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A legend of the blues guitar

Carvin Jones has been called one of the 50 greatest blues artists of all time

By Ariana Kramer
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 3/20/19

Carvin Jones began our phone conversation by crediting his grandfather for his musical start. It was by listening to his grandfather's records of B.B. King "every day and every night" that a young …

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A legend of the blues guitar

Carvin Jones has been called one of the 50 greatest blues artists of all time

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Carvin Jones began our phone conversation by crediting his grandfather for his musical start. It was by listening to his grandfather's records of B.B. King "every day and every night" that a young Jones first fell in love with the guitar and learned to play it. He also paid close attention to Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, ZZ Top and others. Although Jones is the only musician in his family, that has not been an impediment for him. Guitarist magazine recognized Jones as one of the 50 greatest blues guitarists of all time.

Jones comes to Taos on Saturday (March 23) for a show that starts at 8 p.m. at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west.

At this point, Jones told me he has been playing guitar for 46 years. He travels the world, performing more than 300 shows a year. Some of his favorite places to travel are Barcelona, London, Rome and Paris. In 2016, Jones celebrated his 50th birthday with a concert in Valladolid, Spain.

"I could not believe 60,000 people came to see just me," said Jones.

For his Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership show Jones will be performing with local musicians, bassist Colin Jenkinson and drummer Max Moulton. "They are really, really fantastic," Jones said.

Jones' credentials are impressive. Among the musicians Jones has shared the stage and toured with are B.B. King, Santana, Jeff Beck, Albert King, Albert Collins, The Animals, REO Speedwagon, and Jimmie Vaughan and Double Trouble. Jones has also performed with Joe Cocker and the Fabulous Thunderbirds.

The Carvin Jones Band has released four albums. They are "What You Need" (1999), "The Carvinator" (2008), "Victory Is Mine" (2014) and "What a Good Day" (2018). Prior to his work with the Carvin Jones Band, Jones released 11 albums. For his Taos show, he says you can expect to hear some original tunes, and maybe a Jimi Hendrix number.

When he's not playing music Jones told me he likes to play basketball.

"I'm a basketball junkie. I play all the time and I stay in shape. You see I'm a relatively skinny guy. That's what I stay in shape doing," said Jones.

Jones said he'll stop his tour bus to go into a gym and get some jump shots in. The sport keeps him happy.

Of all the places he has traveled, Jones recalls some of his most memorable adventures happened when he performed for U.S. troops in Iraq and Kuwait. "I even played basketball in Iraq and Kuwait with the troops," Jones said. One of the things he recalls from those trips is the heat, which was stifling, with temperatures reaching 134 degrees.

Jones said to perform for the troops was the greatest experience of his career.

Although Jones lives in the neighboring state of Arizona (in Phoenix) this will be his first time visiting Taos. "I am extremely excited," said Jones, about coming to Taos. He plans to spend a few days here to visit the sights, eat good food and meet the people from our Northern New Mexico community.

"I've been blessed to play all over the world in 37 countries now," said Jones. "I'm excited as heck to come to Taos."

Jones takes his entertainment seriously. He asked me to tell you this: if you come out to hear him, you will see a show like you've never seen in your life.

Tickets are $15.

For more information, call (575) 758-1900 or visit carvinjones.com or taosmesabrewing.com.

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