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Agenda

1e Rockin’ all over Den Nul Outdoor 18 Augustus

01 September Bluesrockfestival Tegelen

Bluesfestival Hoogeveen 17 November 2018


dinsdag 11 juli 2017

Release: Johnny Ray Jones “ Feet Back in the Door” Available July 7th

Johnny Ray Jones “ Feet Back in  the Door” Available July 7th

For Johnny Ray Jones, his debut album under his own name has been a long time in the making. The longtime Southern California blues artist -- who's been called "the Godson of Soul" -- began the sessions for what would become 'Feet Back in the Door'' way back in 1995, when his friends Tony Braunagel, Marty Grebb, Joe Sublett and Johnny Lee Schell put together a group and recorded four songs that, for various reasons, remained unreleased.

"It's like a smorgasbord of Americana and blues," says Jones of the now-finished album, for which most recording took place in 2015 and 2016. Besides "Hole In Your Soul," a Sam "Bluzman" Taylor-penned song taken from the 1995 sessions, Feet Back in the Door features a varied set of newly waxed tunes that run the full gamut of blues styles. From the smoothly soulful R&B vibe of the title track (written by Jones' friend Arthur Adams) to the up tempo, Stones-style "Love-Itis" (recorded by Harvey Scales in the '60s and popularized by The J. Geils Band in the '70s) to the straight-ahead blues of Z.Z. Hill's "I'm a Blues Man" and the New Orleans sparkle of Leon Russell's "Hearts Have Turned to Stone," these are some of the deepest blues you're likely to hear, sung by a man who has truly lived them. Jones also contributed one original to the project: the gritty, lowdown "In the Heart of the City," which he says was inspired by "walking through downtown L.A. feeling invisible, being alone and missing my girl."

In his long career, Johnny Ray Jones has performed with a who's who of blues royalty. The aforementioned Sam Taylor was his voice coach; Percy Mayfield's wife, Tina, was his godmother; and he's performed with the likes of blues shouter Big Joe Turner and L.A.'s beloved blues-rockers The Red Devils in addition to opening shows for Leon Russell, John Mayall, and Steppenwolf. Now, with an album co-produced by Tony Braunagel and Johnny Lee Schell and with guest spots by Coco Montoya, among others, it's time for Jones to step into the spotlight. On 'Feet Back in the Door,' he does so with style.

TRACK LIST

1. FEET BACK IN THE DOOR 3:56
2. HOLE IN YOUR SOUL 4:42
3. COME UP AND SEE ME SOMETIME 3:24
4. HIGH COST OF LOVING 3:17
5. HARD TIMES WON 4:00
6. LOVE-ITIS 2:58
7. I'M A BLUES MAN 3:20
8. A CERTAIN GIRL 3:21
9. IN THE HEART OF THE CITY 4:40
10. HEARTS HAVE TURNED TO STONE 3:46

Produced by Tony Braunagel, Johnny Lee Schell, Johnny Ray Jones
Executive Produced by Charley Force, Johnny Ray Jones

MUSICIANS

Johnny Ray Jones vocals on all songs
Johnny Lee Schell guitars on all songs, background vocals on
3,8, percussion on 10
Tony Braunagel drums on all songs, percussion on 1,2,4,6,7
Mike Finnigan organ on all songs, piano on all songs except 2,
background vocals on 1,6,7,10
James "Hutch" Hutchinson bass on all songs
Joe Sublett tenor sax on all songs except 5,9
Darrell Leonard trumpet on all songs except 3,5,8,9
Lenny Castro percussion on 3,5,8,9; Jimmy Powers harmonica on 5
Marty Grebb piano, baritone sax on 2; Coco Montoya lead guitar on 2
Lee Thornburg trumpet and flugelhorn on 9; Paulie Serra tenor sax
on 9; Julie Delgado, Nita Whitaker background vocals on 2
Teresa James background vocals on 1,6,7,10



CONTACT

MOONDOGG RECORDS: (310) 433-2868
moondoggrecords@gmail.com
800 S. Pacific Coast Highway #121,
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

PUBLICIST

FRANK ROSZAK, KBA Awardee 2014
www.frankroszakpromotions.com
froszak2003@yahoo.com
(818) 679-7636
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