Laurence Jones was inducted into the British Blues Awards ‘Hall of Fame’ for winning their ‘Young Artist of the Year’ award for three years in a row.
The multi-award-winning guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter, who Classic Rock Magazine hailed as “the future of the blues”, has shared stages with Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Jeff Beck, Joe Bonamassa and Status Quo, among many others. In 2017, Buddy Guy, who once likened Laurence to “ a young Eric Clapton ”, invited the youngster to join him onstage at the Holland International Blues Festival before of an audience of 15,000.
Laurence’s recently released seventh studio album, ‘Bad Luck & The Blues’ is a hard-rocking blues album with one eye on 1970’s classic hard rock. The record sees Laurence at his rawest, showcasing his virtuoso guitar talents while remaining faithful to his blues roots, and is the first to feature Jones’ new ‘power-trio’ line-up.
“I started my career in a power-trio, and gradually moved away from that. Going back to those roots was an itch that I’d wanted to scratch for ages.” Jones explains.
“ Two of my biggest heroes were Gary Moore and Jimi Hendrix, and that’s the direction I wanted to go in, along with some more contemporary influences such as Queens of The Stone Age, Jack White, and Royal Blood. My main point of reference on this album was Robin Trower. I had been a fan for years, but I used lockdown to sink myself into his playing style and the tone he used.”
Laurence Jones is at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday 4 February at 7.30pm. See www.theapex.co.uk or ring 01284 758 000 for more information or to book tickets.