Johnny Jones - Bio

  Jones was born in 1936 and travelled to Memphis at the age of 13, witnessing his first live blues performance by Joe Hill Louis, before moving with his mother to Chicago in the early 50s. There, he was exposed to all the blues greats of the era, including Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf, and he shared an apartment with harmonica player Walter McCollum. Together they formed a small group, working regularly with Junior Wells and Freddy King. Jones moved back to Nashville and became a studio guitarist. His band, the Imperial Seven, were formed in the early 60s, and worked regularly at the renowned New Era club in Nashville. Jimi Hendrix regularly sat in on these sessions. Jones also played rhythm guitar, alongside Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, in the backing band for the Dallas television show The Beat. He formed a new band in 1968, the King Casuals, who cut a number of singles for the Peachtree record label. However, by the late 70s, frustrated with irregular payments, Jones had all but retired, aside from a stint playing guitar for Bobby Bland.