight and Salvage in Berkeley and concert series across the country, one born out of JL’s knockout performance in support of JJ Cale. In the past, Stiles has shared the stage with Etta James, Leon Redbone, Tower of Power and Suzy Bogguss.

Stiles also produced in 2010 an incredible video for his new song entitled Song Beside My Grave. This, along with his other new material indicates his best may still be yet to come.

Performance History
**Napa Uptown Theater in Napa, CA (2010 shows with BB King, Keb' Mo')

**Bimbo's in San Francisco with JJ Cale

**Villa Montalvo Garden Ampitheater, Saratoga, CA (opened for Keb' Mo')

**Courthouse Concert, Riverside, CA (opening for Etta James)

**Mystic Theater, Petaluma,CA (several shows from 2000 to the present with Jimmie Vaughan, The Bodeans, Jefferson Starship, Tommy Castro, Taj Mahal, Leon Redbone, Joe Louis Walker, Tower of Power, Dan Hicks)

**Oaksong Summer Concert Series, Oak Run, CA

**Villa Montalvo Carriage House

**Swallow Hill, Denver (show with Guy Davis)

**Little Fox Theater, Redwood City (with John Hammond)

**Knitting Factory, LA (tribute to Mississippi John Hurt link here to see review in Music Connection Magazine)

**Freight and Salvage, Berkeley, CA (headlined in 2010 and also appeared on West Coast Live Radio)

**Islands Folk Festival, Vancouver Island

**John Lee Hooker's Boom Boom Room, San Francisco (many shows including with Magic Slim and the Teardrops)

**Knitting Factory, New York

**Biscuits and Blues, San Francisco (frequent performances)

**Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA(Double bill with Ruthie Foster)

**Rancho Nicasio, Point Reyes, CA

**Rockford Mendelssohn Hall, Rockford, IL (Charlotte's Web production Stiles headlined)

**San Diego Street Scene


Still Without You

Written By: JL Stiles

Feelin' mired overtired, gonna stick it out to the end, everybody knows the score. I'm still without you.
Flashin' warm hearted smiles, singin' old songs, the seeds of truth I cling to in a world that will forget and I'm still without you. Still without you. Friday nights have come along each one I let it slip away. I'm still without you. Still without you. Everywhere I'm gonna share a love, keeps us movin' on without you. Love's lost say it's a waste but I'm never gonna throw it away. Love's lost, a ball and chain but I'm never gonna throw it away. We are love of amigos true, when we're blue, we radiate blues, food to keep us groovin' deep in time, deep in time. Left out in the cold, a few blessed souls stayed right by my side, still without you. Everywhere we're gonna share a love that keeps us movin' on without you. Love's lost say it's a waste but I'm never gonna throw it away. Love's lost, a ball and chain but I'm never gonna throw it away.


Solo Sessions
Land of the Plenty

Set List

A set can be any length as required or a full concert. Stiles mainly plays original music according to what you hear here but he also can do an early jazz and ragtime show with his incredible side project, Hobo Paradise.