Highway Bound -Lloyd Jones CD review
Portland blues and roots troubadour Lloyd Jones has no doubt reached a pinnacle in his 30 year career with his latest release Highway Bound a collection of mostly solo traditional folk blues worthy of inclusion in the Smithsonian Folkways collection. This sixteen song set features Jones’ mastery of finger picking on acoustic and electric guitar accompanying his seasoned gravely tenor on a recording that should serve as his legacy for all time. Covering the classics from W.C Handy, Blind Willy Motel, to, Leadbetter, Sonny Boy Williamson and of course Robert Johnson ,Jones gives is a lesson in the origin of the blues and how the tradition must be carried on. Charlie Musselwhite and Curtis Salgado join their old friend with terrific harmonica counter point on “Ice Cream Man,” and “lazy Bones,” adding more authenticity and charm to an already pristine recording. Jones claims that on Highway Bound he is “playing some of his favorite folk blues, simply and honestly,” of that there is little doubt he has hit the mark, and made his heroes proud. An instant classic.
Rick J Bowen