Playlist: Lau­rence Jones

Hard-work­ing young blues­man Lau­rence Jones talks he­roes, bal­lads and the power of Gary Moore

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The first song I re­mem­ber… Pur­ple­haze – Jimi Hen­drix

“I know it sounds cliched but my dad played me it and I heard that riff… be­fore that I wasn’t re­ally into mu­sic. I thought, ‘Wow this is in­cred­i­ble!’ Af­ter that I put a mas­sive poster of Jimi with his white Strat in my bed­room. I looked at it ev­ery day and I knew that was what I wanted to do.”

The first song I learned… House of the ris­ing sun – The An­i­mals

“My dad taught me to play that and luck­ily enough in 2015 I was able to play that on­stage with Eric Bur­don at the Royal Al­bert Hall. We were in­vited to play a fes­ti­val and it was Sir Van Mor­ri­son, Eric Bur­don, Wal­ter Trout, Ruby Turner and my­self. Eric asked a few gui­tarists to get up and jam with him. It was a pretty spe­cial mo­ment be­cause my dad taught me that song and would joke, ‘I’m bet­ter than you.’ He was in­the au­di­ence that night so I could turn to him and say, ‘I’m bet­ter than you now!’”

A song I cov­ered early on… Sun­shine of your love – Cream

“That song and Voodoo child - the clas­sics! Ob­vi­ous choices for me, and many other peo­ple, but what it taught me is how to put my own stamp on cov­ers be­cause there’s no way I could just copy them. I didn’t want to do a medi­ocre cover, I wanted to change the tempo, the feel and the phras­ing on the vo­cals and gui­tar so­los.”

A song I’d like to cover… Danc­ing in the moon­light – Thin Lizzy

“I’ve been mess­ing around with it and we were go­ing to put it on the last al­bum but we’re sav­ing it. I love the lyrics and also the gui­tar riff is catchy – it has that en­ergy. It’s pop from the 70s but with real gui­tar mu­sic and that’s ex­actly what I’ve tried to do on my cur­rent al­bum.”

A song that was chal­leng­ing to write Takeme – Lau­rence Jones

“That’s ba­si­cally a bal­lad and that’s some­thing I’ve just started to do, in­tro­duc­ing it into my vo­cab­u­lary. It’s quite vul­ner­a­ble but at the same time it needs to be pow­er­ful. One of my big­gest he­roes is Gary Moore and he was amaz­ing at writ­ing bal­lads. So for me to take on the chal­lenge of a bal­lad was re­ally ex­cit­ing. It took a while to get the feel right but once we got the it to­gether it was cool.”

A song I’m en­joy­ing play­ing live Gone­away – Lau­rence Jones

“It’s got my in­flu­ence from Ste­vie Ray Vaughan and Lenny Kravitz… if they had a baby! It starts on with that funky kind of riff, Lenny Kravitz has that take on them that’s like lis­ten­ing to Ste­vie Won­der through a Mar­shall stack. In the solo I let rip with my SRV in­flu­ence with fast gui­tar licks. It’s got some nice chords in there too.”

A song that re­minds me of home when I’m tour­ing Just like heaven – The Cure

“This is quite an odd one but when I lis­ten to The Cure it re­minds me that my dad had a mas­sive vinyl col­lec­tion – and I’d al­ways choose to put cer­tain al­bums on. One was The Cure, one was Jimi Hen­drix, an­other was Rory Gal­lagher and The Ground­hogs too.”

A solo that I find re­ally pow­er­ful Still got the blues – Gary Moore

“It just howls with emo­tion from that re­la­tion­ship. His gui­tar is more pow­er­ful than the voice on that record, which you don’t re­ally get any­more.”

Lau­rence Jones’s new al­bum The truth is out now on Top Stop Mu­sic

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