Portland, Oregon 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’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 (back before the R&B tag was somehow appropriated for other musical purposes, apparently when we weren’t looking). Yet he may be the most invisible, best-kept roots/blues/Americana secret on the contemporary scene.
Lloyd Jones Reviews:
“Jones’ new CD Doin’ What it Takes features a nine-piece orchestra. It features some great dance tunes like I’ll be Right on Down and Ruby Do. The title track is a full-blown funk blues tune with some blistering lead guitar and smoking hot saxophone leads. The whole CD really captures that big, butt-rockin’ sound that is big band blues.” — Jeff Shivers, Positively Entertainment
“Lloyd Jones is referred to as “The Groove Merchant.” It is a fitting title because he is without question one of the funkiest, soulful artists ever to strap on a Fender. So much groove is there that you’re mesmerized and thrilled every time; he has that creative knack that transcends through his songwriting with powerful tunes that are emotional, joyful and sometimes humorous. Doin’ What It Takes brings all of this talent out.” —Cascade Blues Association