“I was raised on blues and soul music. When I look at the core of myself, my name is Luther and I’m a 68-year-old black guy with one green eye and a couple gold teeth and I play harmonica in a blues band that plays at a dump in the ghetto. Nobody comes to the gigs, and I’ll have played there my whole life—like, five days a week my band plays there. One night, Keith Richards is in town and he comes in and jams with me. Word gets around and someone recorded it and then that record gets released, and I die the day before it gets released. When it’s released, it’s the biggest blues hit since Stevie Ray Vaughan. On the inside, that’s what I look like.”
Justin Jones is “rock and roll…No Auto-Tune, no gimmicks-just a songwriter with a guitar and a crack band,” says The Vinyl District’s Jennifer Carney. With a musical career that spans more than a decade, Virginia native Justin Jones has just released his fifth full-length record, Outgrown.
Weaned on the sounds of southern soul, blues, and rock, Jones started playing open mike nights in Charlottesville near his hometown in his early teens. His first album, Blue Dreams – recorded in 2004, is the cornerstone of what turns out to be this prolific singer-songwriter’s catalog of albums, including Love Versus Heroin, and I Am the Song of the Drunkards, The Little Fox EP and Fading Light, that express both the lows and highs of love and life. “The songs I write and the music my band and I play, in my mind, is quintessentially American… It lives and breathes in the landscape that is America… sometimes soulful and sometimes stark… sometimes hard and sometimes lush. I like to think I write beautiful songs about death, sad songs about love, and hopeful songs about life. What I consider a kind of secular spiritual music.”
Outgrown captures the breadth of Jones’ musical talents.