Fresh off the heels of winning ''Best Guitarist'' at the 2020 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Jones was stoked for a huge year before COVID-19 hit and halted his tour schedule. ''I knew I had to do something productive to stay positive, so I turned isolation into inspiration!''
JUNO-nominated Jones, whose searing guitar work has been praised in recent years by legendary blues artists Buddy Guy and Chuck Leavell (The Rolling Stones). From original music to previously unreleased songs, ''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 that led to a most appropriate title, Sonic Departures. After releasing ''Live'' less than two years ago, the frequent resident of Billboard's Top 10 Blues charts and roots radio favorite continues to accelerate his career momentum to new heights, whether it's as a personally-requested sit-in with the likes of 8-time Grammy winner Buddy Guy, opening for blues-rock icon George Thorogood, or entertaining thrilled audiences in 23 countries and four continents.
''JW Jones is one of the best guitar players I've heard in a long time. He and his band do great tunes with cool arrangements and I love listening to them. They play with taste and fire at the same time.''
''This young man is one of the people who will keep the Blues alive.'' --Buddy Guy