Tutu Jones

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Tutu Jones
Birth nameJohn Jones Jr.
Born (1966-09-09) September 9, 1966 (age 52)
Dallas, Texas, United States
GenresElectric blues, soul blues, country blues[1]
Occupation(s)Guitarist, singer, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals, drums
Years active1970s–present
LabelsJSP, Rounder, Doc Blues, CD Baby

Tutu Jones (born September 9, 1966) is an American electric blues and soul blues guitarist, singer and songwriter.[1] He has cited Freddie King and Z. Z. Hill as influences on his playing style.[2] Since 1994, Jones has released five albums.[1]

Life and career[edit]

John Jones Jr. was born in Dallas, Texas, the son of a Dallas-based R&B guitarist, Johnny B. Jones. Through his father's work, he was introduced to house guests such as Freddie King, L. C. Clark, Ernie Johnson and Little Joe Blue. Jones began playing the guitar by the age of five, by which time he had acquired his nickname Tutu from his father.[3]

He began his career in adolescence, as a drummer, graduating from backing his uncles Barefoot Miller and L. C. Clark (the latter in 1976)[2] to working with Z. Z. Hill and R. L. Burnside.[1][4]

Meanwhile, working on his own guitar playing, by 1989 Jones had moved on to fronting his own bands.[3] This in led to the recording of his debut album, I'm For Real, on JSP Records in 1994.[1] It was nominated for a W. C. Handy Award.[2] Blues Texas Soul followed two years later, and Staying Power in 1998.[1][4]

A live album, Tutu Jones Live, was issued in 2005 by Doc Blues Records. A journalist at the Austin Chronicle then stated, "bluesmen are traditionalists, but Jones learns how to mesh soulful wails with syrupy blues that are as sweaty live as they are in quiet studios."[5]

His album Inside Out was released by CD Baby in 2009.[4]


Year Title Record label
1994 I'm For Real JSP
1996 Texas Blues Soul Rounder
1998 Staying Power Rounder
2005 Tutu Jones Live Doc Blues
2009 Inside Out CD Baby


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Jason Ankeny. "Tutu Jones". Allmusic. Retrieved October 17, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Bill Harriman. "Tutu Jones". Swaves.com. Retrieved October 17, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Govenar, Alan (2008). Texas Blues: The Rise of Contemporary Sound (1st ed.). College Station, Texas: Texas A&M University Press. pp. 159/65. ISBN 978-1585446056.
  4. ^ a b c d "Tutu Jones Biography". Tutujones.com. Retrieved October 17, 2012.
  5. ^ "Tutu Jones". Docbluesrecords.com. Retrieved October 17, 2012.

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