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1 	Jesus Or The Bottel 	4:29
2 	Same Train 	3:30
3 	My Kinda Blues 	4:30
4 	Text Us Girl 	3:35
5 	You Took My Baby 	5:26
6 	I Want You 	2:34
7 	Never Go Away 	2:48
8 	Best That I Can 	3:29
9 	They Say 	2:36
10 	Good For Me 	4:05
11 	One More Dance 	4:41
12 	Devil's Nightmare 	4:16
13 	Baltimore Blues 	7:28

Bass – Samuel Correa
Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals – Michael Turner
Guitar, Vocals – Dennis Jones
Harmonica, Backing Vocals – Kenny Neal (tracks: 2)
Lead Guitar – Guitar Shorty (tracks: 5)

 

This is my fourth release on Blue Rock Records. I strive to grow and evolve as a musician and songwriter with every new album, and the music on My Kinda Blues is evidence of this. Blues music is the root of what I write and play, as always. I'm very fortunate to work with an unbelievably talented band, and to have a few reknowned guest blues artists play on this CD. Much of this album was recorded live and raw with only one over dub guitar track. I didn't try to reinvent the blues; I just wanted to do what I was feeling in my heart, and hearing in my head. Hope you enjoy it. Thank you. ---Dennis Jones, cdbaby.com

 

Modern, edgy, street smart, full of attitude delivered with muscle and fire, this is how guitar man Dennis Jones may describe “his kind of blues.” Check out his latest release My Kinda Blues the fourth from his own Blue Rock Records and judge for yourself. Jones doesn’t pull any punches as he launches the album with a seething rebuke of televangelists on “Jesus and the Bottle,” then gets down home cute with the train beat ramble “Same Train,” featuring guest Kenny Neal on Harmonica. The Title track spells out Jones’ mission statement for dragging the blues into the twenty first century kicking and screaming if need be. The rhythm section of Michael Turner on drums and bassist Samuel Correa are a force to be reckoned with, who lay doing super fat dynamic grooves one would expect on a neo soul or R&B record.

Jones whips out the zingers of modern vernacular on his catchy dance hall tunes like “Text Us Girl,” and “I Want You.” The driving funk rock of “Never Go Away,” delivers one of the best man cave lines ever “how can I miss you if you never go away? “ Jones trades hot licks with guest Guitar Shorty on the classic Chicago shuffle “You Took My Baby.” A nice choice was made to explain in the album notes that Shorty’s guitar is panned hard right for the track so you get the feel of the two gun slingers tossing barbs back and forth. Another treat is the Tex-mex styled rumba “One More Dance,” that twists and turns into a Band of Gypsies style rocker that shows off this power trio’s full range of skills. The album ends with the instrumental “Baltimore Blues,” giving Jones the chance to show off his arsenal of chops while paying tribute to the city of his birth and all the guitar heroes who inspired him to stick to his guns and play his kind of blues. ---Rick J Bowen, nodepression.com

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01. Enjoy the Ride (03:46)
02. It All Depends (03:32)
03. Better than Him (03:16)
04. Nobodys Slave (03:51)
05. Mr Right (06:25)
06. The Machine (06:22)
07. Number Two (03:31)
08. Skin and Bone (03:49)
09. When Youre Not Around (04:04)
10. What (03:16)
11. Shines On You (03:59)
12. I Cant Stop (02:48)
13. Lonely Joint (02:21)

Dennis Jones – guitar, vocals
Dale Black – bass
Raymond Johnson – drums
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Jimmy Z Zavala – saxophone, harmonica
Teddy Zigzag – Hammond B3 organ
Michael Turner – drums; Samuel Corraea – bass (track 3)

 

Both Sides Of The Track is the fifth album from L.A.-based Dennis Jones and it’s a meaty slab of guitar-led modern blues-rock with a solid helping of funk on the side.

Ably supported by the dynamic rhythm section of Dale Black on bass and Raymond Johnson on drums, singer-guitarist Jones (who also wrote all the tracks) serves up 13 tracks that cover the full range of the blues-rock spectrum. At one end, there’s the balls-to-the-wall rock of “It All Depends” with its ascending start-stop verse chord progression and the wah-driven “Nobody’s Slave” where Jones sings with barely-concealed fury over the top of a descending chord progression that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Guns & Roses’ album. At the other end, there’s the upbeat acoustic guitar and harp of “What” and the modern acoustic shuffle of “Lonely Joint” with its striking lyrical image, ostensibly of a joint falling out of someone’s pocket onto the street but with the clear undertone addressing the wider societal problem of homelessness.

Jones sings in a smooth, warm, powerful baritone, which is especially effective on the gentler “When You’re Not Around.” He also plays incendiary lead guitar, firing licks and solos across the tracks like a modern day Johnny Winter.

The heart of the album is muscular blues-rock, as on “Skin And Bone”, where Jones artfully contrasts acoustic verses with roaring riff-driven choruses before a full band breakdown for the start of his solo, which slowly builds back up again to the ferocious chorus. But Jones and his compadres are equally impressive on the funky uptown blues shuffle of “Number Two”, the Albert King-esque slow blues of “Mr Right” or when dialing back the overdrive, as on the funky “Better Than Him”, where the results are particularly outstanding.

“The Machine” hints at Jimi Hendrix in its wah’ed guitar and pounding drums, with its angry lyrical observation that ““The American dream is fading fast, do you feel free [cue bitter laugh from Jones]? Free at last?” Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan (both for the solos) and Jimmy Page (for the song dynamics) are indicative of some of the more discernable influences on Both Sides Of The Track.

And, while Jones’ band is ostensibly a trio, he cleverly uses over-dubs as well as guest appearances from Jimmy Z Zavala on harmonica (“What”) and saxophone (“Enjoy The Ride”) and Teddy Zigzag on the B3 organ (“When You’re Not Around”) to add flavour and texture to the overall sound.

This album makes it clear that Dennis Jones must be an amazing experience in a live setting, particularly in the band’s clever use of dynamics. But this is not meant as a criticism of the CD. With well-constructed songs, smart lyrics, excellent production and ferocious playing, there is a lot to enjoy on Both Sides Of The Track. If you are a fan of modern blues-rock, you’ll definitely want to hear Dennis Jones. ---bluesblastmagazine.com

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