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Sonic Departures


JW Jones


Fresh off the heels of winning Best Guitarist at the 2020 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, JW-Jones, of Local 180 (Ottawa, ON) was excited for a huge year before COVID-19 hit and halted his tour schedule. “l knew I had to do something productive to stay positive, so I turned isolation into inspiration,” said the JUNO-nominated guitarist, whose axemanship has been praised in recent years by legendary blues artists Buddy Guy (Local 10-208, Chicago) and Chuck Leavell (Local 148-642, Atlanta).

The result was Sonic Departures, comprising nine songs of original music and previously unreleased tracks. “This album sounds bigger and wider-than-ever,” says Jones. It features a 17-piece band with a 13-piece horn section, plus additional tracking of vocals, guitars, and studio effects.

Joining Jones on the album were his wife, Brit, singing harmonies, and a vocal sample from his 15-month-old daughter.

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