When I heard Lloyd Jones live for the first time in January 1999, it was like exhaling after holding my breath for fifteen years!” – Delbert McClinton
“Lloyd has been a good friend of mine for over 30 years and has always been a great guitar player – Great tone and phrasing from the heart.” – Charlie Musselwhite
Portland roots artist Lloyd Jones has recorded six critically-acclaimed albums, toured internationally, and racked up dozens of major awards and accolades. He’s a relentless road dog, hitting festival stages, Delbert McClinton’s annual Sandy Beaches Cruises (he’s been a regular on six winter cruises), and clubs all across the land to enthusiastic crowds who can’t get enough of his swampy blues, his backporch picking, his serious-as-anthrax funk, soul, roadhouse two-beats, and old-school rhythm and blues. Yet he may be the most invisible, best-kept roots/blues/Americana secret on the contemporary scene.
Jones is a master of the soulful understatement, the raw growl, and the groove. From his roots in muddy Oregon soil, he’s forged a 30-plus-year career as an impassioned singer and fierce guitar slinger, a clever and soulful songwriter, a bandleader, record producer, and an almost strident torchbearer for all that’s true and good about America’s music. Jones is his own true artist who works diligently at pushing American roots music forward.
Jones performs a solo acoustic set on the Crossroads stage Friday afternoon before joining The Bayou Boys on the Bayou Blues Cruise on the Portland Spirit.