R&B Jones - Brothers in the Blues
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For the last two years harp and guitar duo R&B Jones have made regular appearances at a number of venues in the Worcester and Stourport areas as well as at the Upton Blues Festival and have begun hosting a regular Blues Night on the third Tuesday of every month at the Cellar Bar in Foregate Street in Worcester.
I am the "R" in R&B and the "B" is Bob Jones, better known to some as "Poor Bob" who plays authentic slide guitar and writes for Blues in Britain Magazine.
I first met Bob at a jam night at the Marrs Bar in Pierpoint Street in Worcester where he was singing and playing the harp accompanied by the house band. A few weeks later, to my surprise, he invited me up to play the harp with him and after bumping into him at a Paul Lamb concert at Huntingdon Hall and again at the 2004 Upton Blues festival, he suggested that we should form a blues duo with him playing slide guitar and singing and me playing the harp. It has proved to be very interesting for me as a harp player since Bob tends to favour Son House and Robert Johnson numbers - neither of whom were noted for being part of a harp and guitar partnership unlike Sleepy John Estes and Hammie Nixon or Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee.
However, the combination seems to work well as you can judge from these clips:
Parchman Farm
In the Evening
Still a Fool
Governor Freight Blues
We now have a repertoire of more than 40 songs ranging from Robert Johnson's "Come on in My Kitchen" and "Hot Tamales" to swamp blues numbers like Tony Joe White's "Roosevelt and Ira Lee" with a number of Dylan numbers like "Baby Let me follow you down" and "Oxford Town" which we first added to our repertoire when we performed at the 2004 Dylan Night hosted at the Marrs Bar by Pete Unwin of the George Cowley Experience.
At the Marrs Bar, Worcester
At the Cafe Bar, Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
At the 2006 Upton Blues Festival
Rolling and Tumbling/Going Down Slow
What Happened the Other Night