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"His evolution as a musician and vocalist shine through on this record like never before. Real songs, real playing by real people. JW is the real deal."

-  Chuck Leavell (The Rolling Stones)

JW Jones, the award-winning Canadian blues rock guitarist and singer-songwriter, will release his new album "High Temperature" on Solid Blues Records via Proper Distribution in the UK and Europe Friday 20th October 2017. The album dovetails an 18-date nationwide UK tour starting at the Worthing Pavillion on Thursday 23rd November.

JW Jones is thrilled to announce the Rainbreakers as special guests at his London show on Saturday 2nd September at The Borderline.

"High Temperature", produced by Nashville-based Colin Linden, recently won "Best Self-Released CD" at the 2017 ‘International Blues Challenge’ (via Blues Foundation in Memphis), and was also named the ‘Hot Shot Debut’ on the Billboard Top 10.  

"High Temperature" is the follow-up to JW’s JUNO Award nominated 2014 album "Belmont Boulevard", which was nominated for a Maple Blues Award, and held the #1 position on Canadian roots radio stations for 13 weeks.

On the new LP, Linden takes JW into new territory with warm, analog-driven tones, and a wide-range of material. JW’s evolution as a musician and vocalist shines through like never before.

"JW is ready to take his place among the greater blues-based musicians of the 21st century," says Linden. "It’s an absolute pleasure to have worked on the new album." Linden, an eight time JUNO and GRAMMY Award winner, is the musical director for the hit TV series "Nashville", and over the years has produced albums for many iconic Canadian musicians including Bruce Cockburn and Colin James.

Photo Credits: © Reg Richardson

"High Temperature" features JW’s touring bassist Laura Greenberg (recorded before drummer Will Laurin joined the band), plus an all-star cast of session musicians including bassist Dominic Davis (Jack White, Tom Jones, Beck), keyboard player Kevin McKendree (Brian Setzer, Delbert McClinton), and drummer Bryan Owings (Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant).

Liam Russell sings harmonies on several tracks, and JW welcomes his first recorded duet with #1 hit-songwriter Jaida Dreyer on her song "How Many Hearts" (co-written with Colin Linden).  

The release features original songs penned with the incredible Ottawa-based songwriter, Dick Cooper (Cooper Brothers), including the deeply personal "Who I Am", which Jones uses as a vehicle to open-up even more than on Belmont Boulevard’s "Cocaine Boy".



Worthing Pavilion
Thursday 23rd November 2017

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Marine Parade, Worthing, BN11 3PX

Cellar Bar, Bear Hotel, Devizes
Friday 24th November
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2-3 The Market Place, Devizes, SN10 1HS

The Thunderbolt, Bristol
Saturday 25th November
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124 Bath Road, Totterdown, Bristol, BS4 3ED

Mr Kyps, Poole
Sunday 26th November
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8-a Parr Street, Poole, BH14 0JY

Marr’s Bar, Worcester
Monday 27th November
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12 Pierpoint St, Worcester, WR1 1TA

Robin 2, Bilston
Tuesday 28th November
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20-28 Mount Pleasant, Bilston, WV14 7LJ

Kardomah94, Hull
Wednesday 29th November
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94 Alfred Gelder Street, Hull, HU1 2AN

The Musician, Leicester
Thursday 30th November
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Clyde Street, Leicester, LE1 2DE

Pizza Express, Maidstone
Friday 1st December
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01622 683 548
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Fremlin Walk Shopping Centre,
62 Earl St, Maidstone, ME14 1PS

Borderline, London
Saturday 2nd December
With Special Guests Rainbreakers
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Orange Yard, Manette St, London, W1D 4JB

Edinburgh Voodoo Rooms
"Edinburgh Blues Club"
Sunday 3rd December
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19a W Register St, Edinburgh, EH2 2AA
The Voodoo

Waterfront, Norwich
Tuesday 5th December
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139-141 King St, Norwich, NR1 1QH

Brighton Komedia
Wednesday 6th December
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44-47 Gardner Street, Brighton, BN1 1UN

Southampton Talking Heads
Thursday 7th December
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16-22 The Polygon, Southampton, SO15 2BN

Keighley Blues Live
Friday 8th December
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Venue: The Octagon, Bradford Road, Sandbeds,
Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD20 5LY

Glasgow Sleazy’s
Saturday 9th December
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421 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow, G2 3LG

Newcastle Cluny 2
Sunday 10th December
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34 Lime St, Ouseburn, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 2PQ

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International Blues Challenge winner (2017), JUNO Award Nominee and Billboard Top 10 Blues artist JW-Jones tours constantly, and is known for his high-energy live shows.

Canada’s national newspaper, the Globe and Mail, referred to this Maple Blues Award winner as "one of this country’s top blues guitar stars."

JW’s new release "High Temperature" was named the Hot Shot Debut on the Billboard Top 10, and is the follow up to the JUNO Award nominated ‘Belmont Boulevard’.

In early 2016, Jones was requested directly from George Thorogood & The Destroyers’ management to open for several of their spring tour dates, including Massey Hall in Toronto. The band received a standing ovation at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

The same year, Jones toured the UK for the first time, creating a buzz that resulted in glowing endorsements from members of the band Vintage Trouble, and Joe Bonamassa’s UK publicist, Peter Noble. In 2015/2016, JW played over 100 high-energy shows per year, including being invited five times to perform alongside Buddy Guy, and twice with Woodstock legends, Canned Heat.

Guitar World Magazine featured a CD called ‘Guitar Masters Vol. 2’ that put Jones alongside guitar stars B.B. King, Jimmy Page, and Carlos Santana among others, which led him to an endorsement deal with Gibson guitars. Hollywood actor Dan Aykroyd, known for his Blues Brothers persona "Elwood Blues", says "this is an amazing blues band."

American magazine Blues Revue stated that "Jones’ style is a fluid amalgam of T-Bone Walker’s big, bright chords, Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson’s slashing leads, and Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown’s jazzy sting."

JW was born in Ottawa, Ontario and started playing drums at 13, at that time into Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and classic rock. A few years later, after witnessing a B.B. King performance, he fell in love with the blues and decided to take up the guitar. Soon he was absorbing the influences of artists such as Albert King, Freddie King, T-Bone Walker, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Jimmie Vaughan, and later, West Coast guitarists Junior Watson and Little Charlie Baty.

In 1998 he won a "Battle of the Bands" contest, and the following year he won a "Best Guitar Riff-Off" competition and used the studio time prize to record his debut album, "Defibrillatin". Jones was the first artist signed to Toronto-based label Northern Blues Music, which released the album in 2000, plus his next five CDs.

JW’s "epiphany moment" came shortly after signing with Northern Blues: "I was in college for a computer course. The label was flying me across the country to play in showcases, and I had gigs every weekend. My focus was on the music and not school. I remember walking away from the college one day, and just like the movies… I looked back at the school, and said to myself, ‘I am never coming back here.’ It was the best decision I’ve ever made. After that, it was complete concentration on building my career."

He started by garnering three consecutive Maple Blues Award nominations and being invited to perform onstage with The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, and Junior Watson. Jones’ second release, Bogart’s Bounce, included performances by singer/harp player Kim Wilson and pianist Gene Taylor of The Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Kim Wilson produced JW’s next release, "My Kind of Evil", which featured well-known Canadian singer/guitarist Colin James as guest.

In 2006, JW released his fourth album, "Kissing in 29 Days", including performances by David "Fathead" Newman, Ray Charles’ main saxophone player for 12 years. In a feature article entitled "JW-Jones — A Rising Star Chases the Sound of Thunder(birds)," Blues Revue magazine stated that "JW-Jones is highly regarded in blues circles." One of the tracks, "Parasomnia," appeared on a Guitar World featured CD, Guitar Masters Vol. 2, along with B.B. King, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Carlos Santana.

On Jones’ next release, "Bluelisted" (2008), he got the chance to work with two of his guitar heroes, Little Charlie Baty and Junior Watson, and rhythm section Richard Innes and Larry Taylor. The liner notes were provided by Dan Aykroyd, who wrote "crisp covers and cool originals make this record a yellow dot must-buy".

For his next project JW headed to Memphis’ famed Sun Studios to record with blues legend Hubert Sumlin, the blues guitarist who worked with Howlin’ Wolf for over 20 years and was named one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone. The resulting album, "Midnight Memphis Sun", was released in 2010 and also featured guest Charlie Musselwhite, who stated that "JW Jones is one of the best guitar players I’ve heard in a long time. He writes great tunes with cool arrangements. He plays with taste and fire at the same time."

2012’s, "Seventh Hour" was JW’s second album in a row to hit #1 on "B.B. King’s Bluesville" on XM Sirius Satellite radio. JW opened for B.B. at the Ottawa Bluesfest, and sealed an endorsement deal with Gibson guitars.

Two years later, Jones was honoured by the Ottawa Business Journal and Ottawa Chamber of Commerce by being named one of the "Forty Under 40," (out of 250 nominations), a salute to the region’s talented entrepreneurs who balance business achievement, professional expertise and community involvement.

In 2014 he released "Belmont Boulevard" on Blind Pig Records, and was produced in Nashville by Grammy-winning producer Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, George Thorogood, and Susan Tedeschi).

On the album, Jones decided to delve deep into his personal life and tell some of his stories that he’d never revealed before. He co-wrote many of the songs with Hambridge, a noted songwriter whose tunes have been recorded by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rascal Flatts, and Delbert McClinton. "Digging deep into some very serious personal stories from my past and turning them into songs has been liberating and part of the healing process. I hope these songs resonate with listeners that have been through similar experiences," said Jones.

"Belmont Boulevard" hit #9 on Billboard sales charts in the US, held the #1 position on Canadian roots radio stations for 13 weeks, and was nominated for JUNO and Maple Blues Awards in Canada.

Will Laurin (drums) and the heavy grooves of Laura Greenberg (bass) play on JW’s latest album "High Temperature", and also make up his touring band.

In May 2017, Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers made a guest appearance with JW and the band in Edmonton, and the future continues to looks promising for this rising star.  Now, with his latest album, "High Temperature", he’s excited about reaching an even wider audience.

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