I give this CD, my highest rating, Five *****
Excellent CD... Thoroughly enjoyed it... Highly Recommended...
Last year the Mannish Boys "Lowdown Feelin'"
with Bobby Jones at the helm, was voted #1 on my Top
Ten List - USA Releases in my Blues
Underground Network's Year End Review 2008. This year after listening
to Bobby Jones "Comin' Back Hard" featuring The Mannish
Boys, it may just be chosen #1 as well, certainly it will be in my
With over 50 years of experience behind him, Bobby Jones
shows us why he is still at the very top of his profession, with a debut
album that is certainly second to none among Releases so far this year.
With all his great friends, namely the Mannish Boys, that
partner with him in this release, it is no wonder why "Comin' Back Hard",
is such a brilliant and polished piece of musical magic.
Delta Groove Music proudly introduces the solo debut CD by
Chicago Blues veteran Bobby Jones, the latest addition to the celebrated
all-star blues revue The Mannish Boys. This collection of songs was
recorded during the very same sessions that produced the critically
acclaimed release Lowdown Feelin' by the Mannish Boys, but focuses
the spotlight squarely on Jones. Here Jones is joined by The Mannish Boys
featuring Finis Tasby, Randy Chortkoff, Kid Ramos, Kirk Fletcher, Frank
Goldwasser, Ronnie James Weber, Tom Leavey and Richard Innes, plus special
guests Al Blake, Lynwood Slim, Junior Watson and Fred Kaplan. Amazon.Com
Bobby Jones is the Real Deal..., March 8, 2009
By Mystical Cynic "ron956" (Texas)
I was fortunate enough to catch one of Mr. Jones performances last year in Las Vegas. Bobby is the real deal and can sing just about anything with ease. Some guys like Mr. Jones never make it to superstardom for whatever reason, but he is as talented as they come with an incredible voice and stage presence. What a joy to listen to, and he is even better in person.
So many of the current so-called 'pop stars' are totally fabricated with zero talent.
Bobby Jones has raw talent, natural and is the REAL DEAL.
Look No Further !!!, March 2, 2009
By Keith J. Singer "KJS Esq." (Merrick, New York United States)
If you are reading this review, you have found, without a doubt, the best blues album for 2009 (and perhaps for the past decade). The Mannish Boys prove why they are the best blues band out there today, and Bobby Jones vocals are amazing. I could not possibly pick out a best cut, because they are all fantastic. The only complaint (if you could call it that) is that, even with a dozen songs, it is still only 45 minutes long. Randy Chortkoff (President of Delta Groove records--and a mean harp player in his own right), if you are listening, PLEASE PLEASE put out a Volume 2. This is a great disc. Buy it, borrow it or steal it. Do whatever you have to !! You will NOT be disappointed.
1. She's the One 3:53
2. Two Headed Woman 3:21
3. I Must Be Crazy 2:45
4. Come in Out of the Rain 4:25
5. Get It Over Baby 2:32
6. I Don't Know 3:29
7. Tired Of Your Jive 3:59
8. Cry for Me Baby 4:20
9. Three Handed Woman 3:06
10. Mystery Train 5:27
11. How Long Will It Last 4:17
Louisiana native Bobby Jones began his musical career as a blues singer in Chicago, earning his stripes on the vibrant blues scene there in the late '50s and early '60s. Years of exposure to performances by the likes of Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters in local clubs
during their prime years provided him with the basis for a style that is now equal parts deep Delta Blues and gospel-inflected soulful testifying. Although he worked steadily in the clubs on the south and west sides of the city, and for a time was featured vocalist with Chicago's already-legendary band The Aces (formerly Little Walter's band, featuring brothers Dave and Louis Myers), Jones never made it into the recording studio as a band leader during the early phase of his musical career. His only recordings from this era came when he was
featured as a guest vocalist on mid-'60s album project called Chicago Blues Union, along with the cream of Chicago's young blues talent including Mike Bloomfield, Charlie Musselwhite, Barry Goldberg and Harvey Mandel. Eventually Bobby drifted away from the
blues scene, and although he continued to sing and has kept his voice in strong shape, for all practical purposes he was retired from music as a career for many years. In the early '80s he began a slow comeback, initially releasing an LP on a small label aimed towards the
contemporary Southern Soul market. He followed this up with a handful of self-produced soul CDs in the '90s, which highlighted a deeply soulful singing style more powerful than ever. His song "Somebody Stole My Freak" (released under the name "Bobby Jonz") gained
some attention at the 'stepper's sets' on the soul circuit, but things slowed down again by the turn of the decade.
So when his friend, founding Mannish Boys pianist Leon Blue, brought him along just to hang out during The Mannish Boys recording session in 2007, Jones was not just off the radar of most contemporary blues fans - no one at the session except Leon even knew he
was a singer. He was just “Leon’s buddy Bobby”. Jones sat quietly in the background all day, until during a lull in the action Leon mentioned that Bobby was a singer while introducing him around, and asked if he could get up and do a number. Upon his arrival veteran
Chicago blues guitarist Jody Williams, who was also guesting on the session, recognized Bobby from the old days in Chicago, and the two embraced like long-lost brothers. Jody’s endorsement helped seal the deal, and when Bobby got up and performed with the band,
everyone present was stunned by the power and soulfulness in his delivery. The Mannish Boys producer and leader Randy Chortkoff was so impressed that even though the band already had two excellent
front men in Finis Tasby and Johnny Dyer, he invited Jones to
join the band on the spot. Bobby was so pleased by the turn of events that when the band took a break, he went out to lunch and wrote a new song to commemorate the occasion.
This chance encounter resulted in Bobby’s debut as a featured vocalist with The Mannish Boys, with a couple of songs on their “Big Plans” release in 2007. However with Johnny Dyer scaling back his touring schedule in recent times, Jones has become an increasingly
important part of the band’s live performances. So when The Mannish Boys entered the studio for their follow-up, “Lowdown Feelin’”, Bobby Jones was spotlighted in a much larger role, fronting the band on seven songs. At these same sessions, taking advantage of the
gathered all-star line up featuring The Mannish Boys plus special guests Junior Watson, Al Blake, Lynwood Slim and Fred Kaplan, Jones recorded his debut solo release for Delta Groove.
This time the spotlight is all on Bobby Jones, a seasoned veteran who is still young and vibrant enough to rock the house with the best of them. With the versatility to move from gritty Howlin’ Wolf-style rockers to subtle, gospel-inflected moaners with equal amounts of
conviction and full- throated soul, Jones is a force to be reckoned with on the modern blues scene, both as a permanent member of The Mannish Boys and as solo artist leading his own band.
"Jones is a mainline Chicago blues belter, with gritty, sensuous pipes that
let the blues flow.” – Pittsburgh Post Gazette
“Jones, who sings the lion’s share of cuts on the Mannish Boys’ new album, Lowdown Feelin’, is that rarity among blues performers, especially those of his era.”– Blues Revue Magazine
“Jones again demonstrates his masterful sense of timing and authority.”
– Living Blues Magazine
Mannish Boys feat. Bobby Jones - "How Long Will It Last"
Sierre Blues Festival - June 18-21 2009 Mannish
Boys play "How Long Will It Last" at the Sierre Blues Festival
in Sierre, Valais, Switzerland