Dennis Jones Band review…August 13, 2018….

DENNIS JONES BAND

WE3—LIVE!

BLUE ROCK RECORDS

BLUE OVER YOU–WHEN I DIE–PASSION FOR THE BLUES–STRAY BULLET–HOT SAUCE–DON’T WORRY ABOUT ME–SUPER DELUXE–ENJOY THE RIDE–YOU DON’T KNOW A THING ABOUT LOVE–KILL THE PAIN–BIG BLACK CAT–DEVIL’S NIGHTMARE–I’M GOOD–BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN

We remember Dennis Jones from the IBC’s back in 2004, as the guitarist for the eventual winners that year, the Zac Harmon Band.  As one of my old friends used to say, “He was a BAD MAN back then, and he is a BAD MAN today, having only gotten better with time.  His solo career has seen the release of five prior albums and a DVD, and he and his power trio of Sam Correa on bass and Raymond Johnson on drums have just released their latest, WE3—Live!,” from a blistering live set laid down at the Beaver Creek Brewery in  Wibaux, MT.

The band has always been L. A.-based, but, thus far in 2018, these guys have logged more than 12000 miles, and that doesn’t even include a European leg of four countries!  Dennis’ fans know what to expect, and DJ gives ’em a heavy dose of blues-rock all thru this red-hot live offering.  All our favorites from his previous albums are peppered throughout, beginning with his ode to that lover and her “story that never seems to end,” “Blue Over You.”  More bad-news lovers are the theme of “Stray Bullet,” the Robert Cray-ish story of she with “the face of an angel and a soul straight from Hell.”  He gets in a playful mode with the rockabilly-country-blues of the mystical powers of “Hot Sauce” on everything!  They pull out the old bump-and-grind for a deft slow jam tale of a lover who’s plainly addicted to “cocaine in your coffee and whiskey in your tea,” but, “still can’t Kill The Pain.”

We had two favorites, too.  By listening to Dennis, it’s obvious he’s doing what he was born to do.  On “Passion For The Blues,” he echoes the sentiments of all the greats who have come and gone to spread the gospel of the blues.  And, he closes the set with the encore, seven minutes of pure bliss that is his take of “Born Under A Bad Sign.” Dennis leaves nothing on the table nor anything to the imagination as he infuses this legendary cut with nods not only to Albert, but to Hendrix, SRV, and just about anyone else you can think of.

It’s easy to forget that there are only three guys on stage for this set, because they create such a wall of sound throughout “WE3—Live!”  Dennis, we love you!!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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