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Staying Power

Tutu Jones

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Album Review

Jones' second album is even more powerful and better formatted than his successful and enticing debut, Blue Texas Soul. Once again producing and writing all the songs, Jones' talents are in abundance on this disc: from the slow blues of "The Milkman Game" to the soulful strut of "Can't Leave Your Love Alone" (which features his wife Sheila White Jones on background vocals), to the jazzy instrumental work on "After Midnight." Utilizing the same band that backed him so well on his debut disc, certain tracks also include the Memphis Horns providing stellar musical punctuation on soul-driven tracks like "Be Good To Your Lady" and "You Shatter My Heart." No sophomore slump here, this is one very well-thought-out and well-executed record.

Biography

Born: 09 September 1966 in Dallas, TX

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The son of Dallas-based R&B guitarist John Jones, Tutu Jones was truly a product of his environment — growing up in a house frequently populated by guests including Freddie King, Little Joe Blue and Ernie Johnson, his own future as a bluesman was never in doubt. Born John Jones Jr. on September 9, 1966, he became a professional drummer while still a teen, backing his uncles Curly "Barefoot" Miller and L.C. Clark before moving on to work with the likes of Z.Z. Hill and R.L. Burnside. At...
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