Lloyd Jones

Lloyd Jones

 Portland, Oregon, USA
BandBluesFunk

A soulful and intelligent fusion of blues, funk and R&B -- storytelling with a Memphis groove. Lloyd Jones' accomplished guitar and vocal work is complemented by some of the funkiest horn-rhythm-organ arrangements around.

Biography

Lloyd Jones is a consummate guitarist / singer / songwriter / arranger / performer / bandleader. One of the most original artists on the modern day blues scene, Jones is, in the words of Blues Revue, "certainly worthy of greater recognition." The release of his first recording for Blind Pig Records, Love Gotcha, should bring him the national and international acclamation he deserves.

Jones was born in Seattle into a musical family, which moved to Portland soon afterward. "I remember music was everywhere in our house growing up. My dad was playing Dixieland jazz records and trying to teach me to play trumpet when I was only five years old. My older brother played drums and showed me how. Then he took me to his band rehearsals and had me playing gigs when I was just 13. He took me to see James Brown in '64. You've got to imagine James in '64 - ouch! Then B.B. King, Buddy Guy, even Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee - all this before I was out of high school. I was underage and totally mesmerized."

Jones got deep into the blues and was the leader of one of Portland's most popular blues bands, Brown Sugar, in the early 70's. "We got to work with touring musicians in those days, like Charlie Musselwhite, George 'Harmonica' Smith, the Johnny Otis show, Big Mama Thornton and Big Walter Horton. That's how we learned, and that's really when I first picked up the guitar. A lot of times these people would stay at our homes and teach us music and history. Some of them have passed now, so I cherish those memories. S.P. Leary, who was in Muddy Waters' band and was playing drums with Big Walter at the time, leaned over to me as he was leaving town and said, 'Man, I'm getting old. You gotta keep it alive. It's a struggle sometimes, but if you love it, you keep on struggling.'"

Through the years Jones would continue to hone his craft by performing with the likes of Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, B.B. King, Dr. John, John Hammond, Etta James, Junior Wells and Buddy Guy, and many more music legends.

In the 80's Jones joined forces with ex-Robert Cray singer/harp player Curtis Salgado in a band called In Yo' Face. "That was one fun band! Seemed like we all had the same record collection. Curtis really pushed me as a guitar player, and when he left in '85 to join Roomful of Blues I knew it was time to play my music." Jones knew what he wanted to say and how he wanted to say it. The Lloyd Jones Struggle started in 1985 as a vehicle for his songwriting. "I love a good story. Most of the traditional blues stayed with a shuffle or slow blues. Being a drummer I keep hearing the rhythm of the words all broke down funky and swamp-afied; nice and relaxed but kind of turned inside out."

Jones made two recordings in the late 80's for Criminal Records: The Lloyd Jones Struggle (1987) and Small Potatoes (1989). They won over a dozen local music awards, as well as acclaim from national music publications such as Down Beat and Guitar Player, which in turn led to some extensive touring for the band on the Miller Beer Sponsorship Program. In 1993 Jones released his third album, Lloyd `Have Mercy' Jones - Live! on the Burnside Records label.

In 1995 Lloyd Jones recorded a highly acclaimed album for the Audio Quest label, entitled Trouble Monkey. Blues Revue named it, "not only one of the best albums of 1995, it is one of the best albums of the 1990's," while Robert Cray called it "the best damn record I've heard in a long time!" Vintage Guitar Magazine said, "Jones offers vocals that would make Sam and Dave smile and guitar work Steve Cropper would be proud of," and referred to his affecting vocals as "gritty as a dirt road and smooth as melting butter." Lloyd's songwriting was starting to be noticed as well, with Joe Louis Walker and Gatemouth Brown covering two of his compositions.

Jones and his band have become a mainstay on the West Coast circuit, and have brought their tasteful, crowd-pleasing brand of music from New Orleans to Canada to the Caribbean, where Delbert McClinton witnessed a performance and remarked, "When I heard Lloyd Jones live for the first time in January 1999, it was like exhaling after holding my breath for fifteen years." It was one such typically memorable set at the Santa Cruz Blues Festival that led to Jones' signing by Blind Pig Records.

Jones describes his soulful and intelligent fusion of funk, blues, and R&B as "storytelling with a Memphis groove." His latest CD, Love Gotcha, presents Lloyd's writing at its trenchant best. His songs have the quality that makes them sound as if they have been around as blues standards for years or they seem to have fallen out of some time warp from the golden days of R&B. His approach to the guitar is both economical and rhythmically sophisticated, with a style that can be as delicate as it is devastating. And Jones' accomplished guitar and vocal work are complemented throughout the recording by some of the funkiest horn-rhythm-organ arr

Lyrics

Treat Me Like The Dog I Am

Written By: Lloyd Jones

I show up on your doorstep hungry
Without a cent in the pouring rain
You let me stay through Sunday
Loaned me ten dollars again
Understand I'm just a no-good man
Treat me like the dog I am

I never call on your birthday
Don't know your sister's name
I leave you every Christmas, baby
But you love me just the same
Understand I'm just a no-good man
Go ahead – treat me like the dog I am

I don't know what you see
In a poor old fool like me
I owe you more than I can say
Still you never drive me away

If you feed me I'll keep comin' around
Just like a neighborhood hound
I was out last night raisin' sand
Here I come back again
I said, understand I'm just a no-good man
Go ahead – treat me like the dog I am

GUITAR SOLO

I don't know what you see
In a poor old fool like me
I owe you more than I can say
Still you never drive me away

If you feed me I'll keep comin' around
I'm just like that neighborhood hound
I was out last night raisin' sand
Here I come back again
I said, understand I'm just a no-good man
Go ahead – treat me like the dog I am

[copyright 1999, Lloyd Jones]

No Longer A Part Of Your Dreams

Written By: Lloyd Jones

I'm no longer a part of your dreams
And in my heart
I know just what it means
There once was a time
I could reach out and call you mine
But I'm no longer a part of your dreams

I remember when things weren't this way
There was joy in the sound of your name
There once was a time
I could reach out and call you mine
But I'm no longer a part of your dreams

This time, oh baby, the words ain't enough
Your eyes are empty of love
Once I believed
When you would tell me you loved me
But I'm no longer a part of your dreams

[copyright 1987, Lloyd Jones]

Discography

Triple Trouble (with Tommy Castro & Jimmy Hall) - Telarc, 2003

Love Gotcha - Blind Pig, 1999

Trouble Monkey - AudioQuest, 1995

Have Mercy (Live) - Burnside Records, 1993

Small Potatoes - Criminal Records, 1989

The Lloyd Jones Struggle - Criminal Records, 1987

Set List

Predominantly original songs with tastefully chosen covers tossed into the mix here and there.