Andrew “Jr. Boy.” Jones review…December 2, 2013…

ANDREW “JR BOY’ JONES

I KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE

43RD BIG IDEA RECORDS

I KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE–I’VE GOT YOU ON MY SPEED DIAL–WHISKEY DRINKIN’ BLUES–G THANG–LET THE CHILD BE WILD–MOVIN’ FROM THE DARK SIDE–READY TO PLAY–YOU GOTTA BE FOOLIN’ YOU–MIDNIGHT–YOUNGER WOMEN–THE PARTY IS GETTING STARTED AT MIDNIGHT–MIXED BEANS–WHISKEY DRINKIN’ BLUES (LONG VERSION)

Andrew  Jones was born in Dallas, TX, and his grandmother nicknamed him “Jr. Boy” as a child.  He got his first guitar at age seven, and by sixteen he was playing in Freddie King’s band.  Since then, he’s played with Charlie Musselwhite, Katie Webster, and Johnnie Taylor, just to name a few.  His sixth solo CD is entitled “I Know What It’s Like,” and is thirteen cuts of hard-charging Texas blues mixed in with shots of Chicago and Delta blues, and features two cuts written by female vocalist Kerrie Lepai that fall into tthe soul-blues category.

Jr. Boy gets a sweet, fat tone out of his Gibson guitars, and coupled with his soulful vocal delivery, is quite an entertainer.  He also writes songs that put a humorous spin on everyday situations that we can all relate to.  Check out the funky tale of a man addicted to phone sex, “I Got You On My Speed Dial,” and “Let The Child Be Wild.,” featuring an extended solo.  Jr. Boy gets in some fine instrumental work, too, with cuts such as the brooding “Midnight,” the horn-spiced funk of “Mixed Beans,” and the T-Bone Walker-ish “G Thang.”

Of special note are the vocal works of Kerrie Lepai.  Her big voice sets the mood on the call-and-response shuffle of “Ready To Play,” then she calls out a no-good lover and asks the bartender to “make mine a double” in two scorching versions of “Whiskey Drinkin’ Blues.”

Our favorite was easy.  Jr. Boy’s guitar is backed by the horn section and tasty harp from Cheryl Arena as he extolls the virtues of being loved by “Younger Women.”

Andrew “Jr. Boy” Jones’ career has spanned over fifty years, both as a solo artist and sharing the stage with some of the best in  blues.  “I Know What It’s Like” stands as his best work to date!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, Nashville Blues Society.

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