SHAWN JONES – Struggle Makes You Stronger

High Drive Records www.shawnjonesmusic.com (Release date 11th Feb)

Shawn Jones has already released four studio and one live album prior to this new album. He has also been out on tour with BB King, Buddy Guy and Robert Cray amongst others (Robert Cray’s drummer Tony Braunagel guests on one song).

The album is an enjoyable mix of blues, southern rock and a little soul. Vocally Shawn Jones has a little hint of Paul Rodgers, more so on the laid back songs like ‘Sweet Victoria’. He plays some great slide on ‘Life Is For Living’ and ‘She Don’t Know (‘Bout Her Own Mojo)’. A real standout is the southern rock of ‘Runnin’ Water’, one of those songs with a life affirming message that Lynyrd Skynyrd do so well and I am sure they would have liked to pen this song.

Classy album for those who enjoyed impeccable blues playing mixed with some southern and soul influences. He has a soulful voice as well, something many blues players lack.

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Jason Ritchie

 


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In this show, first broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on 2 February 2020, David Randall plays a selection of tracks from some of the artists who impressed at this year’s Giants Of Rock event in Minehead (24-27 January).

Featured Albums w/c 17 February (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 NEWMAN Ignition (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 BLACK SWAN Shake The World (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 CORMAC O CAOIMH Swim Crawl Walk Run (indie)

Power Plays w/c 17 February (Mon-Fri)

SHAKRA Turn The Light On (AFM Records)
THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA Transmissions (Nuclear Blast)
RYDERS CREED Lost Soul (Off Yer Rocka Recordings)
FRAMING HANLEY Puzzle Pieces (Thermal Entertainment LLC)
ROBERT HART Mysterious (Escape Music)



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