Lloyd Jones

Lloyd Jones
Highway Bound

Underworld Records

By Lady K
August 2011

Highway Bound, Lloyd Jones included 16 tracks – 3 original tunes, plus a slew of traditional, mostly well-known “folk blues;” a worthwhile trip along the highway of life, in blues-speak!!! Lloyd Jones is out of Portland, Oregon, so may not be a household blues hero on the East Coast, as far as “live” venues, so if you get a chance, take a listen – you’ll want more of this Jones’ music!!

Jones’ own tunes on Highway Bound are “Travelin’ On;” a quick-tempo, finger-strummin’, get outta town tune: “Believe it’s time to be travelin’ on, feel trouble’s on the way,” with friends in Clarksdale and Tennessee to go to, the invitation to join him on the trip includes the suggestion “If you want to travel with me, bring your good shoes.” “No More Crying” is a blues shuffle, and includes lonesome-man lyrics: “. . . no more tears . . . cried all last night and tears fell like Georgia rain. I cried for you, but won’t cry for you again.” Co-written with J. Scroggins, “You Better” starts off a mid-tempo tune, and gathers steam as it progresses through lyrics to his lady: “. . . sweetest thing that I’ve seen so far . . . make a little more of that time for me.”

“Ice Cream Man” (written by John Brim) Jones’ harp companion is none other than Charlie Musselwhite, who also wrote the CD-liner testimonial to his friend Lloyd Jones. And “Lazy Bones” – written by Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer (who knew?!!) – also includes some harmonica fun with yet another household-harp name, Curtis Salgado.

wait!! There’s more!! More venerable blues tunes that is!! Included in this fine disc are Robert Johnson’s “Last Fair Deal Gone Down;” “Good Morning Little School Girl” by Sonny Boy Williamson; “Careless Love,” a W.C. Handy tune; and Mississippi John Hurt’s “Don’t Want Me Baby.” B. Broonzy got the nod twice, with tunes “Southbound Train” and “Key to the Highway” included.

K usually mentions tempo, beat, general dance-ability; but this collection of tunes is more for listening – really listening. You’ll enjoy “meeting” Lloyd Jones!!l

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