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Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones is one of a long line of prominent guitarists from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area of Texas. In a line of players that has included Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker, Freddie King and the Vaughan Brothers, Jr. Boy Jones is every bit the equal of these fine guitarists. Having started his career at the tender age of 16 with none other than the great Freddie King, Jones has also spent time working with Katie Webster, Johnny Taylor and Charlie Musselwhite, among others. In more recent years, Jones has been able to put together two fine recordings of his own on the Bullseye label, I Need Time and Watch What You Say.
Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones latest release, Mr. Domestic, is recorded on his own label, Galexc Records. This 2002 release continues to showcase the excellence of Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones as a guitarist, singer and song writer. All eleven songs on the CD are originals and feature the exceptional guitar work of Jr. Boy as he continues the Texas tradition of guitar excellence.
Mr. Domestic is filled with hookish lyrics and great guitar. The CD opens with "My Work," including a nice shuffle beat and catchy lyrics about a guy who believes that his work is getting in the way of his love of the blues. Jones guitar is very fast and clean, making every note distinct from the others. A bit later, Jones provides more entertaining sounds on the title track, "Mr. Domestic." Jones reports that this song is very popular among the women because of its description of a man taking care of all of the housework; cooking, cleaning and sowing.
As Mr. Domestic progresses, Jones moves into some other styles, refusing to get locked into the standard shuffle beat. For example, on "Blues Belly" Jones gets into a Texas boogie singing a song that pokes fun at his size, referring to his "big blues belly" and his love of food. On "Bang Bang," Jones talks about a guy who is discovered getting a little on the side and his subsequent need to get away from a woman with a gun. This is followed by "These Dreams," a nice slow blues about not being satisfied with a good thing and the stress it puts on you. The song includes more slow burning guitar to accompany his emotion-filled vocals. Mr. Domestic closes out with "I Get No Respect," a song that could describe the feeling of many men and women who don not believe that they receive the proper respect that they have earned and deserve. The song includes more of Jones distinctive guitar and a nice piano solo by Shawn Phares, a long time member of Jone's band.
Anyone who enjoys good, clean Texas guitar and songs with lyrics that are easy for anyone to identify with will enjoy Mr. Domestic. To learn more about Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones and pick up a copy of Mr. Domestic, visit Jr. Boy's website at www.jwblues.com or contact Jr. Boy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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