Paul "Wine" Jones

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Paul "Wine" Jones
Born (1946-07-01)July 1, 1946
Flora, Mississippi, United States
Died October 9, 2005(2005-10-09) (aged 59)
Jackson, Mississippi, United States
Genres Electric blues, delta blues, contemporary blues
Occupation(s) Singer, guitarist
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1990s–2005
Labels Fat Possum

Paul "Wine" Jones (July 1, 1946 – October 9, 2005) was an American contemporary blues guitarist and singer.[1]

Music writer Paul Du Noyer noted that Jones, R. L. Burnside, Big Jack Johnson, Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes and James "Super Chikan" Johnson were "present-day exponents of an edgier, electrified version of the raw, uncut Delta blues sound".[2]


Jones was born in Flora, Mississippi, and learned to play guitar by the age of four.[1] In his teens he played at house parties, and later worked with James "Son" Thomas and harmonica player Little Willy Foster.[3] However, Jones played music mainly as a pastime, He also worked with local musicians such as Bob and Sid Cobb, George Sheldon,Craig Collins, Tommy Hollis , Bill Abel, Tommy Warren, Zach Kiker ,Goat Hill Productions, Pickle Byest and many others while working on farms up to 1971, when he became a welder in Belzoni, Mississippi.[1]

In 1995 and 1996, Jones performed outside of Mississippi, when he was a member of Fat Possum's "Mississippi Juke Joint Caravan".[1][3] His 1995 debut album, Mule, was produced by the music critic Robert Palmer.[1] On the album he was accompanied by drummer Sam Carr, and guitarist Big Jack Johnson.[1] Fat Possum (an independent record label in Oxford, Mississippi), as well as managing the latter careers of Junior Kimbrough and R. L. Burnside, gave opportunity to a number of amateurs, mostly from rural Mississippi, who had seldom or never recorded before. Some, such as T-Model Ford and Asie Payton, moved on to higher billing, but others such as Jones, were left on the sidelines.[3]

Jones died of cancer, at the age of 59, in Jackson, Mississippi, in October 2005.[4]



  1. ^ a b c d e f Richard Skelly. "Paul "Wine" Jones | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  2. ^ Du Noyer, Paul (2003). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music (1st ed.). Fulham, London: Flame Tree Publishing. p. 160. ISBN 1-904041-96-5. 
  3. ^ a b c "Obituary by Tony Russell". London: October 14, 2005. Retrieved December 22, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Paul "Wine" Jones R.I.P. - WFMU's Beware of the Blog". 2005-10-10. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  5. ^ "Paul "Wine" Jones | Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  6. ^ "Paul Wine Jones - Stop Arguing Over Me | Fat Possum Records". Retrieved 2014-01-28.