Friday 9 June 2017

He’s only 25 years old, but has already shared the holy stage of the Royal Albert Hall with the likes of Eric Burdon and Van Morisson. His blues rock sounds loud and fierce, and sometimes invokes a sound that could be described as a mix between Rory Gallagher and Jeff Healey, brought forward into 2017. One thing is for sure: Laurence Jones, often appointed ‘the future of blues’, is going full steam ahead. The young Brit has won several prestigious awards and sold a good number of copies of his first three records. His fourth is called Take Me High; it was released in 2016 and produced by Mike Vernon, best known of his work with Fleetwood and John Mayall. With a boundless energy, Jones tours extensively with his power trio. All that while battling Crohn’s disease: music is his medicine. As if he’s done nothing else for many decades, this young blues hero touches the snares with nimble fingers and puts everyone under his spell with his raw voice.